What is it about?

This publication is about research on DevOps metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs). The study analyses a collection of 139 articles to extract significant data for the research. It covers the distribution of publications over the years, with a focus on the increasing relevance of the topic in 2020 and 2021, as well as the importance of metrics in continuous integration and delivery processes. The research aims to expand the main metrics to create a broader and more useful list. The study acknowledges limitations in the sources used, which include blogs, white papers, and reports, rather than solely academic peer-reviewed research papers. Overall, the publication provides insights into the evolution and importance of DevOps metrics and KPIs in the software development industry.

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Why is it important?

The research on DevOps metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) is important for several reasons: * Performance Improvement: By measuring and analyzing key metrics in the DevOps process, teams can identify areas for improvement, optimize workflows, and enhance overall performance. * Decision-Making: Metrics provide valuable data that can help stakeholders make informed decisions about resource allocation, project prioritization, and process improvements. * Continuous Improvement: Monitoring metrics over time allows teams to track progress, set achievable goals, and continuously improve their DevOps practices. * Industry Relevance: As the software development industry evolves, understanding and implementing effective DevOps metrics and KPIs become essential for staying competitive and meeting customer demands. * Benchmarking: By comparing performance metrics with industry standards or best practices, organizations can benchmark their performance and strive for excellence. * Innovation: A focus on metrics encourages innovation and experimentation within DevOps teams, leading to new and improved processes and technologies. Overall, the research on DevOps metrics and KPIs plays a crucial role in enhancing efficiency, effectiveness, and competitiveness in software development practices.


Our motivation for this work comes from the need to connect industry practices and academic research in the field of DevOps metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs). By doing so, we hope to contribute to the growing body of knowledge in this area with significant data from a diverse range of sources. Ultimately, we aim to advance the knowledge and understanding in the field of DevOps metrics, with the goal of contributing to the continuous growth and innovation in the software development practices.

Ricardo Amaro
ISCTE-Instituto Universitario de Lisboa

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This page is a summary of: DevOps Metrics and KPIs: A Multivocal Literature Review, ACM Computing Surveys, April 2024, ACM (Association for Computing Machinery),
DOI: 10.1145/3652508.
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