Wistia

Building a cutting-edge video platform means Wistia's product managers have to keep their teams in sync. With Clubhouse, they can.

 

Operating at the cutting-edge of video hosting requires Wistia to keep its software and hardware development efforts focused and running smoothly. They use Clubhouse to keep their engineering teams humming and their customers happy.

Before discovering Clubhouse, Wistia teams were using a mix of docs, spreadsheets, and other Kanban tools to track work. Molly Wolfberg, a product manager at Wistia, says that the existing set up worked okay for some teams within Wistia, but some product development features missing. "We were eager for built-in reporting and estimates, integrations with other tools like GitHub, and something that was built specifically with product and engineering teams in mind."

In short, the product and engineering focused teams needed more automated and detailed features to keep them working quickly and in sync with each other.

Jumping in Headfirst

When Molly came across Clubhouse, she asked the team if they’d be willing to give it a try for their next sprint. Everyone at Wistia works in four-week sprints, which gives them the perfect opportunity to try new project or product management tools and techniques.

The team was intrigued and agreed to give it a go, so she set everything up, and they test-drove Clubhouse for the next month. "It took me about an hour to transfer over our cards, and about a week for the entire team to get used to using the tool."

At the end of the sprint, everyone loved Clubhouse enough that they voted to continue using it. There were several standout features for Molly.

Molly Wolfberg

“As a product manager, I love how easy it is to keep a finger on the pulse of what our team is working on.”

- Molly Wolfberg, Product Manager at Wistia

Data for empowered teams and happy customers

With Clubhouse, they have enough data and a way to view that data, which means "it’s easy to slice and dice the numbers, and make the team more productive." Molly is a big proponent of having strong documentation for her team, and believes in giving them the data they need to be empowered team members — Clubhouse is a part of that process, for her and the rest of her team.

Since they have multiple streams of work, filtering by Epics, Labels, and Workflow State gives them a full picture of where everything is at in the sprint. And the engineers love the GitHub integration and the automatic movement of stories based on their GitHub state, along with the ability to show relationships between stories.

Using Clubhouse lets the Wistia team lighten their workload and keep an eye on what matters most with data-backed metrics. Now, they can stay focused on what matters: helping their customers create and present the best videos possible.

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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Nicolas Grasset
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“Clubhouse has helped enable our rapid growth… It has become indispensable to all of our Product and Engineering teams.”
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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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