What Is a Wiki (and How to Use One for Your Projects) (28 tags)
Wikis are becoming known as the tool of choice for large, multiple-participant projects because jumping in and revising the pages of a wiki is so easy for anyone to do. This article covers how to effectively use a wiki to keep notes and share ideas among a group of people, and how to organize that wiki to avoid lost thoughts, and encourage serendipity. Matt Webb and Tom Stafford co-authored this article using a wiki, as they did their book, Mind Hacks.
The Builders of Basecamp (7 tags)
Marc Hedlund spoke with Jason Fried, president of 37signals (the company that makes Basecamp and Ta-da Lists), about its history and products, and about Ruby on Rails, the open source web application framework spun out of Basecamp's development. Check out Jason's presentation, Lessons Learned While Building Basecamp, at O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference later this month.
Why Do Projects Fail? (3 tags)
In this excerpt from "How to Keep Your Boss from Sinking Your Project" (PDF), authors Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene address the question of why projects fail. This excerpt serves as the introduction to their concepts of effectively managing upward on projects. If you want to know what steps you can take to keep your software project from running aground, check out their PDF.
Got Project Automation? (2 tags)
Each project chore you automate is an investment that pays off immediately and increases in value over time. Mike Clark, author of Pragmatic Project Automation, presents an overview of the benefits that automating your project can bring.
How to Decide What Bugs to Fix When, Part 2 (2 tags)
In part 1 of this two-part essay on making smart bug decisions, Scott Berkun covered triage and making smarter piles. In part 2, Scott covers establishing an exit criteria and early planning, as well as exceptions to all of the rules, frequently asked questions, and some bug-fixing resources. Scott is the author of The Art of Project Management.