5 tools you can use to boost developer productivity
It's really important on any team to use tools, processes and workflows that unblock developers and help boost their productivity.
Luckily, there are some great tools out there who help solve pieces of the developer productivity puzzle. We're building one – Jam – saving developers hundreds of thousands of debugging minutes through better bug reports. And here are a couple more we think are worth a try!
1. Code Climate
To manage productivity, you need visibility. Code Climate gives you a dashboard where you can track ongoing efforts on the engineering team and their status.
Beyond project status, you can also use their data insights to improve engineering team practices in order to improve speed to code review, PR merged, etc.
Pricing: free for up to 20 seats, then ~$500/seat per year for larger teams.
Productive software teams de-risk changes by shipping small changes frequently. LaunchDarkly is a platform to manage those small and frequent software changes. They even manage rollback for those changes when needed, helping software teams move fast in a low-risk way.
Pricing: the starter plan is $8/seat/month and the pro plan is $16/seat/month.
Contentful helps teams make copy changes without developer help. This means that developers get back time to focus on their other work. A win-win!
Pricing: free for up to 5 users, and then $489/month after that.
Sourcegraph provides powerful and intelligent search for large codebases. When developers are working on large refactors or on new changes that touch many files across one or more repositories in the codebase, having great search saves developers a ton of time, and also a lot of time in the testing and QA phase.
You might be surprised to find an HR platform in a list of developer productivity tools, but the key to a successful productive team is a culture of clear, compassionate and actionable feedback. Improving as a team takes working at it, and Lattice provides a platform for managers to give and track feedback across their teams.
Pricing: plans range from $4/person/month to $11/person/month.
We're biased, but Jam has saved developers hundreds of thousands of minutes of debugging. The key to a productive engineering team is clear communication to eliminate slow back-and-forths, and developers being blocked on tickets they receive.
Jam helps teams report bugs to developers in a format that developers actually want to receive. Tickets created with Jam have everything developers need to debug and fix issues faster: console logs, network requests, browser and device specs, and more.
Pricing: Jam is free, forever, with an option to upgrade to a $10/user/month plan for more advanced teams settings.