A monorepo is a software development strategy where code for many projects is stored in the same repository. With the nature of many projects being stored in a single place, tracking monorepo's can be tricky.
This article will cover different methods to help get more insights from monorepo's.
How do measure Cycle Time in monorepo?
Most monorepo's have top-level folders dividing each project into its own path. An example structure would be like the following:
The first thought would be analyzing be folder and file paths. Even though Haystack does not read source code, we can achieve this by using certain tools.
Github Labeler is a tool that would automatically label each pull request with certain rules. Adding the following rule will automatically add a label
myProjectName to every pull request which has edited a code from the folder.
With labels setup correctly, you can
If there is a clean project structure, this method should handle verticals. However, if the monorepo has many cross-project work going on (horizontals), then this method might not satisfy.
We have seen a few teams tracking horizontals is filtering by branch.
Note: Branch filtering requires process changes inside your company
How do measure Deployments in monorepo?
Haystack allows different ways to configure deployments. For monorepo's we have seen multiple ways of tracking.
We recommend having a consistent deployment method across all projects simplifying DevOps, CI, CD, and measuring these projects.
git tag: with this method, you can tag your deployment commits like
v1.2.3and Haystack can calculate deployments accurately for that project. We'd recommend tagging more specific like
ProjectA-v1.2.3clearing out any confusion when diving deeper into deployments.
merged into branch: with this method, you can assume any pull request merged into a default branch like
mastercan be counted as deployments
containing label: with this method, you can label deployment pull requests as
deploymentallowing Haystack to know the differences.
Once the deployment method is standardized, filtering by that project would show accurate metrics for that project.
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If none of these methods work your use case, reach us at [email protected] and our team will help support your needs!