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October 2023 Update

November 1, 2023 by Brad Simantel

This is a monthly update where I share what I’ve been working on recently. For the previous installment, check out my September 2023 Update.

October was great! I onboarded a couple more teams, and am starting to get a decent amount of real usage. As a result, I ended up throwing out my plans for the month and focusing on UX improvements and bugs.

It’s honestly embarrassing the issues I found as folks started using the app more. Stuff like incorrectly linking URLs in a comment or not validating usernames. Also so much low-hanging fruit in terms of UX improvements, like auto-resizing comment inputs as you type, or adding breadcrumbs to the different pages, or highlighting the link to the current page in the settings navigation.

Here’s the full list of bug fixes and improvements I shipped:

  • Fix display bug in reminder emails where pokers and refines were being rendered incorrectly
  • Fix comment sorting bug so comments are sorted by date, not ID
  • Fix bug in comments where links would only be added to the domain, not the full URL
  • Fix bug where GitHub integration errored on repos with a dot in their name
  • Fix text-wrapping bug in the to-do pane on the main page
  • In password reset email, add copy explaining the link experies in 90 minutes
  • Add username validation, since making @usernames clickable was broken by an invalid username
  • Add word wrapping to comments so long URLs and similar will wrap to the next line
  • Put notification preferences in their own card under account settings
  • Make the link to the current page in the settings navigation bold
  • Don’t send you to the top of the page when you update team settings
  • Match styling of button in team and user settings to the rest of the app
  • Allow multi-line comments in standup, retro, and planning poker, and don’t scroll the text input as you type
  • Don’t error when you hit enter in an empty comment field
  • Collapse comment thread for closed pokers and refines
  • Add breadcrumbs to get back to the home page from statuses, refines, and pokers

And that’s not even everything I wanted to do! So November is shaping up to be more of the same, with a focus on fixing up notifications, working on the Slack integration, and a handful of other nagging issues.

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