What is “Build Failure Rate”?
The “Build Failure Rate” DevOps quality metric measures the percentage of builds that fail over a given period of time. An increase in build failure rates likely indicates that the application’s overall “health” is deteriorating.
How “Build Failure Rate” Ranks vs. Other DevOps Quality Metrics
In new Forrester research on DevOps quality metrics, DevOps leaders ranked “Build Failure Rate” as the #7 most valued build quality metric. Of the 32% of DevOps leaders who measured this metric, 56% of them ranked it as one of their most valuable DevOps quality metrics. This metric was not found to be a “DevOps Differentiator” (DevOps experts/leaders measured it significantly more than DevOps laggards did).
Here‘s a quick look at how “Build Failure Rate” is positioned vs. other Build Metrics—based on the raw data collected from DevOps experts. “DevOps Differentiators” are highlighted in green.
These findings are expanded upon in the new ebook: Forrester Research on DevOps Quality Metrics that Matter: 75 Common Metrics—Ranked by Industry Experts.