Targets can be set on all components of engineering success.
- Targets on alignment are desired levels of efforts allocation. For example, you may define success as less than 20% of efforts allocated to maintenance, and over 50% of efforts allocated to company goals.
- Targets on delivery are desired levels for the delivery performance metrics (i.e., lead time, deployment frequency, mean time to recovery, and change failure rate).
- Targets on health are thresholds for the impediments dimensions.
Targets are set at the team level and optionally cascade to sub-teams. Each team inherits targets from its ancestors and may define its own override. An organization may set a target for alignment of 20% of efforts allocated to maintenance, but have a local override for the team maintaining a legacy platform (which is expected to spend more on maintenance than other teams).
Setting an allocation target
Updated 20 Mar 2023
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