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Throughput is defined as the number of pull requests you get through as a team over a selected period of time.


If your team closed 4 pull requests on Monday, 2 on Tuesday, 6 on Wednesday, 0 on Thursday, and 8 on Friday, you would then see an average throughput of 4 pull requests a day for that week. 

Why it matters

Throughput allows you to see the amount of work that is completed during a given time frame. A substantial increase in throughput means your teams are shipping more code. 

How to use it

When looking at the throughput chart, the colors on the stacked bars represent the status of the pull requests opened on that specific day. We recommend focusing most on the yellow part. Seeing a lot of yellow in the past would indicate that on some days, we open a lot of pull requests but are just unable to get them in. In that case, it might make sense to focus on getting the old pull requests merged or closed before taking on more work.

Where to find it

You can find throughput in two places within Swarmia:

  • Pull Requests page
  • Insights → Code → Overview