Change Lead Time Explained

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Change Lead Time is a DORA metric that measures the time taken from when a developer starts writing code for a feature or change to when that change is released to end users. It can be broken down into three stages: coding, code review, and deployment. By measuring Change Lead Time spent overall and in individual stages, teams can gain insights into their processes and identify areas for improvement. Key strategies to improve Change Lead Time include automating testing, using ephemeral environments, reducing review lag, and implementing canary releases. It's crucial not to skimp on accuracy when tracking this metric and to focus on improving the entire system rather than individual metrics alone.


Date published
May 19, 2022


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