Methodology Update: Threshold Change in Health Factors

The thresholds used to define Highlight’s health factor colors will slightly change in the next version. See how your applications will look before the upgrade happens.

As good decisions rely on reliable analytics and accurate indicators, we’ve updated the thresholds (high/green, medium/orange, low/red) for our main health factors: Software Resiliency, Software Agility and Software Elegance.

Since we moved from risk-based indicators to health-focused indicators, we needed to update these values.  In addition, the benchmark repository has been considerably extended with new customer portfolios, now counting 2300+ reference applications.

Find below the new set of thresholds we’ll use in the next version (available mid-March) to defined levels for Software Resiliency, Agility and Elegance. As always in Highlight, we make sure that all of your data and our trend analyses are consistent. If a calculation changes within any indicator, we recompute all of the data in your portfolio, using the same algorithm throughout, including the results of past scans. The outcome is a consistent picture of your portfolio’s risks and opportunities.


Software Resiliency

Programming best practices that make your software bullet-proof

  • Low/Red: below 62.0
  • Medium/Orange: from 62.0 to 84.0
  • High/Green: above 84.0


Software Agility

Easiness of a development team to understand and maintain software

  • Low/Red: below 56.0
  • Medium/Orange: from 56.0 to 71.0
  • High/Green: above 71.0


Software Elegance

Ability to deliver software value with less code complexity

  • Low/Red: below 55.0
  • Medium/Orange: from 55.0 to 78.0
  • High/Green: above 78.0

How these thresholds are set

Adjustments are made to CAST Highlight using a global benchmark of all of the applications that have been onboarded. We also regularly check with our customers who are using Highlight to make sure that the indicators we’re using are the most relevant ones possible, from both their business and technical contexts.

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