You know by now that Code Inventory is something of an obsession with me. Like it or not, most of us, whether developers or sysadmins, work in a service industry. It’s fast and furious, and we don’t have time to build features that nobody wants. With sufficient test coverage, there’s no code that can’t be [...]
Pivotal Tracker – Agile project management tool
Scrum based project management doesn’t have to be hard. The folks from Pivotal have created the Tracker product online for streamlined, web-based PM. If you manage software projects, check out the posts below for more insight into this incredible tool.
Even today, in the 21st century, it’s rare for CEOs to steer their companies into agile waters. Change is hard, scary and leads into the unknown and changing an entire organization compounds all these fears. But, there are subtle, yet significant, ways in which you can organize your own work to be much more agile. [...]
PivotalTracker is a great tool for organizing your work. No matter whether you work mainly in software development, operations, or in a shared DevOps environment, PivotalTracker keeps you up to the task. Over the last couple of years using it, we’ve seen some patterns for setting up projects and organizing stories with tags.
For a team new to agile software development, estimating user stories is not easy. The team is used to estimate tasks in hours and days, and know they’re never right anyways. So why bother? In agile, estimating user stories relative to each other using story points can give you a fact based idea about what [...]
I’ve been busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest the past few weeks. And because of this I haven’t been keeping up with my weekly posts. But yesterday, after getting through the guilt trip, I realized that I was missing more than just blogging. I was missing my weekly retrospectives and thereby losing [...]
Last week, the CTO of a partner company came over to me and asked: “Hey Matthias, do you have any benchmarks on how many commits your developers do each day? And how many lines of code they produce? I would love to compare the performance of our teams to be able to show my CEO [...]
Last week I held my first meeting at NetDoktor, introducing the rest of the company to both what I’m doing and how I organize my work. Of course, I’d dropped the ‘agile’ word around the office from time to time and, suprisingly, most everyone had some idea of what it meant. Sure, it was some [...]
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 [...]
As I’ve shown in my plea to Agile Tool Vendors: Please simplify my life, I currently see only Pivotal Tracker to be a tool which simplifies my life instead of managing complexity. Enterprise Class vs Opinionated Software
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 [...]