Review Time Metric

Ensure your team's collaboration is effective and efficient. The Review Time metric offers a precise measure of the duration taken from the onset of the review process up to the moment a pull request is approved. By focusing on this stage of the Cycle Time, you gain insights into the fluidity and responsiveness of your team's review process, paving the way for timely project deliveries.

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Review Time Metric

Ensure your team's collaboration is effective and efficient. The Review Time metric offers a precise measure of the duration taken from the onset of the review process up to the moment a pull request is approved. By focusing on this stage of the Cycle Time, you gain insights into the fluidity and responsiveness of your team's review process, paving the way for timely project deliveries.

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What Is Review Time?

The Review Time metric calculates the average duration between the initial submission of a review and the subsequent approval of a pull request, benchmarked over a selected period. It is pivotal for engineering teams aiming to grasp the efficiency of their complete review cycle, ensuring that the time invested in code reviews yields value and expedites project progress.

Note for GitLab users:

For teams predominantly utilizing MR comments for reviews in GitLab, consider tweaking the formula by replacing “first_submitted_at” with “first_comment_at” (also in the filters). Given that GitLab doesn't inherently have a review concept, only approvals, this adjustment approximates the start of the review phase more accurately.

Understanding the Review Time Metric

This metric emerges from the temporal gap between the submission of the inaugural review and the eventual approval of the pull request — a window dictated by your PR approval policy. It’s a reflection of both the thoroughness and agility of your review process, helping teams identify potential bottlenecks and inefficiencies.

Strategies to Optimize the Review Time

Reducing PR Size

Trimming down the size of development items can make the review process more agile. Large items, while possibly comprehensive, can be cumbersome to review, test, and deploy.

Allocating Dedicated Review Time

Assign specific intervals, daily or weekly, for engineers to carry out their reviews, ensuring no PR lingers longer than necessary.

Leveraging Mentorship and Growth

Leverage the expertise of seasoned engineers to mentor and train junior reviewers. Over time, this nurtures a culture of incisive and rigorous reviews, thereby reducing the review iterations required.

Diagnosing Software Development Challenges

By pinpointing complexity in the development process that results in intricate code structures or patterns, you can preemptively alleviate the pressures on the review stage.

Are you ready to refine your team’s review efficiency? Delve into the Review Time metric and start the transformation today.

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