“Now, team members don’t have to speculate about whether they’re doing well, because it’s visible. It takes the bias and guesswork out of knowing how well we’re doing,” Leclair explains. “Performance is no longer an abstract concept - engineers can visualize their progress, see the impact of their work and how they’re bringing value to the team, and understand how they can continue to improve in their career.”
Because GitPrime surfaces early indicators of team health and performance, Aaron’s engineering organization has been able to visualize and encourage positive work patterns, and identify and remove bottlenecks. Now, the team primarily uses the data to tighten feedback loops and improve the delivery process.
”GitPrime makes positive behaviors visible and makes the impact of those behaviors obvious,” Leclair says. “For example, when an engineer is in the habit of making large commits, they can see how large the merges are, how it’s harder and stressful for others to review and provide feedback for all of that code... But when they’re making smaller commits, the surface area of those commits is smaller, the risk is smaller, they get feedback earlier, code gets into production more quickly, and so on. With GitPrime, engineers can continuously see these patterns and their effects.”
“Making these patterns visible naturally surfaces a continuous improvement mindset. After observing their data and seeing how different approaches affect it, the engineers have naturally start thinking about the work that’s coming down the stream, and approaching it with this thought process of, ‘How can I break this down so that it’s smaller?’ So, instead of thinking about how to deliver A-Z, engineers have started thinking about how they can deliver A to B. Then, they get that in the customers hand, get feedback, then deliver B to C - continuing on that journey until they meet the end goal (which is Z). It’s faster, it’s less risky, and the engineers are consistently generating value for customers and receiving a ton of feedback throughout the process.”