Jeff was nice enough to provide a login where I could evaluate tenXer with real data. What I learned (other than that Jeff has been shirking his coding duties) was how the data comes together to provide a useful picture of an engineer’s work.
Today, tenXer gets three key things right:
- They make it fun. The emphasis is on positive feedback. There’s a leader board; there’s no loser board.
- They make it easy. There’s no data entry required. It’s generated by your normal work activities.
- They make it non-threatening. You own your own data. There’s no big-brother thing going on.
All are critical to making metrics effective. The other key take away, is that Jeff and tenXer are dead serious about moving from the high-level data they aggregate today, to the deeper principles of software productivity. I would have known this already, had I read his blog post where he says as much, before blogging that tenXer needs to do this. My bad.
I was right about one thing, though. These guys are worth keeping an eye on.