A “brilliant” idea (?)

For a few days now, I’ve been carrying an idea around for a new app I could really use for my projects: something that integrates requirements management, risk management, workflow, billing, bug/issue tracking, action items, etc. with the code repositories. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Yes, it would, but it would also be a hell of a lot of work to write one of those things, let alone maintain one and as I am not in the business of selling and maintaining that kind of software and/or service (after all, I do mostly embedded or distributed work – anything high performance and small footprint, really), it might not be such a brilliant idea for me to do after all. Even as a side project – as if I really had time for more side projects!

So, I went through the fastest project start-up-to-stage-gate-to-finish yet – took me all of twenty minutes. I baptized the project “hippocampus”, wrote down a project vision, started looking for existing solutions that correspond to that vision (more or less: in this kind of exploratory work you don’t look for exact matches) and decided that the project was a no-go.

If you think it’s a brilliant idea anyway, to write an integrated tool for requirements management, risk management, bug/issue tracking and work tracking that can integrate with an SCM and integrate well with a distributed development environment, I have a few notes you might be interested in. Contact me at rlc (at) vlinder (dot) ca and we’ll discuss it – or leave a comment here.

About rlc

Software Analyst in embedded systems and C++, C and VHDL developer, I specialize in security, communications protocols and time synchronization, and am interested in concurrency, generic meta-programming and functional programming and their practical applications. I take a pragmatic approach to project management, focusing on the management of risk and scope. I have over two decades of experience as a software professional and a background in science.
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2 Responses to A “brilliant” idea (?)

  1. “something that integrates requirements management, risk management, workflow, billing, bug/issue tracking, action items, etc. with the code repositories…” – It is called: “Visual Studio Team Foundation Server”

    • rlc says:

      To use TFS with all those features integrated, one has to have a lot of $$$ and one has to work in the VS environment with the MS tools. Aside from the plethora of problems such an environment like that causes (and I do speak from experience) the sheer costs of the environment are daunting.

      Though I didn’t have TFS in mind when I wrote the post you commented on, Hippocampus (the project I wrote about) would be able to help replace it.

      For reference, the post you replied to is here. I’ll move these two comments when I have a chance. Please leave put comments where they belong (with the post/page you’re commenting).

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