If someone would have asked me the most frequent question I get since I worked here at Twproject, I would answer without hesitation “Does Twproject use Twproject?” This is the most asked question by our customers and then of course “How do we use it?”
If I was a good marketer I should probably say:
“Yes, of course we use it, we have created a fantastic project management tool and we could not be able to find anything better out there!”
But you know that I am always honest with you so my real answer is:
“Yes, of course we use it, the most important rule in developing software is to eat your own dog food, if possible, and we are doing it every day”
Since the very beginning of Twproject development, we have used it internally to simply find the best answers to every day works problem and questions.
Twproject has born and developed to answers our own needs and at the same time the needs of thousands of company like ours.
Using it internally has helped us finding the most interesting ideas and of course tons of bugs 🙂
Now that Twproject is a well grown software we can actually say that use it internally also for managing our projects and here it comes the second most asked question “How do we use it?”
Here at Twproject we have several great people working in the design department, in the accounting one, we have the development team and the marketing one from which I belong.
Each of us use Twproject in a different way, and the great thing is that it works perfectly for all of us.
I have already written how to use Twproject for managing marketing strategies and this is mainly how I use it everyday so I though it could be interesting to find how one of our development guys use it, so I asked Roberto, our Twproject Lead architect.
Roberto manages the Twproject project with Twproject…. it’s our own tongue-twister 🙂
Roberto manages releases creating one task for each one of them, right now his working on Twproject 6.1, wow, I really said that? Twproject 6.1 is about to be released with some great new features so stay tuned!
“At the very beginning managing all features requests, bugs and ideas was really difficult, we were covered by ideas from our customers and from our self, moreover we had a lot of bugs to solve and excited customers that asked us a lot of customization”
“Now managing Twproject road map is very easy, following a software product development is very easy with Twproject”
And here are his everyday Twproject tricks:
Collect all ideas, features and bugs in your current release
Use all Twproject classifications to insert your ideas, bugs and features in your current release, use Twproject issues for this kind of things. You can classify issues by tag or type and prioritize them with gravity to define an order of importance. Classifications can be refined during meeting with your team.
Give to the most important things a due date and let Twproject remind you of them
If you have things to do that you want not to forget about, just add a due date, in your Twproject home page you will always see all things requiring your attention.
Subscribe to all important events and cut out meetings
Twproject will notify you of all updates you have been subscribed, finally you will know exactly what your team is up to and you will reduce a lot of time spent in meetings.
Move forward to the next release
When you have closed some interesting features, bugs and you are ready to go out with your release, clone your task and bring to the new one all the open issues you have not closed yet. In Twproject every task can be a template for others! In this way all ideas and open bugs will follow you and you will never lose any of them again.
Record your time closing issues
Developers generally close a lot of issues in one day and every time you will do that Twproject will ask you “how much time did it takes?”, no better moment to record your worklog, no additional effort at the end of your day.
I really hope that this post will be helpful to all of those searching for a project management tool for managing software products.
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