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Tools for enterprise project /application management

 
Vin Kumar
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Hi,
I'm a java programmer and intersted in knowing how projects are managed in a typical enterprise.

Can any J2EE developer/project manager tell me about how (J2EE?) projects and/or applications are managed in a enterprise team enviornment?

Especially tracking an individual's activities and contributions!
Is IBM's Rational Developer such software? What are similar products?

I'd really apprciate any help/suggestion in this reagard.

Thanks again.

Vin
 
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Vin,
Welcome to JavaRanch!

Part of project management is technology independent. For example, you have to manage requirements, time, ....

A few important things for a tool perspective:
1) Source/version control - CVS (integrated in WSAD/RAD), Subversion, Clearcase, etc. Note that this can track individual contributions on a source code level. Not sure if I see the value in that though.
2) Task tracking - spreadsheet, MS PRoject, tracking tool, index cards, etc

The only thing I can think of that is different on a J2EE project is defining roles. For example, you should be aware of the J2EE roles (developer, assember, deployer, etc) even if one person does them all.
 
Ilja Preuss
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Originally posted by Vin Kumar:
Especially tracking an individual's activities and contributions!


Software development is a team effort, so it's much more important to track the team's activities and progress. It's also much more important to have that data in everyone's head than in some database, so a big chart on the wall can be much more effective than a software tool. (You will still need some numbers for accounting. Often a simple spreadsheet is fully sufficient for that.)

Actually tracking individuals can easily damage the team.

I higly recommend reading the book "Peopleware".
 
Vin Kumar
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Hi Jeanne and Ilja,
Thanks for your insight and suggestions. I really appreciate that.

I was just curious and wanted to evaluate one for future project, if I can!

Thanks again.

Vin.
 
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