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).
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.