Measuring Continuous Delivery

How to measure Continuous Delivery adoption within an organisation.


In this book, I will show you how to measure your Continuous Delivery journey, from how fast you are currently going to how fast you want to go.

Continuous Delivery is a set of holistic principles and practices to reduce time to market and provide an organisation with a strategic competitive advantage, but adoption is invariably a challenging and time-consuming journey. Before adoption, the current time to market and desired time to market are often unknown, which makes alignment and collaboration between individuals, teams, and departments difficult. During adoption practices, techniques, and tools are often introduced without acceptance criteria, with makes it hard to assess and learn from the impact of changes.

What does a successful Continuous Delivery outcome look like, how do we move towards that outcome, and how do we measure our progress along the way? To answer these questions, we need an ongoing quantification of delivery stability and speed.


I am writing this book for executives, managers, leaders, and practitioners who wish to adopt Continuous Delivery. I am particularly looking to help people who are stuck on one or more of the following questions:

  • What would Continuous Delivery look like for my organisation?
  • Where should I start to try and make improvements?
  • How do I know if practice X/technique Y/tool Z has had a positive impact?

I have overseen Continuous Delivery adoption at one organisation for 10 teams over 3 years and another for 50 teams over 2.5 years, and I will show how automating the collection of release metadata and reporting of a few simple metrics can provide a powerful insight into Continuous Delivery.

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