ModCloth

ModCloth is an apparel company with a mission to merge vintage style with modern technology.

The ModCloth Team

As it's grown from an indie boutique to one of the top destinations for stylish, kitschy clothes on the internet, ModCloth has had to grow their technical teams to keep up with demand. After trying out several other solutions, they’ve switched to Clubhouse, which is the perfect mix of flexibility and structure for them.

Finding a Smart Solution

Before switching to Clubhouse, some of the teams were using Trello and Pivotal Tracker. “Different teams were using different tools, and essentially we got to a point where we needed something smarter than Trello, without forcing us to do things in a certain way,” says Mia Judkins, lead project manager at ModCloth. After testing out a few different things, they discovered Clubhouse.

Mia Judkins

“It’s been really great so far — we came in just as Teams was introduced. We couldn’t have used Clubhouse without this feature, since we have a different workflow for each of our teams. As more and more of our teams get into Clubhouse, it becomes more useful.“

- Mia Judkins, Lead Product Manager

Mia doesn’t have a specific methodology that she follows dogmatically. “I appreciate the cadence and all of the structure of the rituals with Scrum, but I find that it can be too rigid depending on the team and what you’re trying to build.” While she tends towards a loose Agile framework, with some of her vendor implementations, she almost always uses waterfall. “It’s more about what’s going to work best for the team, get us the results that we need the fastest, and also ensure a sustainable pace.” She is happy to find that her approach dovetails nicely with Clubhouse’s loose structure.

Keeping Track of Stories

Stories in the ModCloth Clubhouse can start in either a bug triage workflow state, a Product idea backlog, or the development team’s engineering queue.

Since the team uses several Agile processes in their workflow, they have a backlog grooming session once per sprint, where they go through each of the cards in any of these columns, make sure it has an appropriate description covering acceptance criteria, has all of the assets or attachments needed to begin, and then create an estimate for it.

“For one team, we’re just using a straight Fibonacci point scale for level of effort, and in another team we’re using time, where every point relates to one day,” says Mia.

After a Story has been through this grooming process, it’s included in potential Stories to tackle during the next sprint, which is another column the teams use. From there, they have developer and progress columns, including “code review,” “ready for staging,” “staging QA,” etc.

One of the strengths of Clubhouse is that it’s easy for them to tweak the workflow as needed. “Because our devops team has been incredibly overworked in the last couple of months, we created a specific column called ‘waiting for dev ops,’ which gives us a way to stay organized while waiting on them and acknowledging the bottleneck. When things are less busy, we can just delete that column and go back to our usual workflow.”

Clubhouse brings joy to software teams

“We tried many of the popular project management tools, but only Clubhouse satisfied our requirements.”
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“As a Product Manager, Clubhouse has solved a lot of problems for our team.”
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“Clubhouse’s powerful API lets us set up the processes and flows that are right for our team and the interface doesn’t pigeon hole us into a specific methodology.”
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Pascal Bourque @bourquep 12:46 PM - 27 Jan 2017
It’s only been 3 days since we moved all our feature/bug backlogs into @clubhouse, and I already can’t see myself using any other tool. 💚
Matt Button @BRMatt 6:12 AM - 9 Jan 2017
Clubhouse.io is Trello on steroids for software projects. Was sceptical at first, but it’s so 💯 💙❤️💛💜
Justin Klemm‏ @justinklemm 3:17 PM - 14 Dec 2016
I’ve used lots of project management tools (Jira, Asana, Basecamp, GitHub), but never loved any of them. @clubhouse might be the winner.
Switching to @clubhouse from Jira. Love my project management job again. #gamedev
Bryan Irace @irace 6:04 PM - 25 Aug 2016
Confirmed: @clubhouse is the software project planning tool I’ve always wanted but never thought would exist. Amazing work @kurt and team.
I am loving @clubhouse. Strikes a really nice balance of making a few good assumptions and not making too many about prod-dev workflow 👌
Been using Clubhouse for about a month and it’s still perfect. Yes, perfect. Best SaaS product I’ve ever used. https://clubhouse.io/
What I like about @clubhouse: intuitive, nicely polished, excellent build quality and simply a pleasure to use!
Peter Vidani @pter 2:10 PM - 18 Jul 2016
Btw, we ended up going with @clubhouse. You still need your own process before starting, but it’s clean and the build quality is solid.
Jonathan Hyde @jonphyde 10:11 AM - 24 Apr 2016
@CutikoLive @bitfield Check out @clubhouse. My engineers love using it, I love using it & they are super lovely people building it.
Jed Christiansen @jedc 6:42 PM - 4 Aug 2016
.@clubhouse continue to roll out increasingly awesome features. Great PM tool; thanks @kurt!
Evan Sinicin @ebahsini 9:11 PM - 23 Jul 2016
@clubhouse excited for Organizations - just sent in a new feature request. Please keep killing it!
JIRA meet your better: https://clubhouse.io/ That is all. cc: @KaitlinMS @TripleEhGames
Started using @clubhouse and loving it! Perfect middle ground between Trello and JIRA 👌
Spurt Reynolds @asarazan 12:45 PM - 17 Feb 2016
Really impressed with my first run of @clubhouse. A product for building products that is actually a good product. Go figure!
Benoit Richter @benrict 9:19 AM - 15 Aug 2015
If your dev team is looking for an upgrade from Github Issues or Trello, have a look at @clubhouse: *really* worth a try. Impressive stuff.
Josh Pigford @shpigford 9:14 AM - 7 Dec 2016
We tried so. many. things. Had committed to Pivotal Tracker & then tried Clubhouse last minute & whole team loved it.
@Derbios thank you for the @clubhouse recommendation! definitely more lightweight than jira and easier to use than pivotaltracker
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