Developer Community Kickoff - Project Management Decisions

  • I've used Jira professionally for a few years now, and it's okay for development tracking, but not ideal. It works better for bug tracking, but I wouldn't strongly recommend it, as it's quite expensive and the UI is getting pretty old. It doesn't play as nicely with other tools as some other options.

    On the other hand, GitHub has always worked perfectly for me, either directly or via Xcode.

    I give Slack a +1.

  • Well he said he wanted to use it as the bug DB and Trello for project planning. But you are right about the expensive part. There are not to-to many bug tracking options out there however.. (that are worth the time or good). But i can put together a short list of options i am familiar with i guess!

    Aside from <a href="">Jira</a> we have...


    <a href="">YouTrack</a>: Which is awesome, and i have used them before but unless you are open source/learning project on the free edition the cost is some-what prohibitive... >->

    <a href="">Mantis</a>: Is a common, free option among many projects i have worked on. It doesn't look very pretty.. but the functionality is there and works fine plus you can self host it.

    <a href="">BugZilla</a>: Used by FireFox makers (Mozilla) for their products. The fuctionality works well, it is free and can be self-hosted. But again if aesthetics matter its just ok in that department.

    <a href="">Bug Tracker</a>: Made by ZoHo it is actually not that bad, its fairly feature filled and has github integration built in which is nice. It looks nice as well however there is not a self-host option only remote hosting on their system. I will say however, their pricing plan is nice because you pay based on how many projects, not users. You can have unlimited users. I haven't used this Zoho product before but have used some of their others, their service has always been stable for me.

    <a href="">The Bug Genie</a>: Has a self-host or cloud host option, you can but a one time license for the self host. The pricing really isn't terrible considering they have a one time license unlimited user option. I haven't used them personally before but they do have GitHub integration among other things. And they claim to be aesthetically pleasing.


    This is a short list and hopefully it is useful; it could be expanded upon but a lot of the others are prohibitively expensive, doesn't work for what this type of project is, or has been abandoned.

  • I hate to suggest this, but what about VSO?

  • I don't even know what VSO stands for. xD

  • I assume MS Visual Studio Online -

    Other parts of the company I work at use Kayako for issue tracking and they are happy. I think it's fairly cheap, too.

  • in my experience:
    perforce is bad.
    svn is okay, but can be somewhat slow.
    git is wonderful for code, but as you have said art will be separate, still worth it if you ask me.

  • I have used Kayako at the company i work at before as a general help desk, but not as a user bug tracker. They are private tickets, so im not sure it would be good to use as a bug tracker those should be public and able to be commented on, etc.

    Unless there is a section like this in Kayako i have not used/seen before and if that's the case then great bc kayako is a good product. :o

  • My preferences below. Doesn't really matter that much though :-)

    Source control: TFS, SubVersion, GitHub (in order of preference)
    Bug database: Jira or ScrumWise
    Project planning: ScrumWise
    Chat and project management: Skype for chat. ScrumWise for project management

  • What about collaborating on design documents?
    I tend to lean on Google Docs when their security is acceptable to the team.

  • It seems like from what the forums are turning into is a lot of questions that may be clarified in the documentation. Is it possible to get a link to what has been done so far?

  • Let's get this info into a table and figure out the best one to use. I've created a spreadsheet here:

    Note: spreadsheets like this are public for now, but eventually we'll limit them to the dev community once we have emails and an account system.

  • GitHub announced recently-ish about support for large file storage:

    We use Perforce at work, and maybe it's because I came from a prior experience with Mercurial and Git, but I really loathe the Perforce workflow and how "heavy" it is to set up a client. Certainly for an open source collaboration project I think gravitating towards Git or its siblings would make things easier.

    Maybe that allow for a version control that doesn't need to separate code and assets into different systems?

    We use Jira at work. It's fine - I have nothing else to compare it to. It has it quirks which makes us shout at the screen some times, but I guess that would apply to any alternative when you set up a complex system like a project management solution.

    Haven't had too much experience with Slack yet. Though trying it out for my own dev projects. Some way to unify communication which is scattered all over the place. And I like the notion of integrations with services and automations.

    But when it comes to it, it's all just tools. Pick a set and stick with it.

  • As a former ALM MVP if you want I can help to setup/manager everything on Visual Studio Online and TFS.
    I don't know exactly how much it would cost you but it's fairly cheap as MSFT is pushing the tech.

    You can also rely on Git for Source Control with Visual Studio Online, regarding build and Project Management, I really think you can achieve something more than acceptable with the included features.

  • Maybe we should add like button or something to the 'tech to use' file for every technologie proposed to know which one is more favored and go in this direction.

  • Wouldn't be a real poll funktion the better way for that?
    With likes you have to search the threads, with a poll its nice and tidy.

  • I don't use google docs. I ther any kind of voting possible (without manual incrementing cells witch would very likely end in chgaose)?

  • then, a pool in the forum will be the most inclusive way to work....
    more job for @RainFarmer :D

  • The people have spoken! I'll try and get a polling feature next week.

    Ya know, we are building an entire voting and proposal system for ECO, perhaps we could use that one day... (Going to demo it at PAX today! See ya there)

  • Have fun and let the people inspire you.

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