How to Measure Build Time

Learn about Build Time, including how to measure it, and leverage it in dashboards and visualizations with Metabase.

What is Build Time?

Build time is a metric that talks about how long it takes to complete a project to MVP for testing. This is meant to show efficient your team flow is overtime with a variety of projects being factored in. Learning patterns is the best way to create actionable change, and build time can help you with that. Visualizing build time can help your team identify areas of improvement and learn more about team stability and reliability. It can also help you in the cost estimate stage of a new project to see how specific aspects of projects have historically panned out. The time spent on a project is an extremely valuable nugget of information that can help you get better at predicting the resources required to push out projects.

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How to calculate Build Time

Build time is measured in hours and minutes and should be logged overtime. From start to finish, you’ll log build time, usually in a graph. Eventually when you’ve gotten enough information, you can start to look at averages and specific aspects of builds that contribute to build time. You’ll also start to notice trends that allow your team to make better decisions about time allocation.

Other KPIs to measure related to Build Time

  • Change Failure Rate
  • Lead Time For Changes
  • Mean Time Between Failure
  • Error Rate
  • Online Application Performance
  • Cost of New Development
  • Automated Test Pass Percentage
  • Response Times
  • Downtime

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