Assembla on Premature Integration or: How we learned to stop worrying and ship software every day

An excellent article from Michael Chletsos and Titas Norkunas at Assembla, which reminded me how important it is to keep anything which might fail or need rework off the master branch. It’s a truism about software development that you never know where the bugs will be until you find them. This can be a real …

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Assembla now offers free private svn and git repos

Just when I thought private project hosting choices had settled down in favour of Unfuddle, along comes a potentially game-changing announcement from Assembla. My big problem with Assembla has been that they equated one project (“space”) with one source repository, and charged extra for extra spaces. Each extra space gives extra issue tracking, documentation storage …

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Andy Singleton on Managing Distributed Agile Projects

I have just listened to an excellent podcast interview with Andy Singleton from Assembla in which the discussion ranges around his extreme views on how to run highly productive distributed software teams. Top tips include “don’t interview when hiring”, “don’t estimate work”, “don’t do conference calls”, etc… Contentious, but very well explained and justified. This …

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Some decent looking project hosting candidates at last

As you may recall from a previous post, I am looking for some decent project hosting both for my open source software and for some business ideas. I want a single point of contact which offers as a minimum: version control, wiki, bug/ticket tracking, calendar and tasks/todo. Nice to haves include time-tracking, collaborative planning and …

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