Why developers love Seerene

While some developer might be reluctant to the idea of creating more transparency, there are lots of benefits to fostering an open engineering culture. In the technology community, it’s common for A+ talent to benchmark their work against others — if only for bragging rights. That’s why software leaders who focus too much on specific metrics often find that developers end up gaming the system.

But the gamification of work can be a great thing. We all learn from having insight into what we do well, where we fall short, and how we can grow our impact on the business. Anyone who takes pride in producing quality output likes to work in an organization where performance can be quantified, recognized, and celebrated.

Developers, in particular, want to know they’re working in a codebase that’s well-documented and free (or nearly free) of technical debt. Every developer hates old, bad legacy code, so it is important for companies to equally value improvements in code as well as new ‘output.’ It helps a lot to know that management will notice when you put the effort in to refactor poor code. The higher quality your codebase, the more developers will enjoy working in it, because they all want to be fast and efficient.

When a company is transparent about the KPIs they use to measure quality, efficiency, and success, developers can chart their progress over time, create more accurate estimates for future projects, see where they need to improve, and identify best practices to adopt. Development managers can compare team-level metrics for effort, agility, and quality against other groups within or even outside the organization. As a result, it is easier to make a case for more resources when needed, spot and address problem areas, as well as propagate best practices across the company.