Complete Guide to DORA Metrics

If you want to improve your engineering efficiency easily and continuously, you have to know where you stand. Always. And the best way to do that is with DORA metrics. They're the right metrics because they're backed with research, they focus on teams, not individuals (they're developer friendly), and they have industry-wide acceptance. Finally, we have a standardized way to measure efficiency. Check out our complete guide to DORA metrics to understand what the DORA metrics are, and how to track and use them.


2023 State of DevOps Report Takeaways

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What are DORA metrics?

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DORA metrics have become the industry standard for measuring engineering efficiency, but how? And why?

Start here to get the lay of the land and learn what the DORA organization and research is about, and what the four DORA metrics are. (Spoiler: the DORA metrics aren’t really about the metrics; they’re about developers.)

How to track DORA metrics

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Tracking DORA metrics helps you determine how well your software team is executing by measuring your speed, quality, and reliability, relative your own team's baseline or other teams in the industry.

How to use DORA metrics

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We can talk about the ideas, theories, and research behind DORA metrics all day, but that only goes so far with putting them into practice in the real world.

One of the most beneficial DORA metrics use cases is being able to look at the data they provide to understand why something went wrong, know what questions to ask to get a useful answer, and use that answer to improve your team.

For example, you can use DORA metrics to answer questions like “How is my team doing at scale?” and “Are we still efficient?” and “Are we breaking things more or less often?” There are numerous other ways to use DORA metrics, so dig in here to learn more.