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Tools/Mechanisms for tracking the usecases, planning, requirements

Mag Wells
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Hi,
We are a small team of 4. We are bit stuck figuring out mechanisms and tools to collaborate and keep track of usecases, planning, requirements documentation, ER diagrams etc. What tools are in use for that ? We are located at different geographical locations.


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David Newton
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Wiki? Google Docs and/or Wave?
Mag Wells
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google docs and wave is not appropriate. Yeah wiki seems nicer. But then how do we update say for example schema/er diagrams ? If we use wiki we might have to upload it for every update ? How is this done generally in industry ?

What we want is basically that everyone can edit/view schemas, requirement docs, diagrams, any other such things. For code, it would be svn obviously.
David Newton
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Mag Wells wrote:google docs and wave is not appropriate.

That makes no sense without context: of course they're appropriate; people use them for collaborative document editing all the time. They might not be appropriate for *you*, but without any reasons given, I sure don't know why not.
If we use wiki we might have to upload it for every update?

Upload how? I'm talking about a wiki with in-line editing, not just something used as a document repository--for that anything would work.

I'm also a big fan of whiteboarding apps where people can edit live in real-time, and things like EtherPad.
luri ron
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In my past experience, sharepoint is used to share documentation.
Peter Johnson
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SharePoint is the bane of our existence - everything is in there yet you cannot find anything when you need it - search usually turns up everything except what you are looking for. And the humongous URLs are a pain in the @$$. But then we are using an older version.


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Balaji Loganathan
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Mag Wells wrote:google docs and wave is not appropriate.


You may have to check this link http://www.scrumology.net/2010/06/21/how-to-create-a-virtual-story-wall-in-google-docs/


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Balaji Loganathan
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Mag Wells wrote:Hi,
We are located at different geographical locations.
-Mac


I would recommend http://www.pivotaltracker.com then.
We have used it and found it really cool.
If you can afford some $ then I also found http://toolsforagile.com/silvercatalyst/ useful for distributed team.
R Ray
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Working in an Agile environment with the high-dollar tools........You make an excellent suggestion for small teams. The savings are enormous without giving up process.

philippe-daniel brin
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For planing/management... you may want to take a look at Version One (Version one)

You can first try Version One TEAM (free)... or pay to have it hosted ++features using Enterprise or Utlimate
 
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