#231 – Security Story

December 4th, 2020

Parabol Friday Ship Security Story Banner

This week, we delivered a number of enterprise security audit results to prospective enterprise customers.

We are amazed by the variety of security and risk questionnaires and the range of effort it takes to respond, despite the definition and adoption of enterprise security standards such as SOC2. It’s a segment of business ripe for reinvention. Imagine, one day being able to click a button that reads, “share information” to establish trust, instead of sending dozens of documents back and forth. Until that day arrives, we’re doing what most SaaS businesses do: hire folks to help manage the process.

We know there are many product makers who read our blog. How does your company handle responding to security questionnaires?

Metrics

Parabol Metrics for Friday Ship 231

Metrics are on par for what we expect toward the end of the calendar year. The very top of funnel softened a bit (although not shown, we saw gains in our inbound from our Organic Search channel). Our weekly sign up rate slowed just a touch, while the number of active users gained on pace with recent weeks. Finally, the number of weekly meetings ran rebounded over the week before, revealing an overall growth trend.

This week we…

published a post for scrum masters, How Scrum Masters can Solve the Top 3 Challenges of Remote Work.

added 4 new retrospective template landing pages. Check out those great illustrations!

began work to move our CI/CD pipeline to GitLab and supporting services on AWS EKS. As we scale we’re finding we have new needs in how we build and test Parabol. Later on in 2021 we’ll write up a comprehensive write up on what these challenges are and how we’ve tackled them, but we’re excited to be entering into a new chapter and frontier for the business.

shipped v5.26.0 into production. We’ve got a near feature-complete version of Sprint Poker up on production hidden behind a feature flag.

kicked off Sprint 69. We’ve already delivered a bunch of great work including updating our Slack integration from a deprecated API, implemented file upload for local storage (vs. requiring a S3 bucket) for self-hosted customers, and squishing a number of new and old bugs. We’d also be remiss not to share a new iteration of the template editor we’ve been working on. Here’s a side by side screen shot:

Parabol Template Editor Side by Side

spruced up our YouTube channel. Did you know we make video content? We plan on making a lot more. Look at that pretty banner!

Next week we’ll…

start adding users to our Sprint Poker beta. We’re so eager to get feedback!


Have feedback? See something that you like or something you think could be better? Leave a public response here, or write to us.

 

Jordan Husney

Jordan Husney spent 20+ years helping technology serve people. His passion for collaboration, agile development, and remote teams led him to start Parabol, a free online retrospective tool.