How to Measure Cost of New Development

Learn about Cost of New Development, including how to measure it, and leverage it in dashboards and visualizations with Metabase.

What is Cost of New Development?

The cost of new development calculation measures how much it’ll cost to develop new software based on a variety of factors. It’s important to have a general idea of how much a project will cost in order to allocate funds and have realistic expectations for labor and time. It’s easier than you might think to improperly estimate the cost of new development, so having carefully thought-out expectations can help you avoid any budgeting or labor issues.

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How to calculate Cost of New Development

The cost of new developments depends entirely on your projects. The complexity of your project will heavily dictate how much time and money you’ll need to develop it. Additionally, you’ll want to be able to visualize how projects have gone in the past alongside your predictions. The complexity level can be anywhere from 1-3 months for simple software to 6+ months for complex software. You should map out how many people you’ll need for a team including QA engineers, developers on both the front end and back end, project managers, and more. You’ll also need to break down each major component of the project and decide a realistic amount of time for each section to be completed in by each member of your team. Be sure to give the team wiggle room to avoid too much pressure. When you have all the hour estimates laid out for labor for each position working on the project, you can calculate each person’s labor cost individually. After you’re done doing that, you can add all of that together with the cost of any technologies needed to get a rough estimate of how much your development will cost.

Other KPIs to measure related to Cost of New Development

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

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