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The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a United States-based organization that seeks to aid homeschooling families through legal representation.
Purcellville, Virginia, USA
30 years ago, homeschooling was illegal in all of the 50 states in the US. Today, it’s legal in all of them. HSLDA is a US-based international legal defense association defending homeschool families, their rights, and their freedom to choose to homeschool. HSLDA works with different state organizations to make sure there are good solid walls in place to protect homeschoolers and education rights in general.
Rachel Bell joined HSLDA as a Salesforce developer, where she wears different hats: helping service administrators and project managers in various projects, talking with end-users to ensure that everything is operating as it should, and developing new projects and solutions, both internally and for their customers.
Working in different development environments means dealing with a ton of data, including bugs. HSLDA was missing a tool that would easily capture all the information from their development, product, and client-facing environments to help Rachel’s team debug faster.
This process for reporting and finding bugs was time-consuming, made worse when their customers, who at times are less tech-savvy, get frustrated not knowing how to provide useful information to Rachel’s team. The painful process would involve:
“Different tensions and issues arise when all you needed was just information to be able to solve a bug. We experience those internally within the tech team and also in other departments that deal with users reporting issues,” recalls Rachel.
Like many other companies, HSLDA turned to remote working when the pandemic hit, which came with its own communication challenges, including communicating bugs. As the team switched to a hybrid setup and HSLDA continued to scale, Rachel’s team knew their existing process was not robust and would not scale with the business. The team needed an all-in-one bug reporting tool that would streamline the bug reporting process, ease the tension and frustration within the team, and free up everyone’s time for more high-value work.
HSLDA chose Bird because they needed a tool that can capture and organize a wide range of data and one that enables easy sharing within the team. Rachel shared that Bird was particularly helpful during the time when her team was upgrading to a new CMS and had issues with Single Sign-On (SSO). Being able to capture a Bird recording on both production and staging environments and being able to compare and view all the different requests has immensely helped her team to immediately identify differences instead of pulling out two separate browsers and not being able to easily share it within the team.
HSLDA decided to use Bird in early 2020 in order to create a system of record for bug reports received from both within the team and their end-users and to offer a self-serve approach to their end-users to easily report bugs without all the frustrating back and forth. After close to zero setup was required, HSLDA quickly began to see value.
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