Tasktop was founded on the idea of Less is More. Less confusion. Less overhead. Less bloat.
Tasktop was also founded on Tasktop Dev — our first commercial product and deeply entwined in our heritage. Without Tasktop Dev, we would not be the company we are today. We’ve grown our product line to include Tasktop Sync and Tasktop Data, but Dev is where we started. It’s a workhorse. It’s the individual productivity tool in a line up of enterprise level products. It has a steady user-base of professionals who have used it for years.
Then, last week, I saw this graph…
This is the number of Tasktop Dev Pro licenses we’ve sold every month for the past two and a half years. It doesn’t take a genius to see that something has changed. Something inspired more new customers sign up in the past 5 months than in the previous 21 months.
You may remember this blog post from April of this year.
We went back to the basics with Tasktop Dev.
We stuck to our company motto: Less Is More.
We took an even harder look at what really matters to our customers. We responded to make Dev even better. We made some tough choices. And users noticed.
These decisions and adjustments allow us to offer Tasktop Dev to our customers for less than we previously could. At only $24 per year, the cost is less than a cup of coffee per month.
Tasktop Dev occupies an interesting space in the software development world. On one hand it’s an individual productivity tool–something to help individual developers stay in their IDE. There’s less context switching. Less lost time. More productivity. And let’s be honest, that’s enough. That makes Tasktop Dev a useful product for individuals and companies. We help reduce this invisible inefficiency tax developers incur.
But Tasktop Dev is much more than an individual productivity tool. It’s also the first step in an organization’s integrated development lifecycle. With Tasktop Dev, developers are automatically able to include their task ID and url within their commit messages. This is the first step in Code to Task traceability.
Tasktop started with Tasktop Dev and has expanded to Tasktop Sync and Tasktop Data. We are now a one-stop shop for end-to-end traceability from the code to tasks to reporting. Our customers can trace their requirements to implementation stories to tasks to the actual source code. The Tasktop suite of products lets a customer look at a requirement and answer the question “Where is the actual code that satisfies this requirement?”
Not only is Tasktop Dev valuable for individuals, it’s even more valuable for organizations.
It’s exciting to see our Tasktop Dev work pay off. It’s good to see that sometimes a product that’s been around for awhile can be new again.