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Talking to your Head of Engineering about Stepsize

Stepsize works with organisations like yours to unlock unprecedented improvements in velocity, quality and employee retention.

Proving impact with Stepsize

You understand the transformative power of tracking issues directly in the codebase.
But how can you get buy-in from the person at the top of your engineering department?
Getting the most out of Stepsize requires both the tool and a process.
In this guide, we'll describe a tried and tested experiment that you can run with your team to prove the impact of Stepsize in driving behavioural change to maximise the impact your team has on achieving company goals.

Expected results from your experiment

On average, we expect that over the course of an experiment, engineering teams will...
  • Create 10x issues 👉 Visibility
  • View 20x issues 👉 Awareness
  • Resolve 10x issues 👉 Actionability

The experiment

Track one, fix one.
  1. 1.
    Select a time period for your experiment. This could be 1-2 weeks or a sprint, for example.
  2. 2.
    Get on the same page. Hold a meeting to kick off the experiment.
  3. 3.
    Track one. Each engineer documents at least one new issue over the time period.
  4. 4.
    Fix one. Collectively agree on an issue to resolve as a team. We suggest holding a short meeting to do this.
If you can, record anything you observe which might be relevant to make your case, such as behavioural changes in the way engineers use Jira.

Reviewing the experiment

  • Visibility - How many issues got created? How does this number compare to your normal number when using your standard issue tracker alone?
  • Awareness - How many issues were viewed? How does this number compare to your normal number when using your standard issue tracker alone?
  • Actionability - How many issues did you resolve? How easy were they to prioritise (e.g. using the codebase visualisation – for more information, see our guide)
Using the Visualisation tool in Stepsize
What qualitative data do you have? For example:
  • What feedback did the engineers have?
  • What changes did you observe in the quality of issues?

Talking to your Head of Engineering

You've conducted and recorded your experiment. Before you talk to your Head of Engineering, ask yourself...
  1. 1.
    What are the company goals your Head of Engineering is invested in?
  2. 2.
    How might the experiment enable your team to maximise impact towards these goals?

We can help

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