Thrillist Media Group is a digital media company based in New York City with approximately 175 employees. Thrillist.com is an online utility for people to find the best places around the world to eat, drink, and travel.
Mike Solomon is a Product Manager at Thrillist Media Group and works closely with developers and designers to ensure the company delivers the best possible product to their users. As a part of his role, Mike has to make sure that his team can design, build, QA, and deploy their product in a viable amount of time.
Mike and his teams are working in agile and have been using Tempo Timesheets for JIRA for approximately two years for new product development. He was kind enough to share his experiences with Tempo Timesheets.
Challenges & Solutions
Thrillist Media Group had been looking for a time tracking solution that would seamlessly integrate to their JIRA instance for a while, in the end, Tempo Timesheets was the product that stood out. “Tempo Timesheets helps us to identify trends in our process, e.g. how much time does it take us to build and QA a product given the project’s scope. Tempo Timesheets also helps us answer the question of how much time we have spent on our on-going projects and how that correlates to our actual progress versus our estimates.” One of the features Mike and his teams have been using the most is the Tempo API, which allows Thrillist Media Group to tailor Tempo Timesheets to their needs.
When asked about how Thrillist Media Group has benefitted from using Tempo Timesheets, Mike was quick to single out improved accuracy in their product roadmap timeline. “Using historical data, we can make better predictions about how long a project will take and therefore we are able to communicate realistic timelines to stakeholders – not only timelines for ongoing projects but for our entire product roadmap.” Tempo Timesheets gives their management team better visibility into the progress of their projects, so they can better plan and forecast, and meet their stakeholders’ expectations, resulting in increased customer satisfaction.
Mike says that although most employees don’t feel the direct benefits that the timesheets give the team and might feel that timesheets are a necessary evil that they could do without when in reality, he says accurate timesheets prevent scope overload, over-utilization, and unrealistic deadlines. According to Mike, time tracking and time sheets is something that teams find hard to value–until they live life without them.