Wednesday, June 29, 2005 

Traveling - Project Management Tools

I've spent a good part of the day traveling, and that means reading and... thinking. I re-read, after a few years, two chapters of a nice book from Gerald Weinberg, one of my favorite authors. He has a unique perspective on software projects management, and looking at his concept of Standard Task Unit got me thinking about using Activity Diagrams (and colors) as a project management tool. It would need some scripting to generate a Gantt, but besides that, STU maps perfectly into activities, including the entry/exit criteria.
More on PM tools, including Slip/Lead charts, project history, real support for [probabilistic] estimates, and maybe just a little Monte Carlo simulations... later :-).
Well, it's late, no time to talk about Edward de Bono and, on a completely unrelated topic, on the Big Question of the day...