5 Most Valuable Metrics for Git Repositories

Software development is a rapidly changing industry, and software developers must follow suit if they want to stay competitive in the market. And today, there is no better way to assess a project’s or team’s progress rather than git analytics.

In the past, source code was the software project’s most important asset. But, today it is the project’s development history and all other related artifacts in git repositories that are most valuable. Git is a very popular distributed version control system used by many software projects. By storing versions of files throughout a project’s lifetime, git makes it easy for developers to work together. Git tracks changes in every single file and thus knows everything about how a project has evolved over time.

Here are the 5 most valuable metrics for git repositories.

  • Cycle time

Cycle time is a well-known agile metric, which measures the amount of time it takes to make progress in a sprint. This is done by measuring the amount of time between the start and end of a software development cycle. The cycle time includes all processes involved in the project, from initializing a task, to coding, testing, bug fixing, and updating production. 

  • Coding time

Coding time is the amount of time that goes into writing a single unit of code. This is calculated by figuring out how many lines of code are written for every hour spent on the project. The fewer lines of code, the better.

  • PR pick-up time

PR pick-up time implies the time it takes for developers to read about a new feature or pull requests in the project, determine if it is worth implementing, and actually implement it. This metric can be measured in hours or days. A larger PR pick-up time means that pull requests are parked for a long time, which can hurt the project’s productivity. 

  • PR review time

PR review time measures the time that goes into reviewing a bug fix or a new feature before it is actually implemented. Ideally, this number should be as low as possible. If PR review time grows, it implies that the project’s feedback loop is growing too big, which will decrease the project’s chances to thrive.

  • Rework rate

Rework rate is the percentage of bugs found in production and all subsequent maintenance work or rework that goes into fixing them. This metric is also called churn rate. The lower the rework rate, the better.

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