Painless Project Management with FogBugz

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Apress, Oct 20, 2007 - Computers - 227 pages

Project management is the bane of the team approach to programming. Many programs out there purport to help a development team manage a project; the only trouble is, most of them aren’t very good. World-renowned software guru Joel Spolsky’s company, Fog Creek Software, has created a tool called FogBugz that incorporates all of Joel’s insight into what works and what doesn’t work in project management. FogBugz is based on keeping track of a database of cases. At any given time, every case is assigned to one person who must resolve it or forward it to someone else. Cases can be prioritized, documented, sorted, discussed, edited, assigned, estimated, searched, and tracked. Because FogBugz is web-based, everyone on the team always sees the whole picture. Everything from customer feature requests to high-level design discussions to tiny bug fix details is instantly searchable and trackable.

Painless Project Management with FogBugz, Second Edition, written with the guidance of the whole FogBugz team, completely describes the ins and outs of version 6 of FogBugz.

 

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Contents

Case Reports
119
Estimation History Report
120
Managing EMail and RSS Notifications
122
Resolving Cases
125
Duplicate
126
Not Reproducible
127
Implemented
128
Waiting For Info
129

Keeping It Simple
22
Summary
23
Managing Cases
24
Features
25
Where Do Cases Come From?
26
Entering Cases via Speedy Entry
27
Entering Cases via EMail
28
Entering Cases via Discussion Group
29
Entering Cases via ScoutSubmit
31
Importing Cases
33
The Parts of a Case
34
Title
35
Project and Area
36
Fix For
37
Status
38
Estimate
39
Notes
40
Taking Screenshots
42
Attaching Files
46
Filtering Cases
48
Modifying Filters
50
SavingManaging and Sharing Filters
53
Working with Filtered Cases
55
Using List and Grid Views
57
Working with Favorites
59
Being a Good FogBugz Citizen
60
Summary
61
Making FogBugz Work for You
63
Special Types of Users
67
Setting Up Projects Areas and Releases
68
Creating and Editing Areas
72
Creating and Editing Releases
73
Setting Up Clients and Departments
77
Setting Up Permissions
80
Isolating Clients with Permissions
81
Isolating Departments with Permissions
82
Setting Up Priorities
84
Setting Up Versions and Computers
87
Customizing Your Working Schedule
88
Applying Bulk Actions to Cases
89
Summary
94
Getting the Big Picture
96
The Place of EBS in the Universe
98
Using EBS
99
Creating Releases
100
Entering Schedule Items
101
Setting Priorities
102
Entering Schedules
104
Tracking Time
105
Estimating and Time Tracking in Action
106
Using Estimates to Manage Workload
109
The Art of Estimating
111
Tracking Time
112
Using Due Dates
114
FogBugz Reports
116
Summary
133
Communicating and Collaborating
135
Customizing Wiki Templates
137
Creating Your First Wiki Page
140
Editing Wiki Pages
141
Using Page History
142
Linking Pages
143
Why Use a Wiki?
144
Managing Internal EMail
145
Managing Customer EMail
148
Using Discussion Groups
163
Setting Up Discussion Groups
164
Customizing Discussion Group Appearance
167
Starting a New Topic
168
Replying to a Topic
170
Managing Discussion Groups
171
Moderating Effectively
173
Understanding FogBugz Discussion Groups
174
Summary
176
Integrating with FogBugz
177
Using Integration for Code Reviews
178
Choosing a Source Code Control System
179
Setting Up CVS Integration
180
Setting Up Perforce Integration
183
Setting Up Subversion Integration
184
Setting Up Vault Integration
185
Setting Up Visual SourceSafe Integration
186
Getting from Cases to Code and Vice Versa
187
Using the REST API
188
Understanding the API
189
General Rules for API Requests
190
Logging Off
191
Listing Cases
192
Using the Eclipse PlugIn
193
Using BugzScout from Visual Basic
194
Using BugzScout from C
196
Choosing What to Report
197
Working with the FogBugz Database
199
The FogBugz Naming Conventions
200
Relationship Diagrams
202
Creating an Access Report
205
Creating a Chart in Excel
207
Summary
208
Setting Up FogBugz
210
Running Setup on Windows
211
Installing on Unix
212
Setting Up FogBugz on Unix
214
Installing on Macintosh
216
Setting Up FogBugz on a Macintosh Server
217
Customizing FogBugz
218
User Options
220
Adding Licenses
221
Index
222
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About the author (2007)

Mike Gunderloy is a software consultant, writer, and trainer. He has written more than 30 books, including bestseller Coder to Developer: Tools and Strategies for Delivering Your Software.

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