November 8, 2013
Off the bat: GitBadger is not “the new GitHub.” GitHub is all about “social coding” – the notion that open discussion and open sharing are the keys to any development community; because of this, GitHub is open-sourced and open-distributed. While many of its key aspects are inherently social, GitBadger’s repositories are all private and are only accessible to team members specifically involved in a project or to individuals within a single company.
GitBadger is a Web platform that speeds up development cycles by providing real-time information and data visualizations to an entire development team. Aimed primarily at enterprise clients, GitBadger simplifies the software development process by combining source code management, data analytics, and project management tools into a single platform.
An enterprise solution to building code makes a lot of sense. Often, in businesses, there is this disconnect between the project managers (whose knowledge base is comprised of business strategy) and the developers (whose knowledge base is comprised of coding languages and Tengwar). GitBadger aims to speed up the entire coding process by providing managers and developers with the tools to make their respective jobs easier.
The four cofounders of GitBadger are well acquainted with the problems encountered on both sides of the developer-project manager relationship – with siblings Kevin and Megan Miyamoto having experience in sales and project management, while Doug Akridge and Josh Buell come from a development background. On the development side, Buell and Akridge wanted to deal with this issue of constant meetings with project managers throughout the day – how could they reduce the frequency of such interruptions? On the project management side, they wanted to reduce the amount of time spent on stack reports.
“[With] GitBadger, we’re aiming at [the interaction between] project managers with no technical background and heavy developers. We wanted to visualize [developer] productivity in a way that helps managers and analysts better understand what’s going on,” says Kevin Miyamoto.
So, at its core, GitBadger is aimed at improving the communication between developers and project managers. Through GitBadger, developers spend less time describing or explaining what they’re doing or what they’ve done, and project managers are more capable of understanding and noting the history of changes in the coding. By targeting these pain points, the platform enables companies to develop code faster – indeed an ideal goal for nearly every tech startup.
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