Code Integration Frequency

The average number of production-ready pull requests a team closes per day, normalized by the number of developers on the team. On a team with 5 developers, healthy CI practice is at least 5 per day.

What is the intended behavior?

  • Increase the frequency of code integration
  • Reduce the size of each change
  • Improve code review processes
  • Remove unneeded processes
  • Improve quality feedback

How to improve it

  • Decompose code changes into smaller units to incrementally deliver features.
  • Use BDD to aid functional breakdown.
  • Use TDD to design more modular code that can be integrated more frequently.
  • USe feature flags, branch by abstraction, or other coding techniques to control the release of new features.

How to game it

  • Meaningless changes integrated to trunk.
  • Breaking changes integrated to trunk.

Guardrail Metrics

Metrics to use in combination with this metric to prevent unintended consequences.

  • Quality decreases if testing is skipped.
Last modified December 15, 2023: Reorganize (7579932)