Key Metrics to Track in DevOps (Part 1)

Metrics to Monitor | Alibaba Cloud

What would make your DevOps implantation the most efficient? Recording the most important metrics in your DevOps cycle will help with efficiency. You need to know what the DevOps challenge is for your organization. You can’t have a solution until you know the problem.

Deployment Size

Bigger is not always better. Falling short and not meeting customer satisfaction is also something you would want to avoid. It’s all about how to implement your DevOps. The first thing you would want to keep in check is how many modules you are working on and how much work these would need in terms of the development perspective. Revisiting the same code multiple times is something no team wants. When you are working with continuous integration and delivery, you need to keep a close check on your deployment size. That has to be in limits and coordination with your team capacity and size.

Deployment Frequency

Maintain a deployment frequency that doesn’t interfere with team collaboration efforts. If you are running your containerized application through automated testing, there is a good chance that errors and frequency of failure will be less when compared to manual testing practice. Most of the teams that work around the clock to achieve productivity go through segmented phases that directly affect DevOps efficiency. To curb this, you need to maintain a deployment frequency that makes sure that all teams can keep up with it. During pre-production and production, you need to maintain the QA to make sure that you are no putting out post-release fires regularly.

Compound Time to Deploy

The time taken for complete deployment from start to finish is a metric one must follow. If an application is taking too much time to deploy, it might affect the overall performance and raise an issue that reflects on a bigger problem with your code. If all of your back-end server resources are up for grabs, your code is working fine in pre-production, but your module takes a longer time to deploy, this points to a bigger problem.

Defect Escape Rate

I have already written an article about defect escape rate, which you check out to learn more about this metric.

Things to Take Away

We will discuss more metrics in Part 2 of this series. The most important bit to take away from this article is that Velocity, Quality, and Performance are the virtues of DevOps. If you can maintain these, your DevOps model is evolving at the correct pace.

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