Saturday, January 07, 2006

RallyDev- Hosted Agile Project Management & Collaboration Tool

UPDATE: Feb 2010: I wrote the following in Jan 2006 before I had enough exposure to User Stories and before I got stuck in the quagmire that Rally - at least in that version - turned out to be. I stopped using it a month later. The problem was ironically the same problem Agile development evolved to solve- Rally itself was over-engineered, tried to do much and did the simple & important things not well enough-- if at all. To make matters worse, it was very slow and highly cumbersome to input info into- these were the early days of Web 2.0 and Rally seemed to be going overboard with use of AJAX. I've heard good things about Rally again lately but haven't validated it for myself. I'll do a separate blog post on this topic when I do.

I'm smitten by the Agile software development methodology. It's not as if I've heard about it only today, but now I have a tool that can (I believe) help me manage the CommuterStation product development in India more effectively.

The great thing about it is that it lets you- nay, it makes you - define your product's Features & Use-cases, Releases and Iterations, Resources and Tasks, so that they are all online, inter-dependent, and trackable and manageable. One of the cool things is about Rally is the integration with Eclipse and Fitnesse.

Check out the following for starters on Agile, if you want to get started.
Agile Manifesto
Agile Alliance

And of course, there's no substitute for simply Googling "Agile" or "Agile Project Management".

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