LinearB, a provider of an analytics application for software delivery projects, announced today it has allied with Clubhouse, a provider of a project management application that includes built in collaboration tools.
LinearB’s analytics application uses code, Git logs and releases to automatically construct and visualize detailed timelines without requiring any manual input. That data can now also be automatically fed into the Clubhouse project management application.
Dan Lines, COO, LinearB, said the goal is to make it possible for any project participant to keep track of updates without spending hours manually compiling and entering data into a project management application.
In addition, DevOps teams can use both applications to gain visibility into every feature, bug and chore via a live feed of activity generated by branches, pull requests and releases for Clubhouse stories. Along with tools for tracking individual activity and collecting metrics, blockers, delays, high-risk code and branches merged without review for Clubhouse stories are also highlighted. There is also a shadow work detector that detects activity in a Git repository that is not attached to a Clubhouse story.
Lines said one of the project management challenges organizations face today is the tools they employ only allow them to see segments of a DevOps pipeline. The LinearB analytics application unifies the data and metrics required to make an informed decision, without having to first collect and then normalize data residing in different tools. Instead, all the metrics required to make an informed decision about how best to allocate limited software development resources is automatically collected from the tools the DevOps team employs, Lines said.
There is no need, then, for project managers to pester members of a DevOps team to enter data in a separate analytics or project management application, Lines added. Given the rate at which application development projects are now updated, much of the data manually entered into a project management application is usually outdated, anyway.
LinearB employs the application programming interfaces (APIs) exposed by DevOps tools to gather the existing metadata about the status of any given project. LinearB then employs machine learning algorithms to construct and correlate that data to give DevOps leaders more accurate insights into the status of a project, instead of requiring that data to be entered manually.
In fact, Lines said meetings should be shorter, too, because rather than the need to provide a status update, it will become apparent to everyone what the real status of a project is before a meeting even starts. That means more time can be allocated to determining how best to optimize limited application development resources, Lines said.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations have more application development initiatives underway than ever. Many of these projects are core to digital business transformation initiatives which a core group of developers are working on simultaneously. Being able to dynamically reallocate resources to a faster-moving project from one that is stalled is increasingly critical. The challenge has been that the more projects there are, the harder it becomes to collect data that accurately reflects their true status at any given time. The goal should be to eliminate the need to reenter data that, in one form or another, already exists in another tool.