[thelist] Anyone using online project management software?

Volkan Özçelik volkan.ozcelik at gmail.com
Fri Aug 7 14:35:58 CDT 2009

Hi Dan,

On Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 8:52 PM, Dan Romanchik <dan at danromanchik.com> wrote:

> Now, however, I'm working
> on a bigger project, that includes several developers, and would like
> to convince the others that it's probably a good idea if we set up and
> use one.

It's definitely a good idea to get organized.
As a sidenote, often getting real [1] is far more important than getting
organized ;)

As a higly dynamic startup we use;

- a real physical whiteboard on our wall boardmarkers of several colors (it
really helps)
- a tiddly wiki for keeping personal notes [3]
- a combination of todo.txt [4] + svn for assigning and tracking tasks
( we tried bug tracker .net [2] but found out that plain old text file was a
much productive approach)
- and subversion for version controlling

By far, this approach worked quite nice for us.

If you like something web-based, you may want to consider BaseCamp [5] or
Trac [6].
I've used basecamp for my freelance projects. It has a very intuitive
interface and it is fun to use.

So, what should we use?

There a a plethora of PM products out there (both free, freemium, open
source and paid). There is no "perfect match" for all projects and all
teams. You should try and see which best fits for your team.

However, it's a good focus on getting real first. YMMV of course.

[1] "Featured Presentations, Keynotes, and Interviews"
[2] "Bug Tracker .net"
[3] "Tiddly Wiki"
[4] "Todo.txt"
[5] Basecamp
[6] Trac

Volkan Ozcelik
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