Introducing minware

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Software engineering is known for being a black box. It's great when a team is working well and efficiently producing high-quality software that delivers business value, but it can be very challenging to diagnose and fix problems when a team is not performing well.

minware analyzes data from Git and Jira (and other equivalent systems) to provide unprecedented visibility into developer productivity and give teams a clear path for continuous improvement. Based on the principles of lean software engineering and waste reduction, minware looks for anti-patterns in development work and presents insights that (unlike the competition) are meaningful and actionable.

minware's approach originates from core values that we hold as a company. Not everyone wants to know the truth about what is slowing down their engineering team or commit to the hard work needed to make it better. Here are the principles that we believe lead to the happiest and most productive engineering team, which are also embodied in the design of our software:

  1. Organized and Minimal - Clutter and noise cause waste by sapping our limited attention. We fight to eliminate disorder and provide only the most relevant and actionable information in a reliable manner.
  2. Clear and simple - We believe in communicating clearly and simply without the use of buzz words, jargon, happy talk, or spurious graphics.
  3. Zero Ego - Egos are extra things to satisfy that do not add value to the organization. We strive to eliminate egos from conversations to free them from both blame and self-aggrandizement.
  4. Skeptical - Many people promise great things and fail to deliver. We treat claims with a grain of salt until we have verified their veracity, and back up our own statements with evidence.
  5. Transparent - Any obstacles to free and unfettered information flow degrade decision-making. We try hard to eliminate those obstacles and provide full transparency to our customers and employees.
  6. Problem-Centric - Solution-first thinking leads to bad decisions. We focus on problems first, and solve them with whatever tool is best for the job.
  7. First-Principles Reasoning - Decisions often derive from politics and popularity. We believe in basing our decisions on facts and going against the crowd when the crowd is wrong.
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