10/29/09

Agile Project Management software

The Scrum project management method. Part of t...Image via Wikipedia

Here's a list of software systems that ostensibly help manage agile projects. I'm looking at using Rally for our next project at work. Anyone have a good argument to try something else?

Our past two projects used the Scrum framework and were run with a combination of sticky notes, index cards and an Excel spreadsheet. Everything worked great except for a) tracking the sprint burndown, b) reordering the priorities, and c) making sure the spreadsheet had a high visibility.

Some other prerequisites: Free or low cost, secure, uses less time than sticky notes/spreadsheets.


I've left Rational and Primavera off the list. They're too expensive, and too "heavy." I've also omitted Microsoft Project: that's great for setting up and planning a waterfall project, but it's heck to use that for ongoing tasks.

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10/14/09

Pi Twits

Quite a few twitter accounts are based on pi. I tried all these urls and almost all are registered twitter users, except pi to 8 significant digits and 15 significant digits. Is this a secret pattern?

http://twitter.com/3
http://twitter.com/31
http://twitter.com/314
http://twitter.com/3141
http://twitter.com/31415
http://twitter.com/314159
http://twitter.com/3141592
http://twitter.com/31415926
http://twitter.com/314159265
http://twitter.com/3141592653
http://twitter.com/31415926535
http://twitter.com/314159265358
http://twitter.com/3141592653589
http://twitter.com/31415926535897
http://twitter.com/314159265358979
http://twitter.com/3141592653589793

(also, of course: http://twitter.com/pi )

Also, there are twitter accounts for pi's less famous cousin e (not to be confused with http://twitter.com/e).
http://twitter.com/271828
http://twitter.com/271828183




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10/3/09

Mason Cat

I found this Mason Cat in my kitchen. I will keep him and feed him butter and pickles and call him Beans. Or maybe I'll feed him beans and call him Pickles.
 

 

(In response to the Placenta Teddy Bear)
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