Git tools are code-first and designed for developers and team leads. Project Management tools are plan-first and designed for PMs. LinearB is for the engineering leader who must move beyond “In Progress” to understand how things translate into efficiency, cost, and business impact. Our founders Ori and Dan, who were engineering leaders before starting LinearB, were frustrated they had nowhere to go every morning to see what was happening with their orgs. They also hated answering (really guessing at) the same questions over and over again:
- “When will this feature be ready?”
- “Can we speed this up and deliver this month instead of next?”
- “Can you take on this other ‘high priority’ project?”
- “What is this project going to cost and what will our ROI be?”
The answers to these questions are hidden in unstructured data across silos that are meant for different roles. The only way to determine if your engineering practice is operating efficiently is correlating and pattern matching these two sources–which takes a lot of time and effort.
Further complicating the matter is the fact that git, Jira, and other common tools don’t really do anything for driving business outcomes. Engineering leaders live between two worlds and have a dual mandate to blend operational excellence and business impact together–affecting their resourcing decisions, ability to hit deadlines, and whether they can deliver software that moves the needle.
The problem with so many tools is:
- Lack of visibility. Most teams aren’t great at project hygiene which means the board is outdated and incomplete.
- Lack of detail. “In Progress” means 100 different things so you have to piece together the details from different people and tools.
- Lack of insight. Dev leaders can only solve problems if they know where to look. Without seeing the bottlenecks, you can’t fix them. Many of the tools available today only provide shallow visibility into operational metrics–starting and stopping with DORA or measuring lines of code.
- Lack of alignment. Translating engineering to executives is hard enough. Without concrete data about how your team really spends their time or how they’re allocating their resources–and how those decisions impact the business–it’s impossible.
- Lack of workflow optimization. Other tools made specifically for devs are overly focused on helping them code better–which is only about 25% of their day. The non-coding work–meetings, status updates, planning sessions, housekeeping, code reviews, and meeting merge standards–is what needs to be streamlined to maximize productivity and keep devs coding (their happy place).
LinearB was built to solve all five of these problems.