Startup founders are on the ground and in the trenches when they, well, start up. But as time goes on and their little business starts to grow, many founders find themselves spending a lot of time traveling, at meetings with potential investors, and generally at a point where they have to focus a little more on the big picture and can’t be so involved in the daily grind.
If you’re worried you’re losing touch with the daily dev progress because you can’t always be signed on to your company’s preferred IRC, and your team is sick of writing daily dev summary emails, or just doesn’t have the time – Scrumbot may have the solution for you.
Scrumbot, founded in 2015, is an IRC-bot that plugs into Slack or Hipchat and acts like a digital assistant, keeping you connected to your dev team any time, anywhere, instantly.
How It Works
Like an assistant you never have to remind, Scrumbot pings your team near the end of your work day and asks them what they have been working on today. Each team members then responds with three things: what they finished, what they are working on now, and if they have any blockers.
The “ScrumMaster”—whether that’s the Project Manager or the CEO—gets a daily (or whenever they ask) report from Scrumbot with all of the things people are doing – and any blockers pop up to the top.
If you work with a remote dev team, like most startups, Scrumbot will deal with figuring out who is in what timezone, get their updates at the right time, and summarize it all for you before your morning starts.
For the busy startup founder who’s getting pulled away from the daily progress, Scrumbot is perfect. Whether you’re in an airport or the lobby of your next big deal, you can always check on your team’s latest progress with a quick “/scrumbot status.”
Never again will you walk into a meeting with your next investor without the latest, up-to-date information on the progress of your new feature. And your dev team will never have to write another daily dev summary email again – trust me, they’ll thank you for it.
Interested in a a new agile assistant for Slack or HipChat? Pricing starts at $50/mo. per channel, with the site currently advertising a discounted cost of $37/mo. (Keep any eye out, Scrumbot offers random, varying discounts.) If you’re not sure if it’s the right fit for your startup, Scrumbot also offers you a 14-day free trial with no credit card required.
Don’t use either of those IRCs? Not to worry. Scrumbot hope to support Flowdock, Chime, Kato.im and others in future releases. Wish they’d tackle your favorite workflow app? Let them know on Twitter @MyScrumbot or by email.