What is Work Type?

Work Type is a representation of the split types of work done, I.e. New work or Maintenance work. Lines of Code and Rework of Own or Others work is also mentioned in some of the graphs. As a general rule, New Work should preside over Maintenance Work as it shows innovation and growth within the team.

New Work Percentage

What is New Work Percentage?

This metric quite literally gives the percentage of work considered New within the system.

What does New Work Percentage do?

This metric helps quickly identify whether the team is using their time productively and if the system is productive as a whole. The higher the number the better as it shows how much work and time was spent on making new features rather than doing maintenance on old code.

Why use New Work Percentage?

It is a quick way to determine whether progress is being bottlenecked by old, redundant code or not. Further actions include drill-down but may also include further team training such that the same problem is less likely to happen in future.

Cycle Time by Work Types and Total Cycle Time by Work Type

What is Cycle Time by Work Types and Total Cycle Time by Work Type?

These two graphs are a visual representation of the breakdown of work types within weekly cycles.

What does Cycle Time by Work Types and Total Cycle Time by Work Type do?

These charts give another perspective on where work is allocated, this time showing all the types of work done. Typical red flags are:

  • Low New Work Maintenance ratio

  • Increasing Rework Own (drop in efficiency)

  • Decreasing Rework Others (collaboration) and significant composition change (quality risk).

Why use Cycle Time by Work Types and Total Cycle Time by Work Type?

It is a more in depth way of finding out where the other types of work are going. If there is a problem with New Work Percentage then this is the place to find where all the other work is going and fix it afterwards.

Code Change by Work Types and Total Code Change by Work Type

What is Code Change by Work Types and Total Code Change by Work Type?

These two graphs are a visual representation of Merged code change (lines of code) by work type across time.

What does Code Change by Work Types and Total Code Change by Work Type do?

These charts give yet another perspective on where work is allocated, this time giving an even more in-depth view of how the codebase has changed. Typical red flags are:

  • Low New Work : Maintenance ratio

  • Increasing Rework Own (drop in efficiency)

  • Decreasing Rework Others (collaboration)

  • Significant composition change (quality risk).

Why use Code Change by Work Types and Total Code Change by Work Type?

These metrics are another way of finding out what section the most work has been put into and by extension, which areas may need to be investigated further to find the source of a potential blocker.

Work Type Vs Language

What is Work Type Vs Language?

Here the graph shows in which language the different types of work’s code was written.

What does Work Type Vs Language do?

This metric should help you figure out what training and what area the developers should be most comfortable coding in. This is not a graph to find potential blockers but is included as further knowledge about the teams own work. If there was a language with significant rework own, then expertise and training may be needed in this area.

Why use Work Type Vs Language?

This metric is useful in filling in any knowledge gaps for any contributors and finding the most important languages for developers to learn.

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