Metrics for a product company tell us where we are and help us decide where to go. Metrics fall on a spectrum from high-level to low-level.
The way I like to think about metrics is grouped by business, product, service and system.
Service in this context is the thing built, maintained and run by Software Developers to implement the product. It is not the public-facing service users consume or pay for.
Similarly, a system in this context is where the service is running. These days it is in the cloud like AWS, but it could also be a server in one’s own data center.
This grouping of metrics corresponds to distinct owners:
Metrics on this spectrum also correspond to slower to real-time time scale.
These time scales are as slow as they can be without impacting our decision-making ability. We need to see the EC2 metrics in real-time to figure out which server is dying. How a new feature affects the conversion rate needs a few days to soak.
Metrics are implemented with different methods.
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