Howto migrate from Mingle to Pivotal Tracker

by on January 22, 2009 · 3 comments

After using Pivotal Tracker myself for a couple of weeks, I recently migrated our complete development from Mingle to Tracker.

Migrating existing data between tools using CSV is always a pain. It starts with Mingle using tabs as a separator instead of, well, commas. Of course, you have different field names to match up, and then there’s the difficulties of making MS Excel write a CSV file with commas as separators instead of semi-colons. To avoid all that, I put together a super simple Ruby script to convert a Mingle export into a valid Tracker import:
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Agile Tool Vendors: Please don’t try to manage complexity – simplify my life!

by on December 18, 2008 · 1 comment

We’ve been using Mingle for over one year now and it serves us quite well. During the course of the year, we used it to manage over 2000 stories, issues and chores, and we currently only have around 90 open ones left. The only major shortcoming in my eyes is the lack of a real backlog where I could prioritize stories by sorting the list (oh, and its incredible hunger for server-side resources ;-). But it helped us build a successful online business, and all of that for free. Time to say: Thank you, Thoughtworks!

Mingle took a new approach on agile project management

About a year ago, Mingle shook up the scene of agile project management tools like VersionOne, Rally, targetprocess, and XPlanner. Mingle was simpler and much more adaptable to your needs and processes. While it’s definitely enterprise grade software, it’s capable of hiding that fact and giving you a smooth experience with a lot of freedom. You can, for example, define any filter criteria and create a custom grid view for your cards. And you have a fully fledged reporting query language (MQL) for generating graphs and tables with the data you need to see. Mingle does not force you into a fixed structure consisting of releases, iterations, stories, tasks, test cases and issues like some of the aforementioned tools do. While you’re able to manage all those aspects, you don’t have to, and that’s a big advantage in my eyes.

The fundamental issue

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Sample Code for the Mingle API Using Ruby on Rails ActiveResource

by on June 12, 2008 · 0 comments

We use Mingle for managing our agile software development process and found some repetitive tasks which we wanted to automate.

As part of our deployment to the test environment, we had to manually move all “ready to deploy” stories to status “deployed on test env”. With every release to production, we had to move them all again from tested to done. Then, we carefully copied all story numbers and titles to a Release Notes email, which was sent out to all interested parties within our company. Not exactly a lot of hassle but we did it often enough (and found it boring enough) to think about automation.
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