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Maximizing Your Workflow with the GitHub CLI

In my professional journey, there came a moment when I shifted my focus from proficiency in coding to prioritizing workflow efficiency. This change in perspective led me to closely examine how I spent my time on routine tasks, such as pulling down code, reviewing and drafting pull requests (PRs). I soon realized that these tasks, while minor, consumed a significant portion of my day. This change in thought steered me towards exploring solutions that could streamline these processes and enhance productivity.

Why You Should Use the GitHub CLI in Your Workflow

For anyone interested in learning the GitHub CLI I have great news, you can get started pretty quickly. Here are some of the things I learned when I first started:

  • Learning the ropes is quite straightforward; you don’t need to invest hundreds of hours. Start with the basics and gradually build up your expertise.
  • The rewards are immediate. You can integrate new techniques into your workflow right away and notice the difference.
  • Tailoring CLI (Command Line Interface) commands to fit within both your professional and personal workflow is easy.
  • It’s a means to free up a considerable amount of time that could be better spent elsewhere. Engaging with GitHub is often a natural aspect of being a developer or playing a role within a repository.

Who Will Benefit From Learning the GitHub CLI?

Honestly, the GitHub CLI can be invaluable for many types of roles. Essentially, if you’re interacting with a repository in any capacity, you have a good reason to explore this tool. Here are some roles that I’ve observed benefit from it:

  • Developers
  • Team Leads
  • QA team members
  • Product Managers
  • Anyone that needs to interact with GitHub


I cannot overstate my appreciation for the GitHub CLI—its intuitive and user-friendly nature has been a game changer for me. Its usefulness and impressive capabilities have inspired me to create a comprehensive guide, which I’ll be sharing on this blog in the coming weeks. My hope is that others will join me on this journey, sharing in my enthusiasm and discovering ways to optimize their own workflows.

Checkout the next article in this series Installing and Authorizing the GitHub CLI.

Micheal England

Article by Micheal England.