Arcane fixed 50% of their technical debt with Stepsize.
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The only issue tracker for engineers

In your IDE
With you where you work
Linked to code
Focused on what you care about
Integrated with Jira
No need to change your workflow

10x engineers don’t exist, but 100x codebases do

Get full visibility on ticking time bombs in your codebase.

Diffuse them early, before they explode and derail your projects.

Context from linked code

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Create issues with rich context, directly from your editor.

Securely link all the relevant code and say goodbye to issues no one can understand a couple of weeks after they were created.

Awareness from inline annotations

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Share knowledge and raise awareness of tech debt across your team.

Ensure bad patterns aren’t repeated, and continuously re-assess when the code should be improved.

Simple prioritisation for easy decisions

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Define the priority of each issue, estimate the effort it’d take to fix them, and vote on those bugging you the most.

Make simple decisions during planning based on clear data.

Clarity during sprint planning

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Filter by labels to instantly retrieve all the issues relevant to the current discussion.

Identify technical roadblocks early, and easily add the key issues to your sprints using the Jira integration.

Senior Software Engineer @ Snyk
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Keep all your existing tools & workflows

Simply track potential code improvements in Stepsize and go over them while planning projects.

Everything else stays the same. Stepsize is an addition, not a replacement.

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.

How teams use Stepsize

"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."

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!"

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."

Software Engineer, TraceAir