GitClear: A Pluralsight Flow Alternative with a Data Quality Advantage

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Better Data Quality

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Better Data Quality

Pluralsight Flow offers a dazzling number of metrics, but under the surface of these metrics are just a few data sources being used: lines of code, issues/pull requests, and commits. If you hope to use your developer metrics to drive career-impacting decisions, it's important to choose data that is high-quality and highly-documented.

Unfortunately, Pluralsight Flow's metrics draw heavily from the most polluted data sources, which makes them risky to use as a source of truth.

Since good business decisions rely upon good data, GitClear makes it easy to compare the data sources used by Pluralsight Flow and their competitors. When you dig into the factors that limit data quality, it becomes apparent that there are countless ways to mistake noise for signal. If you hope to use developer metrics to compare across teams or regions, GitClear is the only data provider that can normalize code activity well enough to draw reliable, cross-team insights.

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Code and Jira, Together as One

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Code and Jira, Together as One

While GitClear and Pluralsight Flow both offer nominal integration with issue tracking software like Jira, only GitClear connects issue tracking to commits in an interactive browsing experience:

Code and jira

On the left side of the screenshot, we summarize the biggest Jira tickets being worked on over the past couple days. On the right side, we highlight which commits implemented those Jiras, sized by how much code the commit changed. If you're a technical manager, you can jump straight in and read the commit diffs that implemented the ticket.

It's like a team standup meeting without ever standing up.

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Developer-Friendly

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Developer-Friendly

GitClear is the only Pluralsight Flow competitor crafted to be used daily by a team's developers. Why does it matter?

Firstly, it matters because GitClear can give developers a leg up on improving their own coding efficiency without involving a manager. The Commit Activity Browser and Directory Browser are both tools that can significantly reduce the time a developer spends reviewing or sifting through code.

GitClear reviews and summarizes the code, teasing out the fraction of the work that has a meaningful impact on the code base.
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But there's an even bigger reason it matters whether you choose a solution that is developer-friendly: if you plan to act on the data you collect, you're going to need to explain it to your team at some point.

If you have to admit to them you're using developer metrics based on "Commits" or "Issues Resolved," an engineer will probably have some some pointed questions to ask about the limitations of your data source.

Due of its reliance on substandard data sources, Pluralsight Flow can give rise to an environment where developers become suspicious of one another's commit patterns. A tool like Flow, that treats "Commits" as a valid incentive (which they're not), makes developer behavior into a parlor game ("how many times per day can I save my work?"). Developers will be prone to treat it accordingly, to the detriment of team morale.

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Zap Tech Debt

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Zap Tech Debt

One of the most lamented and least addressable problems in engineering today is tech debt. Beyond knowing that the cost of tech debt is often enormous, wouldn't it be nice if we could find it and do something about it?

GitClear is built to be a compass that can guide you toward understanding where your repo's tech debt resides. Here's how it looks for the open source Ruby on Rails repo:

Rails directory browser

The "Velocity" column, at the right of the screenshot, shows how rapidly a team is able to evolve the code within a particular directory, relative to the project as a whole. Directories that change slowly are a perfect starting point when you're ready to start working toward reduced tech debt.

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Fair Pricing for All Teams

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Fair Pricing for All Teams

GitClear's pricing reflects the cost advantages of building a platform that needn't pay a big sales team to hound help potential customers. Here are the prices for each provider as of January 2020:

Pluralsight gitclear pinpoint code climate pricing compared

While the data providers all offer relatively similar pricing for a 50 developer team, GitClear has a decided pricing advantage for small teams ($295/month vs Pluralsight Flow at $749/month).

When you're on a large team, the price differences can really add up. But, in our opinion, it should still be data quality that matters most to a prospective customer. That's where GitClear focuses its energy. At the end of the day, if you can't rely on the data to be consistent between teams, it doesn't matter how much or little was paid for it.

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