Making Software Management Tools Work For You

John Mertic (28.Jan.2011 at 15:40)
Talk at PHPBenelux Conference 2011 (English - UK)

Rating: 3 of 5

With the advent of such rich open source tools such as Subversion, Git, Trac, CruiseControl, and Review Board, managing software projects of any size has become much easier than ever. But how do you best use these tools in your organization? Picking the tool for you team is not a trivial task, and it requires insight into your team’s size, dynamic, and experience level; these tools are far from one-size-fits-all solutions. In this talk we’ll look at how these tools can fit into any software project and how to pick the right tool for your project, helping you make your team more efficient than before.

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Rating: 4 of 5

28.Jan.2011 at 22:01 by Thijs Damen (2 comments)

Interesting talk about software management tools. The most important thing of the talk for me was that you do not have to implement these kinda software's, even google docs can work if that is the best solution for you and your team, covered a lot of aspects and not just hightlighted programs, showed us subversion, some tools etc. etc.

The only thing I disliked is that the author seemed to be biased a lot towards GIT.

Rating: 4 of 5

28.Jan.2011 at 23:02 by Jacob Christiansen (59 comments)

Great talk. A bit more management oriented than I expected. Otherwise great.

Rating: 4 of 5

29.Jan.2011 at 08:36 by Dries Vints (56 comments)

It was a good talk although not what I was expecting. I thought to learn more about version control but that subject was pretty brief. That being said, he gave a nice overview and tips on what you could do to improve your workflow and increase your efficiency as a developer by using different techniques and software.

Rating: 3 of 5

29.Jan.2011 at 09:21 by Tom Van Herreweghe (72 comments)

Good overview of available tools for managing different aspects of a project. I had hoped for a more practical approach though.

Rating: 4 of 5

29.Jan.2011 at 11:33 by Jerry Verhoef (9 comments)

Nice talk, but I was missing a real-world example as a guideline

Rating: 4 of 5

29.Jan.2011 at 14:56 by Markus Birth (12 comments)

Great overview of available tools for different aspects of project realisation.

Rating: 3 of 5

30.Jan.2011 at 09:19 by Tom (13 comments)

I agree with Miljar and LuCarD.
Although it was a great sum up from all the tools. As a manager I was more interested in the pro's and con's of every tool and personal experience from John with some of the tools.
Good presentation though.

Rating: 3 of 5

30.Jan.2011 at 11:20 by Maarten Tibau (23 comments)

The talk in general was good, but as already said in the comments I rather would have seen some pro's and con's between some tool.

Now I know that this might be a bit tricky because as said in the talk, there isn't really a "good" or "bad, you just need to look at your project / team and see what works the best for that situation or project.

Anyhow, I learned some new things and overall the talk was good. Well done!

Rating: 2 of 5

30.Jan.2011 at 23:34 by Chris Ramakers (36 comments)

I had high expectations for this talk but I felt rather ripped off when I left the room. Not that the talk was bad, not at all. John is a fluent presenter and really can get his message across in an understandable way. It's just that I had expected to leave the room with a buck-load of idea's on what tools to use to manage our team of developers and projects but I left empty handed.

Overall I would say it was a little too generic. Room for improvement.

Rating: 4 of 5

31.Jan.2011 at 14:56 by Patrick van Kouteren (110 comments)

I found the manager perspective actually a nice approach. It's interesting to see what managers are expecting and to compare this to your own expectations. Some tradeoffs between tools would surely have been a nice addition.

Rating: 3 of 5

31.Jan.2011 at 20:02 by Tom Van Looy (67 comments)

I expected it to be a bit more technical. But valuable listing of tools! Especially the testing related part.

Rating: 4 of 5

01.Feb.2011 at 22:25 by Ryan Mauger (39 comments)

Great presentation and content, good to see it being approached in the manner it was, should help developers talk to their managers about the tools they need, and give them the things they need to tell them to get the right anwsers

Rating: 3 of 5

02.Feb.2011 at 09:55 by Verdeyen Boris (2 comments)

Nice overview of existing management tools, maybe too much an overview, I would have liked to get some more in-depth view.
But it pushed me to search more by myself over these tools.
Loved the idea that the tool has to really be adopted by the developers or it will not be of any utility.

Speaker comment:

04.Feb.2011 at 16:05 by John Mertic (10 comments)

Rating my own talk is soo evil, so instead I'd like thank everyone for your feedback on the talk. The topic itself is a pretty broad one, and tough to give every tool it's just service without detracting from the overall message of matching tools and teams together. If I have the opportunity to do the talk again, I'll definitely put a bit more of a focus on the differentiating between the tools themselves.

That said, I'm glad so many of you were able to take something from the talk, even if it just spurned you to do more research on upgrading your toolset to enable greater productivity in your team.

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