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How to Account for "To-Do" Cases?

I've heard Joel talk about how he uses FB to simply keep track of his entire To-Do list, and I'd like to do that so that the EBS schedule estimates are more accurate.

So, when I create a new case, such as, "Go to Office Depot and buy a new printer" (which will take 1 hour) I have to assign that to a Project.  Obviously, it doesn't belong to any Project per se that we're working on.  However, and very importantly, I would like that 1 hour of time to be accounted for in the EBS.

How do you think you set this up?  If I just create a project called "Random Tasks" will that do the trick?
Thursday, December 20, 2007
That won't quite work, as cases have to share the same release for them to be counted in EBS together.  Right now, EBS only works on cases in the same project release, but with FogBugz 6 for Unix, it will also work for cases in the same global release.

The workaround I can think of is to have an Area in each project that is labelled "Miscellaneous", and put tasks such as going to Office Depot in that Area and associate it with the appropriate release.

If you weren't as concerned with tracking the time, you could also just adjust the "% time spent in FogBugz" parameter on your Working Schedule page.
Eric Nehrlich Send private email
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Alternatively, you can create a schedule item for miscellaneous tasks, estimate how long that will take, and then charge time against that.
David Fullerton Send private email
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Based on the statement that cases have to share the same release to be counted in EBS together, would this solution work:

1.  Create a "Random Tasks" Project, add random tasks like these too it, and assign to a release.

2.  Always use global releases.

This presumes that cases have to share the same release, but not the same project.

Thursday, December 20, 2007
"2.  Always use global releases."

Yes, but not until the next version of FogBugz comes out in the next couple of weeks where EBS supports global releases (right now, it has to be a per project release)
Michael H. Pryor Send private email
Thursday, December 20, 2007

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