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The Reasons for Measuring Software Engineering

When thinking about measuring the performance of your software engineering teams, the first question to answer is why? After observing the practices of elite software development organizations, it’s clear that there are numerous reasons for a company to monitor, track, and measure software engineering.  

These reasons include:

  1. Assisting engineering leadership in understanding team performance

  2. Tracking performance over time to aid in strategic planning

  3. Identifying areas that require improvement, such as quality or speed

  4. Optimizing the development environment to enhance developer effectiveness

  5. Estimating project costs

  6. Facilitating hiring decisions, ensuring sufficient capacity to meet demand

  7. Forecasting project delivery dates

  8. Measuring the impact of software engineering on overall business performance

  9. Improving the overall development process and culture