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Please Advise On Project Management software

Assume I work as a part of a small team (2-3) people who are all remote from each other. We build web applications.

*) I use a project management web application to manage bugs/resources/specs etc
*) passwords are managed using keepassx and dropbox
*) we use git for version control and codebase/github
*) we use screencast and jing for screenshots and screencasts to share

..and my questions..

1) can I improve the above?
2) should I add a new layer - central dev server for testing application (using capistrano)?
3) real time collaboration solutions that don't cost $100,000/hour?
4) anything else you want to add?

I'd really appreciate some help. I've been taking on some increasingly large projects recently which demand some effective project management and workflow tools. Any advice or criticism is welcome!


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For realtime collaboration it doesn't get any simpler and cheaper than Skype. I'd also advise adding some developer productivity measurement software like ProjectCodeMeter.

  • You have to pay to get video conferencing, but it sounds like it would be well worth it in your situation. For remote teams, communication is the most common point of failure, so you want to make it as easy as possible to reach out and talk with your team members. Jul 31, 2011 at 16:40

The biggest change when projects get larger is the need for a more robust methodology/techniques and not necessarily the tools. Without the right structure, even the best tools will provide little value.

Start by defining the areas in which your current tools/processes are falling short and what the "ideal" process would look like. From there, research and learn techniques that can help you get to that ideal.


You could consider using something like http://www.talkerapp.com/ or http://campfirenow.com/ or IRC to keep an ongoing shared chat running with the ability to share large pastes, images etc. That's what we do and we're not even remote, we're all in the same office.

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