Average time to first review

The average time it takes for the first review to be made on a Pull Request.

How to Use It?

  • Enhance Review Efficiency: Encourage the team to improve the speed at which Pull Requests receive their first review, enhancing the overall responsiveness of the review process.

  • Resource Allocation: Use this metric to determine if additional resources or adjustments in team schedules are necessary to ensure timely reviews.

  • Monitor Reviewer Availability: Regularly assess the availability and workload of reviewers to better balance their responsibilities and prevent delays.

  • Set Clear Expectations: Define and communicate benchmarks for response times to set clear expectations for how quickly reviews should commence.

  • Feedback Loop Optimization: Focus on speeding up the initial review process to catch issues earlier, which can streamline the entire development cycle.

Strategic Implementation of Average Time to First Review

  • Review Process Streamlining: Develop strategies aimed at reducing the time to first review, such as implementing automated reminders or scheduling specific times for review tasks.

  • Performance Targets: Set and track performance targets for the time to first review to continuously improve the efficiency of the review process.

  • Early Engagement: Encourage early engagement of reviewers in the Pull Request process to minimize wait times and accelerate the review cycle.

Considerations for Implementation

  • Reviewer Training: Provide ongoing training and support for reviewers to enhance their efficiency and effectiveness, helping to reduce the time to first review.

  • Cultural Integration: Ensure that the focus on reducing review times is integrated into the team culture in a way that promotes collaboration and maintains quality.

  • Feedback and Continuous Improvement: Establish a system for regular feedback on the review process, using insights to refine strategies and improve the metric’s impact on development practices.

  • Balanced Approach: While emphasizing speed, maintain a balanced approach that ensures thoroughness in reviews, avoiding the rush that might compromise the quality of code review and feedback.