Project management solution startups LinearB and Clubhouse are partnering to provide software development teams insights into their efforts so they can continue to improve project delivery, the companies announced today.
The technical integration of the company’s offerings “will offer dev teams detailed project visibility and team-based metrics by correlating data across projects, code, Git activity and releases,” the companies said in their announcement of the partnership.
In a December interview with SD Times, Dan Lines, COO at LinearB, explained that project management historically had a top-down mindset that gave metrics to executives, but didn’t help developers. The LinearB solution, Lines told SD Times, “can see where a pull request stalled and send a Slack message to get someone to review it,” among other developer-focused features. He went on to explain that the features in LinearB are tied into ceremonies such as a daily standup and retrospectives. With LinearB, development teams don’t have to give status updates at the standups; that information is automatically provided in the tool’s dashboard. Instead, those teams can talk about the problems they’re having advancing the project toward its goals. “Commits, branches, and pull requests all have visibility” with LinearB, he said Meanwhile, Clubhouse also emphasizes developers in its collaborative project management solution, which aims to overtake Atlassian’s Jira by providing a project management tool that “complements and enhances [developers’] existing workflows,” the company said in the partnership announcement.
In a March 2019 interview with SD Times, Clubhouse founder Kurt Schradere said, “I think we’ll see a movement away from structured, monthly road maps to sort of a continuous flow of information, your big things, and we want to enable that so organizations can move quickly, have their work in there but be able to pull back so everyone that needs to participate can get the next feature, the next value out the door, and still work together in sync.”
In today’s partnership announcement, LinearB co-founder and CEO Ori Keren said, “Coupling LinearB Software Delivery Intelligence with Clubhouse team-focused project management provides data-driven insights to gauge project progress in real time and better focus team resources on the work that matters most.”
Among capabilities the integration will provide is a pulse timeline view that the announcement said gives “detailed visibility of every feature, bug and chore by showing a live feed of activity from branches, PRs and releases for Clubhouse stories.” Further, it said the integration will enable real-time improvement of active projects by highlighting blockers, delays, high-risk code and branches merged without review for Clubhouse stories.
A shadow work detector helps with more accurate resource allocation by finding developer work in Git that’s not attached to a Clubhouse story; and an advanced cycle time dashboard adds bottleneck detection by visualizing the time across individual development phases such as coding time, PR pick-up time, PR review time and release time, the announcement stated.