SPACE: A Framework for Understanding Developer Productivity

The SPACE of Developer Productivity

This framework, called SPACE, captures the most important dimensions of developer productivity: satisfaction and well-being; performance; activity; communication and collaboration; and efficiency and flow. By recognizing and measuring productivity with more than just a single dimension, teams and organizations can better understand how people and teams work, and they can make better decisions.

How to Use the Framework

To measure developer productivity, teams and leaders (and even individuals) should capture several metrics across multiple dimensions of the framework--at least three are recommended.

Another recommendation is that at least one of the metrics include perceptual measures such as survey data. By including perceptions about people's lived experiences, a more complete picture of productivity can be constructed.

Having too many metrics may also lead to confusion and lower motivation; not all dimensions need to be included for the framework to be helpful.