Getting into the agile mindset

Posted on July 31st, 2007 in Agile, Catalyst, Tool by siddharta || No Comment

I’ve said before that more than practices or techniques, agile is often about a mindset. It is about understanding the values and principles behind the practices that really enable you to be ‘agile’.

I often discuss Silver Catalyst with managers who are interested in an agile tool, and often there are some feature requests. Some feature requests are holes in the functionality of the tool and these are carefully noted down and scheduled for a future release. Some features, however, stem from bringing in a traditional mindset to an agile project.

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Scoble on Django

Posted on July 9th, 2007 in Catalyst, django, python by siddharta || 2 Comments

Scoble calls Django the hot new development framework. Not sure about the new part. It’s been around for a few years. But definitely hot. When I first started working on Silver Catalyst, I wondered whether it was the right decision to build it in Python and Django. It doesn’t trouble me anymore.

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Silver Catalyst v1.2 Released

Posted on July 3rd, 2007 in Catalyst, Tool by siddharta || No Comment

If you visited the Silver Catalyst download page in the last day you would have noticed that a new version of Silver Catalyst is now available. Silver Catalyst v1.2 has been released. As posted earlier, this version introduces wiki integration (Not sure what a wiki is? Click here). What this means is that if you have an existing wiki, you can integrate Silver Catalyst with it. If you don’t use a wiki already, choose from one of the various wikis available and set it up. See here and here for a list of available wiki software and a comparison between them.

Why integrate with a wiki? Many agile teams use a wiki to manage information and documentation about the project. It is common practice to create a wiki page for each feature and put any documentation about the project, acceptance test cases and other files relating to that feature on that wiki page. Apart from that, you would also put project documentation, design documentation, screenshots, diagrams on the wiki. A wiki is an easily editable, lightweight information management system that is popular with agile teams.

That’s why it is important that the project management tool integrates with a wiki. By clicking a task, you should be able to go straight to the wiki page for that task and view the requirements, tests and other documentation. That is exactly what this new version of Silver Catalyst allows you to do.

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Coming up: Wiki integration

Posted on July 1st, 2007 in Catalyst, Tool by siddharta || 1 Comment

Silver Catalyst v1.2 is coming up. This version brings an all new feature — wiki integration. If you have an existing wiki installed (many agile teams do), then you can automatically link up each feature in Silver Catalyst with its own page on the wiki.

Unlike other project management tools, I’ve decided to integrate with an existing external wiki rather than provide an inbuilt wiki. Why? Here are some reasons

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Silver Catalyst v1.1 Released

Posted on June 13th, 2007 in Catalyst, Tool by siddharta || No Comment

Some good news. A new version of Silver Catalyst has been released. It’s been exactly a month since the first version was released. As mentioned in my previous post, the new version allows you to enter data in multiple scripts (of course, you need to have the relevant fonts installed on your system).

Here is an example screenshot

Silver Catalyst with Unicode

You can download the new version from the download page. Follow the upgrade instructions on that page to upgrade your version of Silver Catalyst.

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