Nov 5: 🌟 North Star Metrics, Admin Roles, and more 🌟

Kan Yilmaz
May 12, 2021
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🌟 North Star Metrics 🌟

As an engineering leader, there are a thousand things you can track but what should you measure?

We've cleaned up Haystack to put the most important metrics up front and center. We call these your North Star Metrics.

There are about a thousand things that can affect your team - they will all impact your north star metrics. This gives you a great view into your most important metrics to quickly identify trends, outliers, and issues as they arise.

This is now the first page you will see when opening Haystack.



πŸ†• More Throughput Metrics πŸ†•

Throughput alone doesn't tell us the full story so we've added a few more metrics to help better understand Throughput. Easily see how pull request and team size impact throughput over time!

Here are a few additions:

  • Merged vs. Active PRs
  • Pull Request Size
  • Active Developers


πŸ‘₯ More Admin Control πŸ‘₯

Invite and configure permissions for user accounts from your dashboard.



πŸ”Ž Filter by Branch πŸ”Ž

Wondering how often you merge into the staging or master branch? Now you can stop wondering and simply filter by branch!

All Haystack reports now support filtering by branch



πŸ”Ž Ignore Specific Branches πŸ”Ž

Do you have a testing or legacy branch you'd like to remove from Haystack? Well now you can exclude any branch!

Haystack now supports excluding by branch



😎 Notifications Redesign 😎

Vanilla text got boring and we like to switch up our work every once in a while. This nice template came out of our team's weekend hackathon - enjoy!


πŸ•· Bug Fixes πŸ•·

  • Fixed a few typos in notifications and tooltips
  • Fixed Slack Configuration bug affecting new users (thanks Slack support!)


πŸ’‘ Improvements πŸ’‘

  • Re-organized Sidebar layout
  • Slack Notifications send as "Bot" or "User" (IFF Private Message)
  • Added example images to Notifications Page
  • Sidebar "Support" to links to Help-center
  • Smarter Search in filters
  • Standardize texts to use intl-i18n
  • Remove unnecessary fields in User Settings Page
  • Activity Heatmap uses standard calendar view


⏰ In Case you missed it ⏰

  • πŸŽ“ Haystack University - Come check out the help center and learn more about why your team needs metrics
  • πŸ’¬ Better Support πŸ’¬ Send us a message using our brand new chatbot (courtesy of Intercom). We're available 24/7 (perks of being globally remote) and waiting on the line to help!
  • πŸ“Ÿ Manage Alert Settings πŸ“Ÿ- You can select which types of notifications you'd like to receive.
  • ❌ Removed Metrics ❌- We've heard from a few of you that "Activity" and "Comments" over time didn't really help too much. So we got rid of them!
  • πŸ“Έ Snapshots πŸ“Έ - We've added a snapshot to your Notifications so you can quickly see what's happening.
  • πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ Pull Request Size πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ - We've included Pull Request Size to give you a better picture of why a pull request may have gone overtime.
  • πŸ“°Product Page - Keep up to date with feature releases here!


About the author

Kan Yilmaz
CTO & Co-Founder of Haystack

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