For his graduation, Ahmad Hadi build an extreme programming management tool. He got a good grade :-)
It wasn't polished enough yet for real use, but we couldn't really continue working on it as the number of clients just kept rising. Good for business, but not good for the extreme management tool. When Maurits van Rees (my brother btw) started an internship at Zest, he was charged with finalising the darn thing. It took him just 3 months or so to get to know Plone, archgenxml and python development in general. Oh, and finishing the tool :-)
The core of the tool is OK, the last month it was mostly UI tweaks to get the interaction more smooth and elegant. Oh, and removing a lot of the workflow states, it's way easier to use than it was a month ago. Removing information where unneeded and adding it where handy.
One planned addition that I like especially is to use elements from Joel Spolsky's painless software schedules, namely having both an original estimate and a revised estimate. This solves several problems:
Anyway: I'm really starting to like the tool for day-to-day use. And I especially love the almost hourly little improvements :-)
we're trying this nice tool with my collegues just nowadays .. and it sounds great! yes, we're too early to evaluate it on our experience basis, but it's really doing what we need..
Hope we'll get in touch after a deeper insight and some more valuable feedback! :)
My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.
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