[rspec-users] Cucumber Feature Scenario critique
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Tue Feb 24 10:11:31 EST 2009
Stephen Eley wrote:
> Thanks, James. But at the moment I have no need for that level of
> overhead. Gantt charts are an anti-feature for me. I'm effective
> enough with my index cards and thumbtacks. >8->
I am sorry that I did not make myself clearer. Redmine is far more than
a project management tool. It is in fact a rather sophisticated, if
limited, content management tool that supports PostgreSQL as its back
end. I was suggesting it as a potential candidate for your proposed
service to your end users.
Redmine handles multiple projects and and allows multiple project
specific roles for an individual (for example, a single user may be
manager of one whilst only a member of another). You wrote of having
contributors post material and then maintain it. Well, a contributor
could be given their own "project". This at a stroke, provides them
with a project wiki, public and private user forums, a file repository
and a notice board. There is no need to have or to use issue tickets,
work flows, milestones or gantt charts at all. On the other hand, some
collaborative efforts, or even a major monograph, just might find such
tools very useful indeed.
Redmine ties into git very, very well. The combination of the two could
provide a very thorough solution to the issue of revision control of
journal articles and books.
Redmine supports self registration. Once a contributor is set up with a
project then the overhead of user administration can be, in large
measure, left to the individual contributor to manage. A contributor,
as a project "manager", can grant specific capabilities to individual
collaborators. A contributor can even set up sub-projects beneath their
main one. This can be all accomplished without having to burden the
host organization with very much administrative detail.
Redmine's presentation is css based so that producing a customized skin
should be well within the capability and budget of even a very small
outfit. With judicious configuration of Apache each project can be
reached by a distinct URL like project1.institute.org.
Given what you have revealed about your desire I think that it would be
worth your time to look at Redmine in this light.
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