While Storyblocks has grown and changed a great deal in only a few short years, their core value has always stayed the same: "We Heart Data." Whether a team is onboarding a new recruit or making high-level strategic decisions, they always revisit this value.
But, being data-driven in Engineering can be a bit nebulous. Before GitPrime, the metrics that they were collecting to track their productivity were rudimentary — they only provided a glimpse into how Engineering was performing. The need for additional data around performance came to a turning point when Silverman was advocating for an engineering process change.
We were advocating for handling bug fixes in a different way — by sending them back to the team that would be best suited to tackle them. But the team pushed back. They brought up concerns like, 'the bugs won’t get fixed', or, 'engineers are going to be spending too much time doing this', or 'our productivity will go down.' But luckily by that time we had already been talking about trying out GitPrime.
Management loves that we’re using GitPrime, because we’re backing decisions up with data. It helps us defend to the rest of the organization why it’s worth it to invest energy into different efforts.