Recently, I’ve been in extensive discussions with senior directors of product engineering, and one question keeps surfacing: “What can your tool do that Jira alone cannot?”

Now, I can discuss the various features we support all day long.

However, what I believe would be most beneficial for you is to connect strategy to execution and help you understand why having Kanban analytics on top of your existing management tool is crucial.

Here’s the list of the top 3 challenges Nave’s analytics suite can address that Jira alone cannot:

The Nave Advantage: 3 Challenges Jira Alone Can’t Solve

Now, the most important thing is to begin with your goals in mind and only then ensure that your tools are capable of executing them. Here are three key questions Nave’s Analytics Suite addresses beyond Jira’s reach:

#1 What’s the Performance of Product Engineering?

You’d likely hear: “It depends on who you ask.” It’s not precisely a recipe for confidence when it comes to decision-making, is it?

When you talk to your team members, you receive various valid perspectives, but you don’t capture the complete picture of what’s truly happening.

What you need is an end-to-end overview of the performance of all your teams. This way, you can understand, at any given time, the overall metrics and how the trends have developed over time.

This is where the Executive Dashboard by Nave comes into play.

Executive Dashboard for Product Engineering | Nave

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With the Executive Dashboard, you can confidently state, ‘We complete any type of work in less than 8 days in 85% of the cases,’ or ‘Our flow efficiency surpasses 90%.’

That’s what a reliable answer looks like.

#2 Which Teams Need Our Attention Right Now?

Keeping track of the performance of all your teams can be a challenge, especially when talking about 50+ of them. So, how do you know how your teams are doing? Are they getting better or facing challenges? Which of them need your immediate attention?

Let’s look into the Executive Report.

Executive Report for Product Engineering | Nave

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This report provides a visual representation of each team’s current flow metrics and compares them to the past month, past three months, and past six months.

If there’s a significant change in the numbers, you’ll see a red indicator next to the metric that exceeds a predefined threshold.

On the flip side, if a team is improving, you’ll see green indicators.

Teams marked with gray indicators haven’t experienced significant changes, indicating they maintain stable throughput, work in progress, and cycle time.

The main goal is to draw attention to teams with red indicators, prompting timely and relevant discussions.

#3 Where Can We Make Things Better? Any Easy Wins We Should Focus on First?

How do you improve performance? Do you need to push people to work harder and stay long hours to deliver more?

You don’t, and here’s why:

Your delivery time does not equate to effort time. It consists of effort time + coordination time + blockers time + bottlenecks time + defects time + anything else coming in between time just to name a few.

In other words, your delivery time equates to effort time + waiting time. And let me tell you, based on our analysis of over 10,000 workflows, your work is staying and waiting in your process 70% of the time on average.

I’ll let that sink in. 70% of the time, no one is doing anything on your work items. It’s just staying and aging in your process.

Based on that research, our conclusion is that the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to improve your performance is to cut from that waiting time.

Going back to our initial scenario, now that you know which teams to focus on, it’s time to switch your attention to the Team’s Dashboard.

Analyze your cycle time breakdown to see where is most of the time going.

Team Dashboards for Product Engineering | Nave

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In the example above we can see that about 11% of the time is spent in the Testing Queue and another 11% – in the Under Review Queue. These queue statuses are parking lots. They are used as a communication mechanism to indicate that the work is ready to move forward.

Now, you have the opportunity to increase this team’s delivery speed by 20% without changing anything else but the way they make decisions on which work items to focus on.

Yes, it’s that simple.

“What can your tool do that Jira alone cannot?”

Jira does a fantastic job when it comes to managing the process of building your products. And our analytics suite is specifically designed to optimize that same process and help you continuously improve it.

Use both of them together to make the most of your decisions and ultimately deliver better products faster.

I’ll see you again next week, same time and place for more managerial insights. Bye for now.

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