Cycle Time Explained

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Cycle Time is an essential metric for improving productivity within a team, though not one of the four DORA metrics. It measures the time taken from a request being made to code being healthy in production. This broader and more inclusive metric than Change Lead Time addresses the needs of stakeholders who can request features and end users who expect software to work reliably. Cycle Time is crucial for improving productivity as it helps keep track of backlog size, ensures that the team delivers what the business wants, and allows for strategic planning and goal setting. By measuring and managing Cycle Time effectively, teams can improve their delivery speed and turn around features faster.


Date published
Sept. 13, 2022


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By Matt Makai. 2021-2024.