Thursday, March 17, 2011

Note to self 15 - If a project has no risk - don't do it.

Dear Michael,
Liz Keogh in her QCon London session on different kinds of incentives last week reminded me of this quote from Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister's "Waltzing with bears".
As DeMarco and Lister put it in the book each and every project that is worth it's while has to have risk.
For me the implication of a project with "no risk" is not only, that it could be done by anyone in any environment but also that it doesn't matter if this project fails - essentially that is what "no risk" means in the end, right? - and who would want to work on such a project?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Digital Taskboards I'm aware of as of 2011-03-11

At the Agile London usergroup meetup last night the topic of digital taskboards came up and I promised one of the participants to send a link to /one/ of them… since I couldn't remember which one I was referring to (it was kanbanery, I found my note eventually) I went through the list in my head and realised that the list isn't so short any more…

  • Qanban…a very promising (and free as in speech) project from @xlson which unfortunately doesn't undergo much development right now. But… it's open source, the source is on github - you know what to do!

  • Kanbanery…got a lot of mentions lately on twitter, but I only did a testdrive

  • Pivotal tracker…A friend of mine uses that a lot (Cheers @jcfischer) and is quite pleased with it

  • See Now Do… haven't tried it, but I know the product owner and from that I infer that it ought to be good

  • Atlassian / Jira / Greenhopper
  • … that was the one we where searching alternatives for...

@Lynne: Sorry - to many to tweet directly