Agile + DevOps West 2023 Industry Presentation : DORA Metrics: We're Using Them Wrong


Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 11:30am to 12:15pm

DORA Metrics: We're Using Them Wrong

DORA metrics, popularized by the book Accelerate, are a powerful tool for engineering improvement when used in the right context. But the community is using Lead Time, Deployment Frequency, Change Failure Rate and Time to Restore incorrectly.


  • Why DORA metrics do not, on their own, lead to better business outcomes 
  • Why Sprint Planning Accuracy is the best indicator of elite teams and software projects 
  • Five leading indicator metrics you need to boost to improve the DORA 4 
  • Four step process we use to improve DORA metrics and Sprint Planning Accuracy 
  • How we optimize individual developer workflow to sustain improvement
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Zach Westall


Zach Westall is a Sr. Product Marketing Manager with LinearB. Before accepting the mission of helping engineering teams improve, Zach was at F5/NGINX. serving as the bard for their visibility, management, automation, and container stories.
When he's not at work you can usually find him on the slopes, on a disc golf course, reading fantasy literature, or hanging out with his wife, Michelle and their two dogs, Jax and Artoo.