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Case Study: How Planificando uses Awesome Graphs for Bitbucket Server

I am in charge of several people in a development project and Awesome Graphs helps me to see the best tasks assignation, the team performance and the critical points along the year. On this way, I can take best decisions to reduce costs and shorten the turnaround time for the solutions. Moreover, it is a way to help boost the competitiveness of my team and not be intrusive in their personal work.

Javier López Ruiz (Planificando)

 

Planificando, our customer, is a consolidated group of interdisciplinary researchers from the University of Alcalá, specialists from other universities and partner companies. It specializes in research and development of software solutions for the optimization of logistics planning and transportation using advanced Artificial Intelligence techniques. 

Chronos is one of Planificando’s teams. It uses Bitbucket Server to collaborate and manage their Git repositories. While Bitbucket Server meets Planificando’s major needs when it comes to code management, there are no inbuilt features that they could use to analyze the contribution statistics and efficiently monitor the activity in repositories. That is why Planificando decided to extend the Bitbucket Server functionality by installing the Awesome Graphs for Bitbucket Server add-on, which brings in multiples graphs and charts and allows the team to achieve their goals.

Commit log

Chronos uses the activity stream provided by Awesome Graphs as a commit log. The activity stream is available as a complement for several graphs:

  • in Contributions located in the profile of each Bitbucket Server user it shows all commits and pull requests that a user made over the last year
  • in Activity, which can be found in each repository and project, it is displayed below the charts and shows all recent commits and pull requests of a repository or project with related files, links to the associated JIRA issues, commit hashes and change type lozenges

The team mostly uses the activity stream of the Activity graph. When it is needed to see the commit log on the project level across all repositories, they open the Activity page in the project and browse the activity stream there. To take a look at the list of recent commits across all branches in one particular repository, a user goes to the Activity page of that repository.

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Commit activity of each contributor

When it comes to evaluating the team performance, the team lead finds the Contributors graph especially useful. It has the summary graph built based on the number of total contributions (commits, additions or deletions) made in a repository or project over a certain time span and personal graphs of each contributor.

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The Chronos team lead usually overviews the tendency about the number of commits of each member of the team in Contributors on the project level and uses the Repository selection drop-down to drill down and see the graphs rendered based on the statistics of one of the project repositories.

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With the help of individual graphs he learns:

  • during which periods a contributor was most active
  • what contributors have the biggest number of contributions (it’s easy to find that out as contributors with the biggest number of contributions are on the top of the Contributor list)
  • how many commits certain contributors made, how many lines of code they added and deleted over the selected time span

Weekly commit frequency

The Chronos team monitors the development flow using the Commits graph, which shows:

  • bar chart with the number of commits made over the last year grouped by week
  • scatter chart with detailed daily commit statistics of the selected week

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Every week the team views the commit frequency on the Commits graph and if the number of commits is off, they look into it to see what happened and how can be normalized.

Contributor calendar

From time to time the team lead needs to get a resume of the contribution activity of each member of the team, so he goes to the Contributions page in the user profile of every team member, selects the needed time span and takes a look at the Contributor calendar that visualizes the number of contributions (commits and pull requests) a user made each day during the past year in all repositories. Here the team lead can see:

  • on what days a user was most active and made more commits and pull requests
  • how many contributions a user made on a particular day
  • details about user’s commits and pull requests in the activity stream below the calendar

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The stats showing the total number of contributions for the last year, on what day the maximum number of contributions were made, dates and duration of the current and longest strikes also come in handy when analyzing the results of the past year.

Conclusion

Thanks to the Awesome Graphs for Bitbucket Server add-on Planificando is getting the contribution statistics data in a summarized and visual form easy to analyze and use for decision making. The add-on helps the team to stay on track, discover bottlenecks as soon as they arise and improve their work processes based on the insights that come when studying graphs at retrospectives.

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