Feature launch: 3 new ways to manage a better sprint

Uplevel is your engineering insights solution that leverages data from everyday developer tools to help you reliably meet your sprint goals without burning out your team. Today, we’re announcing a new suite of features to support better sprints.
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Uplevel is on a mission to help teams meet their sprint goals – without burning out the team. Today, we’re doubling down on sprint goals and announcing three new features.

This launch is composed of three key metrics: Sprint Health Score, Sprint Progress, and PR Cycle Time.

SPRINT HEALTH SCORE

Every sprint has unique victories and obstacles, but over time, we uncover revealing patterns about sprint health. This new Sprint Health Score analyzes Project and People metrics to create one overarching score. In your Uplevel dashboard, you’ll see higher-level views of both current and historic scores for a sense of change over time.

  • “Project” scores draw from Jira and PR data, considering factors like the proportion of bug work, issues carried over from past sprints, and the prevalence of adding new issues during sprints. We also factor in best practices like utilizing descriptions and storypoints. PRs that lack reviewers or get merged without approval get folded into this score, too.
  • “People” scores consider patterns and averages in areas like Always On, Context Switching, Deep Work, and Slack Interruptions. Each of these scores impacts personal productivity during sprints, so you’ll see current sprint data—and comparisons with all recent sprints.

These Project and People insights ladder up to an overall Sprint Health Score. This will help managers support their teams in focused, effective ways during sprints. On a broader level, these scores will provide data-rich information for Sprint retros.

SPRINT PROGRESS

When we talk to engineering managers, we often hear a need to see current progress—and anticipated outcomes—of each sprint. The addition of a Sprint Progress bar achieves both.

Managers and teams can use this progress bar to understand items that are To Do, In Progress, or Done. Based on where you currently stand, Uplevel generates a prediction of “Projected Done” by the sprint end date.

PR CYCLE TIME

Lastly, engineers need to understand their PR cycle patterns in order to achieve sharper, more effective workstreams. Uplevel looks at historical and average time for PRs to reach status points like Code, Wait for Review, Review, and Release.

You can find a summary of these cycle times at the top of the Project Explorer detail page. Additionally, users can filter by Epics/Projects/Individuals to learn more. This PR tracker shares data-based insights and patterns regarding PR lifecycles so that teams can set goals for more efficient work.

We’re always creating something new at Uplevel. We’re proud to share these three metrics for a central pillar of our work lives: sprint health. Request a demo to learn more.