What is good project management?

Published on May 26, 2014, 8 a.m.

Last week we spoke about free online project management tools. Having good tools is important but knowing how to use them is even more so.

Project management can often be overlooked at the start of a project (when it is the most vital), usually because the commercial staff who "sold" the project is not fully aware of the technologies they are selling, their strength and their weaknesses or as often because we live in a world where looks is what matters and projects are sold according to how they look but not how efficient they are, project management is thus often set aside and design is brought forward.
But look at it this way: I guess we can all agree that a Ferrarri looks gorgeous, some people buy them only for their appearance but most people do buy them because of the engine which is hidden under the hood.

Good project management is making sure that the project you are selling will have the engine of a Ferrarri as well as its looks.

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The importance of a good project management tool

Published on May 21, 2014, 10:24 a.m.

Last week, we told you about building a truly responsive Redmine theme (which is currently in testing) and we cannot mention Redmine without speaking of the importance of using a good project management tool.

There are only a few free open-source web-based project management software worth mentionning:

Redmine is by far my favourite.
Trac had its glory days but it requires a different intallation for each project (multi-projects is supposed to be supported using a multitude of hacks) and its configuration is far from being user-friendly.
Project | Pier has a nice modern interface with nice features and is a promissing project but today it lacks the addons collection available on Redmine.

Project management Redmine My 2 cents

Late? Yes really

Published on April 28, 2014, 8:42 a.m.

We are sorry, things have been crazy over here for several reasons and we are very late on our blogging deadlines, so as a kind of appology, we thought we'd share this strip from CommitStrip (check them out, they are really funny)

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Revision control - What is it and why should you use it?

Published on March 17, 2014, 8 a.m.

This is an introduction to revision control, what it is and why you should use it.

If you are new to development or are experienced but never used a revision control tool, you will probably want to read this.

Revision control My 2 cents Version control

Why is it useful to work with frameworks

Published on Feb. 17, 2014, 9 a.m.

Working with a framework is not always the right way to go but usually when creating a new website or application you will have to develop some "standard" features like a search-engine-friendly url system, an authentication system, a way of checking permissions of authenticated users, listing, deleting and editing of database records and probably a lot of other features. Provided you pick a correct framework, all those things are included out-of-the-box.

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Tabs are evil

Published on Feb. 10, 2014, 5 p.m.

I recently ran into a "problem" where some revison control commit was rendered way less usefull because someone replaced spaces by tabs in some files, thus making the whole file appear as diff when inspecting that particular revision.

Tabs vs Spaces has been an ongoing discussion amongst developpers for a very long time so I thought I'd put in my 2 cents Smile

Coding standards My 2 cents IT