Engineering tools we use to build Deekit remotely

Here's the list of engineering tools we use at Deekit, how and why we use them as well as tools that we no longer use.

TL;DR

Quick overview for those in hurry, tools that we use are:

  • Google Analytics
  • Segment
  • Mixpanel
  • Amplitude
  • Sublime and terminal
  • Heroku Toolbelt
  • SourceTree
  • Hatjitsu
  • Testflight
  • Clubhouse
  • Deekit

Let’s dive deeper.

We measure and monitor Deekit using:

  • Google Analytics.
  • Segment. We use Segment to send our metrics and data to multiple sources. This way we can have the best views from different providers and also keep data history internally.
  • Mixpanel. Great for funnels and retention. In our case, the “Addiction” view is simply amazing.

We develop Deekit using:

  • Sublime & Terminal. One of the favourite ones in our team is tmux. We love it because it saves your sessions so that it is easy to continue with whatever you were working on even if you close the terminal.
  • Heroku Toolbelt. We use Heroku for hosting because of the tooling they provide. Amazingly simple.
  • SourceTree.
  • Hatjitsu. Hatjitsu is websocket based Planning Poker. As we are mostly working remotely, our planning also happens on remote.
  • Dash. Dash has documentation for all languages — easy to search and find relevant documentation on your desktop. An equal product on the web is devdocs.io that is free to use as well.

We document and discuss dev architecture in Deekit using:

  • Deekit. We document our systems and brainstorm solutions in Deekit. All architecture sketches are done using simple drawings online with our team and we keep all documentation in the longer notes inside the app.

Things we no longer use:

  • Amplitude. Easier user interface than Mixpanel for many things. After running a trial with Mixpanel and Amplitude, we decided that some core features were better in Mixpanel. And we did not wish to keep too many tools at the same time.
  • Clubhouse and Trello. We used to use Trello to manage our backlog, bugs and feature requests and more previously but often felt that in many cases, it is slightly too minimalistic for us. Clubhouse sits nicely between Trello and Jira for example — more advanced than Trello in terms of features but still much more simplistic compared to Jira. By today, we have moved our backlog and weekly tasks all into Deekit as there’s more flexibility than in other tools.

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