02 Sep 05

Another Build Frequency Inkblot

I’m glad to hear that someone else peeked under the CruiseControl metrics tab for a glimpse at their project’s build frequency. Here’s an interesting (colorful!) one from a reader who shall remain anonymous:

Notice how different it is from the first team's chart. For starters, the broken build frequency seems high, but at least they’re periodically getting back to a healthy state. I’d suggest they could do a bit more local testing before checking in code, or perhaps just get a bit more sleep. The person who submitted the chart included the following commentary:

We’re not so hip on the 40 hour work week; this activity is all from four people in the same office. Please don’t mistake that as bragging.

What else do you see when you look at this chart?