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.

Data-Driven Engineering Intelligence
Code Climate’s industry-leading engineering intelligence solution helps you unlock the full potential of your organization and ship better code, faster.

Pricing: free for up to 20 seats, then ~$500/seat per year for larger teams.

2. LaunchDarkly

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.

3. Contentful

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!

API-first content platform to build digital experiences
More than a headless CMS, Contentful is the API-first content management platform to create, manage and publish content on any digital channel.

Pricing: free for up to 5 users, and then $489/month after that.

4. Sourcegraph

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.

Sourcegraph - Code Intelligence Platform
Address security risks, onboard to a new codebase, identify the root cause of incidents, promote code reuse, improve code health, and more with Sourcegraph.

Pricing: $99/user/month

5. Lattice

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.

The People Success Platform
Find out why Lattice is trusted by the best places to work.

Pricing: plans range from $4/person/month to $11/person/month.

6. Jam

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.

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Pricing: Jam is free, forever, with an option to upgrade to a $10/user/month plan for more advanced teams settings.