It wasn’t long after Michael Baj, one of 128 Technology’s co-founders, became VPE and he began looking for ways to understand and communicate about how his team was operating. Baj wanted the ability to know whether engineering was working effectively, to use data to improve the work process, and to communicate progress to the rest of the organization in a way that made sense.
"My mind was already made up as soon as I took on this role," he recalls. "I believe it’s very important to be data-driven. That’s the way I run engineering. I believe in iterating—not just on software design, but on the process itself. I’ve always wanted accurate and concrete data to confirm or invalidate the decisions I was making around our work process."
Before he found GitPrime, Baj did a lot of investigating on his own. He wrote scripts to pull data from various sources, exported those into Excel, and evaluated the metrics he created in complex spreadsheets.
But it was an inefficient and brittle process. Worst of all, he realized the metrics he was tracking weren’t actionable.