Benchmarking software development is the activity of recording the metrics and attributes of a software endeavour for comparative purposes.
Are we better than average developers?
Would you like to know if your team is more productive? More prone to making bugs? If these are the questions that you are asking yourself then you’ll want to look more closely at benchmarking.
You might want to compare the development productivity of one organisation over another. You might want to assess whether your software activities are sufficiently staffed. You might want to compare how productive one team is over another.
When you compare the activities of one team vs another within an organisation, that’s internal comparison. Comparing against another similar organisation is referred to as external comparison.
Software benchmarking lets you demonstrate the productivity, cost-effectiveness and quality of your software development and maintenance work. Once you know your numbers versus the benchmarks of highly productive teams, you can then start to look at improving how you work and make changes to deliver better quality software, faster and cheaper.