In the past month, we conducted tens of interviews. We've talked to managers, directors, and VPs of engineering. What unites all these people is a desire to make their work better and motivate teams. But before we go deep how engineering leaders give context to their teams I'll tell you my story.
When I was promoted to a position of Engineering Manager I made a huge change in my career. It was my first management position. I was coding for some time but I quickly released that my managerial leverage lies in a different sphere and dramatically impacts organizational output.
I would say that transition to management for engineers takes form 6 to 24 months. During this time we learn a bunch of stuff mainly about how to talk to people, as well as how to focus your team and provide context.
At the beginning, it was hard to find out areas of our product which require maximum attention. Quickly I found a solution to this problem. I started to use data to understand what is going on and share all my insights with the team. Technically my solution was pretty simple - I manually run Jira queries and paste data to excel files. I was happy till my next promotion.
After a couple of years in the position of engineering manager, I was promoted to a senior management position. I had a team of 46 people. Wow! A new scale! It should have been fun to manually prepare bug reports for 46 people! In reality, it was a waste of time. It was a Lean waste. I needed a new tool and I built it. I wrote a couple of connectors to Jira, Circle CI, Asana, and GitHub. It took all my weekends for a couple of months. As a result, I had a local database and a few graphs built on top of it.
Now, talking to other engineering leaders I see the same challenges. Even medium-sized companies have problems with data extraction and consolidation.
Would it be great to have a tool that solves a churn of data collection and aggregation? We've built it. We support 4 connectors to different visualization tools: Looker, Power BI, Tableau, and Grafana.
How to explore engineering data?
We built a solution for consolidating and exporting engineering data from different sources such as Jira, Asana, Jenkins, HR systems and etc. In valycs.com you can start from the connectors page.
With help of our connectors you have an access to PostgreSQL protocol which you can use in any database management tool.
Below is Power Bi connector.
Here you can choose data to visualize from tables.
Finally your visualization is ready.
Now you can build your own dashboards!
You can hire valycs.com as an internal data engineer for the engineering team. We build a connector for engineering data sources and provide an interface to query the data in any visualization tool you like. Moreover, we provide pre-build engineering reports for git analytics, time to market calculation and others. Want to know more - schedule a demo.