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Here at Pinpoint, we’ve made it our personal mission to streamline the engineering workflow so teams can build great software better, together. Just a couple of months ago, we launched the new Pinpoint for Teams, an engineering operations platform, designed to make sense out of the millions of data points lost in the development of software using AI. And, we were just getting started. Since that launch, we haven’t taken our foot off the gas and have been releasing new features almost every other day. 

Today, we are announcing our next milestone with a set of features that will improve a process that has long been an essential framework for software engineering — Agile. 

Most teams rely on some sort of Agile process these days, but often teams are bogged down with excessive meetings and disconnected tools (if even used) that require manual input and interpretation of data. Instead of doing what developers are best at,  teams are spending extra time in ceremonies like sprint planning, stand-ups, and retrospectives that aren’t actually improving how we build software.  All too often, they’ve become a burden that teams carry as part of the “process.”

Automated Agile Ceremonies  

At the heart of our platform is data science. By bringing together activity data from the systems used to build software and mixing it up with all the interactions you have in Pinpoint every day, we are able to use machine learning to unlock all sorts of actionable insights, make recommendations on how to improve execution, and predict risks and forecast work effort.

With these new features, we are extending that same value to the entire engineering workflow from planning to execution. With automated Agile ceremonies, teams can now collaborate online in a shared workspace to complete their planning, daily stand-ups, and retrospectives -- all within Pinpoint. 

We’re always looking to streamline our team’s operations – not just how our developers write code but how we collaborate, plan and improve over time, especially now that we’re all working remotely, Pinpoint has been a supportive partner in this, bringing the Agile processes we use into an actionable platform. ” 

Lisa House, SkywatchLisa House
Director of Engineering Performance at Skywatch

Work Planning

Teams can spend hours planning out sprints or work iterations every week or two. This sucks up a lot of valuable time away from building the software. The Planning feature (available in Early Access today) is going to save teams a ton of time and make planning a fun and enjoyable exercise.

Pinpoint uses information such as what your teams work on, what should be prioritized, what was unfinished from the previous cycle, and who has the most experience with certain tasks to make recommendations about your plan. Pinpoint will autofill your sprint with items that are aligned with your product priorities and auto-assign issues to the people best suited to handle those tickets.

This can turn a multi-hour planning session into a 30-minute optimization session with the team, no Agile Poker necessary.

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Stand-Ups

Team stand-ups are meant to be quick, but it's easy to forget something important or just have things run long as you wait for someone to look at their notes. 

Pinpoint brings all the necessary context such as PR and issue data together in one place to make stand-ups more efficient which eliminates bouncing around between 10-20 tabs to gather the information. You are also able to update the priority and status of issues directly in Pinpoint which is then sent back to the source system in real-time.

Pinpoint’s AI uses team activity to generate predictions for capacity issues that will impact your team’s ability to deliver and identifies blockers and dependencies that typically go unnoticed. 

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As the host is running the stand-up, they can filter the view from person-to-person, making it easy to see what that team member has on their plate, what's impacting them, and what they've recently completed.

This feature will become even more interactive as we continue to improve it, allowing the team to flag items as talking points for retros, the ability to create notes, and more.

Retrospectives

Currently, teams struggle with capturing and following up on action items that are identified during a retrospective. This makes it hard to ensure teams are improving processes or seeing the value of retros. Because Pinpoint knows what you’ve worked on and has the historical context of the team, Pinpoint will baseline your sprints and tell you how you're doing against your average performance and tell you why you did above or below-average so you can improve in the next iteration. Things like production issues coming up late in the sprint or your team helping another team happens and that's OK – but you need to have insight into these so you can avoid or plan for those in the future.

Pinpoint Retro has your team members answer questions about how the sprint went, provide feedback, and add talking points in a real-time collaborative workspace. When it’s retro meeting time, you are able to focus on the discussion — not waiting on someone to complete their list of "what went well" post-it notes.

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The end result is a report of all that was accomplished, and action items that carry over from retro-to-retro until they've been completed. This serves as a reminder that you felt it was important and that you should probably check it off your to-do list!

Our developers prefer Pinpoint’s retrospective capability to any other tool we’ve tried. It gives us the smoothest integrated retrospective experience so the team can execute on sprints seamlessly.”

- Lisa House, Director of Engineering Performance at Skywatch

Pulse

If you're like us, Slack can be an over-eager little brother that's always wanting to tell you what PR has been merged or that a JIRA status has been updated again, and again... and again.

Pulse is our answer to over-zealous integrations with issues and source control systems. Pinpoint Pulse is an activity feed that uses the knowledge about what you're working on along with our data science to generate personalized interest model for what’s most important for you based on the screen you are on, the team you're a part of or the repositories you work in. It's tailored information delivery so you can cut through the noise and just get your work done.

Activity Feed

Keep an eye out for more quick iterations of Pulse over the next couple of weeks. We have a lot of interesting features coming. We’d love your feedback as you use it!

Here's to building software better, together  🎉

Right now, it’s more important than ever that developers have the right tools to collaborate and communicate – tools that help them execute on sprints while not clogging up their workflows. These new features in Pinpoint help teams to not only work faster, but also work smarter, with ceremony data integrated directly into day-to-day operations to inform and enhance how teams are tackling projects. 

These features are now available in Pinpoint. Sign up for a free Team account to start your first planning session.


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