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It's not the total number of patches that burns me up, it's the number of reboot cycles triggered by dependencies combined with having to download a large number of patches (and often multiple reboot cycles) before Windows Update will even offer a Service Pack for installation.
(Yeah I know I could probably bypass the SP thing by downloading and manually running the SPs offline installer; but that has a much larger effort requirement than just mashing the Check for Patches Now and Reboot Now buttons repeatedly.)
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
What project management software/tool are you using to manage tasks, deadlines, errors, communication with team etc.
I started a web development company last year and initially we had only 2-3 projects. So it was easy to manage. But now projects are increasing and so is the team and I think it's not efficient to communicate via email (other than face to face meetings). Now I am looking for a proper project management solution where I can assign team and monitor progress, deadlines etc.
We are standardising on JIRA with the Greenhopper agile plugin. This is more of a development perspective tool but it certainly does well to store tasks, known bugs and things that need doing, and I believe some people put PM type information in there as well as the more well defined developer stories. If you set up your 'sprints' appropriately for any agile task board it will give you good monitoring of progress and impending deadlines.
Try this[^] Note that the tool for holding the incentive is remarkably similar to this tool[^] which means that it can be used in an alternative mode for motivating assignees to expedite tasks. Quite versatile.
Project manager is a tool. A nutjob, a blabber, a clueless, excel/mpp freak, douchebag sometimes.
On a serious note, if you work with .Net, TFS it is. No matter how much people say it is bad, I personally never struggled with it. You can also try project server (which I think is crap) if your budget allows.
A dedicated project manager or project management keeps the project on track but is distinctly different from the minutia of what is required to make an individual software project successful.
Yep. I refer to them as "Project Management" and "Task Management"
The latter would be the management of individual development processes necessary to complete specified features (and associated) for a product. This is the 'internal' management of the project which a project manager and development team uses.
The former represents determining what products are delivered to customers, allowing for budgeting, resource management, etc. This is what sales, and higher management uses. It is the 'external' view.
The Task Management is an input into the Project Management. And the Project Management drives creation of Task Management projects and decisions made based on Project Management would impact how Task Management might proceed.
Project Management is where one starts for high level estimates for a product delivery date. Task Management is where one tracks how tasks are proceeding (and at some point this feeds back into the Project Management to fine tune estimates.)
I once used something called PSP(Personal Software Process). Essentially you got a week or two of training, then a certification, and then you were supposed to feed every bit of code you wrote into a statistical analysis, so that you could estimate everything when the managers asked.
Invidious performance monitor. Navel gazing waste of time. The management loved it. The 'church of PSP' expected us to go out into the world with our personal databases and spread the good news while giving uncannily accurate performance forecasts.
When an old girlfriend I met for lunch couldn't understand what the hell it had to do with being a software engineer, I saw the light.
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