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Estimation, Feature and tasks

Hello

I have given the Fogbugz trial a spin, and is in the decision process of whether to buy or develop our own project management software.

I wholeheartedly agree with the points from http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2007/10/26.html about breaking larger tasks into smaller tasks for estimation accuracy, but what i'd like is the possibility to have an extra level of level of control like for instance:

Project -> Release -> Feature -> Task

It seems to me, that at the moment there are only 3 - Project, Release and task, making it rather hard to use for bigger teams - I mean, if I want all my programmers to see all the programming tasks in the system, I'd like them to know which feature in the system related to which.

Basecamp, which is way too simple for our needs, supports this through "Todo-lists" where a task is basically entered on a Todo-list - but apart from this rather serious little problem, Fogbugz is absolutely perfect..

Am I missing something?
Nicolai Brodersen Hansen Send private email
Thursday, December 6, 2007
 
 
Currently, FogBugz does not have a way to add more hierarchy to cases.  One possible workaround is to have a "master" case that lists the feature, and then link (http://www.fogcreek.com/FogBugz/docs/60/topics/basics/LinkingCases.html) all other cases to that feature.  You can then later search for the cases that are part of the feature by doing a search for relatedto:[master case number]

You can also split things up functionally by having different project areas that can be used to group similar cases together.
Eric Nehrlich Send private email
Thursday, December 6, 2007
 
 
You might consider using one of the 'extra' fields for this.  Note that these are free-form fields with no validation of what is entered or any list of values available.  But you can include these in your filter criteria.  For now you would need to use an external 'cheat sheet' for the list of features.

'First class' user-defined fields (i.e. domain support, drop-down validation lists, multiple datatypes (number, text and date) and integration with the search filters would be a real plus in the next release of the FogBugz product.
Dave Peterson Send private email
Friday, December 7, 2007
 
 

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