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    Question Software project management program

    I do a lot of freelance software development and am looking for a (preferably free and open source) piece of software I can use on Windows XP to keep track of progress made on each feature to be built as part of a piece of software being written.

    For instance, if (and I am over-simplifying) I need to code two blinking buttons, a scrollbar, and data linked text box in order to complete the entire program, then I would like to be able to mark each segment as complete as I go along. I would also like it to keep track of how much time I spend on any one feature and on the whole project in general as well as the percentage completed as I finish each feature. I would also need to add features onto the list of each project as I work.

    I have looked at Open Workbench but I am not sure if this is what I need or if there is something more appropriate I should use. Any ideas?

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    Anyone?

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    i used a few (because i had to at work ) but i always found them way to complicated and timeconsuming.

    for smaller project were i can choose my own approach, i just use a simple excell-sheet.
    i just add a new line for each task (in the first column) or subtask (new line, but placed in the second column). When it's completed and tested, i colour the subtask green. if there are problems with it, i colour the cell red. In the third column, i enter the date when coding was completed and in the fourth column when it was tested and errorfree.
    When all subtask of a task are green, i colour the task green and enter the date of completion for that task.

    It's realy simple, but i never saw much benefits from elaborated systems that map out your critical path and all that sort of fancy stuff. Nothing as useless as statistics like "95% completed" when completing the last 5% takes 50% of your time.
    Certainly if our the only developper, and if you don't need extensive reporting, then it's not realy worth the extra efford (in my opinion).

    To keep an overall view of the required functionalitys and their relationship, i work with a sort of adaptation on ishikawas (fishbone diagrams) that i've developped over the years.
    --> you basically create a new fishbone-diagram for each proces/functionality and then you start adding 'bones' for each sub-proces and then you add 'subbones' etc till you get to the level of data-operations. Then i use come colours to indicate what the crucial parts are.
    It gives you a nice overview on what tasks need to be completed + how crucial each task is and what the logical development order is.
    + all you need is a large piece of paper and a few markers.
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    Maybe I should try the spreadsheet approach. I was about to write my own software to handle what I was wanting.

    Quote Originally Posted by raf
    It gives you a nice overview on what tasks need to be completed + how crucial each task is and what the logical development order is.
    + all you need is a large piece of paper and a few markers.
    I'm trying to avoid the paper route. As much as I change things that wouldn't be the best idea. Know any good software that can do a good fishbone diagram?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bauhsoj
    I'm trying to avoid the paper route. As much as I change things that wouldn't be the best idea. Know any good software that can do a good fishbone diagram?
    simply in excell: http://www.qualityspctools.com/Docs/ishikawa1.xls
    or maybe this one http://www.smartdraw.com/specials/diagram.asp?id=31200

    if you run a google, plenty of tools should turn up --> never used any of them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by raf
    I will give SmartDraw a shot, thanks.


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