“One of the most important parts of my role is making sure that my team has the information they need to continuously improve their skill,” explains Gabriel Kent, Cofounder and CTO at Adext. “I firmly believe that individuals should have the resources necessary to see the full picture and then give themselves clear and honest feedback. They need to be able to see the results of their work—every day, every week, every month. They need to be able to visualize how they’re working collectively with the team, and know how the team is doing overall.”
But finding ways for his engineering team to accurately visualize their work has been a battle that Gabriel has fought throughout his career. “There are plenty of easily accessible metrics out there that you can use to get some level of visibility into engineering activity,” Gabriel says. “And on the surface, they’re decent. But in practice, they typically create bad incentives and can align the team’s culture around the wrong things.”
The CTO tried using a hodgepodge of tools to collect the in-depth metrics he was looking for, but manually exporting data from various tools into Excel, on a daily basis, was a laborious activity. ‘‘We even ended up getting a few different plug-ins to try and get a better picture of how we could be helping the team — by removing obstacles and assess whether the team is aligned. There were a few useful reports in there, but I kept finding myself asking, 'why can’t I drill down into this?' Gabriel recalls. “By and large, it was very dissatisfying.” This frustration is what ultimately lead ADEXT to GitPrime.