[clug] Open Source Project Management
ianmcleod75 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 6 20:40:24 MDT 2009
Ben Nizette wrote: (does anyone know how to preserve headers in
Thunderbird for replied dates)?
> I've been running a small business for the last few years and we use
> dotProject extensively. I won't pretend it's perfect but it's certainly
> helped us a lot. Our main problem is that somehow the interface just
> isn't all that intuitive. I'm no good at GUIs so can't pinpoint it and
> after a few years am fairly used to it, but getting new employees to
> faithfully enter all their tasks and times tends to be a challenge
That sounds more like a change and cultural change than a technological
change issue. Does it add significant value to your business? I'm very
interested in this for very small, and very large programmes of work
Any standard issues / risks / strategies to watch out for? I'm also
interested in how to apply industry standard PM practices to an open
source project - document structures, reporting, registers, etc.
My theory is that open source still consumes a scarce resource - being a
volunteer developer - so should still report to the 'shareholders' being
the OS community on how that resource is providing a return to the OS
community - no different to standard PM practices - with some sort of
business case, outcomes / outputs, requirements, scope management, etc.
> If you've got a server with a fantastico front end then setting up
> dotproject is as easy as ticking the box. I have an off-site web
> hosting account with fantastico so I did that to demo the system then
> once I decided to go with it, deployed it on our internal server.
> Nothing really tripped me up there.
Is this expensive? I am happy to learn how to run a server from home
with a dynamic IP for now - although I really would like to know how to
hook one up to work even if running from my desk on an old PC (anyone?)
- the Windows centric IT guy may not freak out too much if he feel
comfortable this won't be dumped on him to support unless the trial
> We use openERP for all our inventory, production, sales, CRM, invoicing,
> POs etc etc. It can do accounting too but it isn't on the list of
> ATO-approved software so we still do our accounting externally. I can't
> recommend openERP enough, it works really very well. OK so there are
> some rough edges around AU localisation but hey, it's open source so I
> should probably pull my finger out and fix them myself eh?
Possibly, although if it's not a core competency of your business then
this is a business expense to invest this time in doing that. This is
the problem I see with open source - at least with commercial software
you have one organisation to point at to say 'fix it' but open source
relies on the charity of volunteers. Either way, it sounds like it's
not an issue, and complex tax legislation (especially at the rate Labor
will run amok with it) may be best left to dedicated paid personnel to
keep up with it (dedicated accounting software) it's not something you
want to risk getting wrong.
Open ERP sounds very interesting, I would like to see it in operation.
>> open source insurance asset tracker to file away receipts and information on
>> assets in case of disaster or theft - for personal and business use.
> I've been meaning to look in to document management systems like this as
> well. Never got the time - let $LIST know if you find (or write)
> anything good!
I have not found anything out there except some orphaned (never started)
project on Sourceforge mentioning 'insurance'. I'm after an easy
solution to scan and file receipts and asset information. As with tax
accounting software, depreciation and asset value tracking may need to
be left to dedicated COTS products with dedicated full time support
teams, however document management for presenting a thick file to an
insurance assessor may be possible, with accounting software or an
accountant to back up asset information if they need current depreciated
or appreciated values.
What I want is just something basic at home - you buy some furniture or
a TV or even a hard drive - you use invisible ink or the serial number
or a pack of barcode numbers or whatever, scan it in, and a Python
script or similar allows you to enter all the details and it gets filed
away and backed up offsite to a Gmail Drive or whatever you want.
So you get home and some little b*((tard has ripped you off or you left
the iron and your house burnt down - you have a nice neat database with
receipts and information somewhere.
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