Status Hero

A Brief Walkthrough


I'm Henry Poydar, founder.

I've been building software and leading teams for over 20 years.

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We Scratched an Itch

  • Our software firm built Status Hero because we needed it
  • We discovered that these needs are common to many teams, so we turned the tool into a product

High Performers

  • Because of Status Hero, we now reliably deliver better software
  • The goal of this deck is to help you understand how Status Hero can help you and your team

Noisy Data Streams

You and your team are inundated with notifications from all of your tools and systems:

  • Code commits
  • Bug reports
  • Support requests
  • Meeting invites
  • Devops Alerts
  • Ticket updates
  • Email threads
  • Chat messages
  • Docs changes
  • ...etc.

Parsing It All Is Hard

  • Who did what vs. what was expected?
  • Who's doing what, towards what goals?
  • Who needs help?
  • What wins can be celebrated?
  • How long will planned work take?

Standups Help. Sometimes.

  • Data is ephemeral, lost when the meeting ends
  • You need yesterday's data to see if goals are met
  • Hard to schedule, more so if team is distributed
  • Start and stop overhead is time consuming
  • Participants often distracted
  • Nobody likes meetings

Heroic: Brief Check-Ins, Clear Reports

Team members respond to mobile-friendly check-in notifications over your established channels. No new apps, installs, or registrations.

Later on, a summary report is distributed to the team and stakeholders.

Automatic Activity Tracking

Status Hero can pull in real-time activity from tools like Jira and Github, supercharging check-ins and giving you a central place to see your team's work.

Immediate Benefits

  • Understand 'who did what' at a glance
  • Activity from all of your tools summarized in one place
  • Emphasis on goal-oriented progress vs. task minutiae
  • Individual intentions are transparent to you and team
  • Blocking issues surfaced so you can quickly mitigate
  • Team members are promptly able to help each other out
  • Frees you up to focus on relationships instead of logistics

Benefits Over Time

  • Team members get better at setting expectations
  • You get better at estimating planned work
  • Project context is understood by all
  • Small wins are able to be recognized, celebrated
  • Data for retros and 1-on-1s is at the ready
  • Lots of expensive developer time is saved


  • Frictionless Check-ins Status Hero collects check-ins with brief questions in the channel of your choice: email, chat, or SMS. Single-click "magic links" take your team members directly to the check-in; no login required.
  • Familiar Formatting Your team can use markdown and emoji in check-ins and comments to convey information in the way they see fit.
  • Insightful Reports and Team Transparency We designed the team dashboard and the rest of the reports to deliver the information and clarity you and your team need to continuously improve and succeed.
  • Hundreds of Integrations Status Hero works with your communication tools like Slack and Microsoft Teams for check-ins and report distribution. Connect your project management tools to automatically display updates alongside team check-ins and in a real-time activity stream.
  • Real-Time Activity Stream Use Status Hero as a hub to observe team events as they occur from both Status Hero and your connected integrations.
  • Time Zone Aware Status Hero abstracts away all of the time zone math for teams working across multiple geographies, giving everyone the information they need at the right moment.
  • Comments, Reactions, and @mentions Team members can quickly comment and react to each other's check-ins, enabling communication, transparency, collaboration, and engagement.

More Features

  • Tailor and Tune to Fit Your Team's Needs Start with a set of intelligent defaults, then customize timing, questions, and other configuration settings to suit your team.
  • Multiple Teams and a Company-Wide Dashboard Setup multiple teams and team member roles for your organization, and keep track of the top-level metrics from a single dashboard.
  • Power-up One-on-One and Retro Meetings Filter check-ins by team members and other data, and then compare key metrics across periods. So you'll have all the data you need at your fingertips for your 1:1s and retros.
  • Observer Mode Keep stakeholders in the loop by designating them as observers; they'll get the reports but won't get nagged with check-in prompts.
  • Goal Tracking Each check-in depends on the goals set in the previous check-in, so your team gets better at setting expectations for both themselves and their teammates. And in turn, you get better at coming up with delivery estimates.
  • Streaks When team members hit their goals for consecutive check-ins, their streaks are incorporated into the dashboard and other reports.
  • Blocker Alerts Status Hero alerts you and the team in real time when team members report blocking issues or other instances where they need help in order to make forward progress.

Even More Features

  • Mood Tracking Emotional state plays a big part in the workday. Keep tabs on it by letting your team members signal their mood with an emoji. It's a non-intimidating way of generating empathy and smoothing over internal communications.
  • Vacations and Holidays Set up a calendar of time off in advance at the team or individual level. Team members can also mark themselves as absent directly in their check-ins.
  • #Hashtags and Search Use customizable #hashtags to categorize check-ins and map them to your initiatives. And quickly search check-ins by phrase or external identifier, like a Jira issue ID.
  • Kiosk Display and Dark Mode Project your team's progress on a big monitor with the press of a button. And flip your Status Hero dashboard to dark mode to fit in with your other tools.
  • Approved for the Enterprise We count financial institutions and government contractors among our customers. Our experienced team is ready for your procurement process and security review.

Data Security

  • Your data is yours. Status Hero neither shares nor sells any organizational or personal information.
  • Your data is secure. All data is encrypted in transit and at rest. Field-level encryption is also available for check-ins.
  • 24x7x365 availability. Our systems are backed-up, monitored, scanned and upgraded around the clock.
  • Enterprise-ready. We count public companies, financial institutions, and defense contractors among our customers. We're ready for your infosec review.

Read more about our security practices


  • Subscription-based. Add a credit card and we'll automatically bill and invoice every month
  • Plans start at $3 per month for each active user
  • No long-term commitment, cancel at anytime
  • Invoice billing and volume discounts available
  • Meetings are expensive. Teams using Status Hero typically save upwards of $60K a year.

You're in Good Company

  • Thousands of check-ins processed each hour from around the world
  • Trusted by start-ups, agencies, and publicly traded enterprises
  • Featured in app directories for Slack, Atlassian, WeWork and more
  • Read the reviews from our customers

What's Next?


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