Haystack vs. Code Climate Velocity

A Code Climate Alternative
Velocity vs Haystack

Haystack or Code Climate?

Haystack is the best tool for engineering leaders looking to improve delivery using proven measures such as Cycle Time, Deployment Frequency, and Change Failure Rate. With a strong focus on team-level delivery metrics, we are also enable the most developer friendly experience.

Code Climate is a good option for engineering executives looking to track  individual developer activity and developer by developer comparisons. 


Haystack provides a simple and straightforward integration into GitHub that will automatically gather your historical data and present real time insights within minutes of installing.  

Code Climate requires a training session to help users install and configure their dashboard. 


Haystack provides a carefully selected set of metrics proven to be effective in improving software delivery. Our simple dashboard gives high level trends on key metrics like Cycle Time, Deployment Frequency, and Change Failure Rate while allowing you to deep dive into any bottleneck and outlier you may see. 

Code Climate provides metrics around 'impact', 'pushes per day' and 'coding days per week' to help monitor any indivudal developer’s activity. 

Developer Culture

At Haystack we firmly stand against the notion that individual level metrics can provide actionable insights and believe that they cause more damage to work culture as they are invasive, stress-inducing and misleading. As such, we only track delivery on a team level while. We also provide additional insights to aid managers in spotting risks like developer burnout to improve team satisfaction. 

While not a core feature, Code Climate does allow developer by developer comparisons for managers to judge individual performance.

Surfacing Insights

Haystack Integrates with Slack and provides real time comprehensive alerts around sprint risks, blockers and burnout. Some favorites are burnout alerts, pull requests stuck in discussion, and work overload (high concurrent work).

Code Climate provides an array of Pr related alerts but has no risk related alerts such as overwork or burnout.


We have a dedicated support team of experienced engineering leaders available on-demand from our Slack Community. Every Haystack user has a dedicated private slack channel with our team of experts to help you deep dive into your data and teach you how to improve delivery. 

Code Climate provides a dedicated support staff for users subscribed to their enterprise tier.


Haystack is the only tool that doesn’t read, store, or persist source code. We use the Github API to pull metadata such as timestamps and commit messages to produce all our insights. We also maintain industry best practices to ensure that all user information is safe.


Haystack is charged on a monthly basis with each contract renewed at the end of the month, with our entry price at $25 per developer a month. 

Velocity requires contracts to be locked in for an annual rate of $449 per developer a year for their entry level pricing. 

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