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Dirk Schreckmann
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Anybody have a recommendation for any tools to help organize and display XP project status information, perhaps geared towards dispersed development teams?

To clarify the question a bit, I've some non-technical, remote business folks to keep up to date on what's done, what's left, how fast we're going, and some other things.

I'm not really sure if something other than a couple of simple hand-edited web pages and an Excel chart or two would be simpler or better to use in any way. So, I'm posting for ideas.


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Ilja Preuss
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I would probably try something like putting some Big Visible Charts in the team room, like a Burndown Chart, and make them available via webcam.


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Lasse Koskela
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Originally posted by Ilja Preuss:
I would probably try something like putting some Big Visible Charts in the team room, like a Burndown Chart, and make them available via webcam.
Eh. I would prefer someone to take a snapshot with a digital camera and upload the images to a known website. Business types are probably not too keen on webcams...


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Ilja Preuss
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Originally posted by Lasse Koskela:
Eh. I would prefer someone to take a snapshot with a digital camera and upload the images to a known website.


The advantage of a webcam is that everybody has the same information. I would expect it to foster a sense of trust and togetherness.

Business types are probably not too keen on webcams...


Why?
Lasse Koskela
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Originally posted by Ilja Preuss:
Why?

Well, if you have the option of having a full-screen 1024x768 digital photograph and a 320x200 fuzzy video stream, which one of you would more likely satisfy someone who wants to actually read what's on the wall?

I suspect one could get a webcam that actually produces sharp, large images but I've never seen one so I'm rather skeptic about it.
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Originally posted by Lasse Koskela:
I suspect one could get a webcam that actually produces sharp, large images but I've never seen one so I'm rather skeptic about it.


The "Creative WebCam NX Pro", for example, is said to produce 1024 x 768 freeze images (we don't need a real video stream, after all). A nice example of a high resolution webcam is http://www.campaniameteo.it/webcampositano/pos001.jpg (don't know what hardware they are using, though).

Also, on a burn down chart there is not that much to read - the important information is the tendency of the graph. I would also expect it to work for a board of the current iterations user stories - all we needed to be able to read are the story names and their state (not started, in work and done). For something more detailed, we might actually need something more elaborate, though.

I don't know wether it would work. But it's what I wanted to try first, because it's simple, fosters feedback and as direct communication as I could imagine in such a situation.
Fintan Conway
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Originally posted by Dirk Schreckmann:
Anybody have a recommendation for any tools to help organize and display XP project status information, perhaps geared towards dispersed development teams?


Try XPlanner
 
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