Prioritise tech debt

based on

time lost
customer impact
team morale
money wasted

Report tech debt with actionable metrics, straight from your editor. Let Stepsize prioritise the debt you should fix and ship up to 50% faster.

* Based on research conducted by Stripe.

How it works

Learn about our straightforward process
1

Track

Stepsize allows engineers to track tech debt straight from their editors, dramatically increasing the amount of data you’ll get.

2

Prioritise

Issues are linked to your codebase and contextualised with developer sentiment and metrics like “hours lost”.

3

Fix

Get the data you need to tie tech debt to product and engineering priorities, so that it will actually get fixed.

How teams use Stepsize

Meet the companies who track their tech debt with us

"Stepsize is our source of truth for tech debt. The way it allows me to report debt, straight from my editor is just superb. The best thing is that my team is actually using it to report debt on an ongoing basis."

Danylo
Team Lead, Neocles

"When I plan a sprint, I'm actually able to link tech debt to the new features that we're going to build. That means I can fix the debt before we start, speeding up the entire process!"

Emilien
Senior Software Engineer, Arcane

"We already had a backlog for tech debt, but the problem was that it was never touched by anyone. Stepsize's framework has really helped us in the way we think about and actually manage tech debt."

Alex
Software Engineer, TraceAir

Features

Stepsize fits your existing workflow and makes it easy to track technical debt
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Danylo
Team Lead, Neocles
"Stepsize is our source of truth for tech debt. The way it allows me to report debt, straight from my editor is just superb. The best thing is that my team is actually using it to report debt on an ongoing basis."

Track debt from editors and pull requests

Securely report debt and impact metrics from your existing workflow. Make tech debt context visible to your team.

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Alex
Software Engineer, Traceair
"We already had a backlog for tech debt, but the problem was that it was never touched by anyone. Stepsize's framework has really helped us in the way we think about and actually manage tech debt."

View priorities based on impact metrics

Rank your tech debt by time lost, customer risk and more to match your team’s objectives.

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Emilien
Senior Software Engineer, Arcane
"When I plan a sprint, I'm actually able to link tech debt to the new features that we're going to build. That means I can fix the debt before we start, speeding up the entire process!"

Prove the cost and get buy-in

Visualise tech debt’s impact on your sprints, months and quarters with actionable data and get buy-in for technical projects against new features.

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Amir Moualem
Staff Software Engineer, Snyk
"Every software project is impacted negatively by tech debt. Stepsize puts a spotlight on this issue and helps engineers gain much-needed visibility to make the correct calls moving forwards in their planning"

Add prioritised work to your sprints & roadmap

Add tech debt to your sprints and roadmap with our Jira integration. Stepsize complements your issue tracker, it doesn’t replace it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What data is leaving my perimeter and going into the Stepsize cloud? What if I’m not allowed to upload anything to the cloud?

None of your code goes into the Stepsize cloud.

The Stepsize integrations have been designed with privacy in mind. We store the minimum amount of 3rd party data needed to provide our service, including code metadata that isn’t sensitive information such as file paths and commit hashes (does not include code).

See our Information Security Guide for more detail.

Why do I need Stepsize when I have Jira?

Tech debt without context, can’t be prioritised.

This creates a vicious cycle in existing backlogs (like Jira).

  1. Issues are logged
  2. Issues lack context
  3. Issues can’t be prioritised
  4. Backlog becomes overwhelming
  5. Repeat

Therefore you need Stepsize to decide what to put into Jira.

Stepsize allows you to gain context by allowing engineers to report tech debt straight from their editors. Once you know which debt you want to fix first, it goes into Jira. But until then, you can keep your backlog free of tickets that say “Refactor xyz” with no clear purpose or context.

How will you help us reduce technical debt while we’re under pressure to ship features?

Stepsize is designed to fit into your existing workflow, so engineers can report tech debt without sacrificing roadmap efficiency. Once you have a prioritised list of tech debt, you can start fixing it and actually increase your engineering velocity.

Isn’t there a risk we’ll want to refactor everything even though we don’t need to?

Stepsize has been meticulously designed to focus on context and prioritisation so that you’ll always know which debt is worth your time.

You’ll actually find the opposite — having a clear view of technical debt helps your team focus on impactful work and ignore the rest.

How will Stepsize help us save time and money?

Stepsize increases your team’s velocity by allowing you to fix your most important tech debt.

This means less time wasted on mishandling debt, bugs, downtime, and support requests, which results in happier customers and engineers.

How can we develop this new habit of tracking technical debt?

If you’ve been tracking issues in a spreadsheet or in a backlog, you’ve already been doing it. It’s just an easier process as it all happens in an Engineer’s editor.

Plus, Stepsize displays the data you track in the right places at the right moment, so engineers will be reminded to keep tracking debt.