My software baby gets some attention

Yesterday I added a public demo site for Taskjitsu. If you have been wondering what the heck I’ve been talking about, you can play with the demo.

Today I listed Taskjitsu on The result was a 10x boost to the usual daily page views on our public web site, and a flurry of activity on the demo site as people tried it out.

This extra attention has helped us identify and fix the issues that need to be fixed for the next release.. I’m very happy with the results of our announcement!


10 thoughts on “My software baby gets some attention”

  1. Are you reading my mind? πŸ™‚

    I’ve been using a program called Merlin to do my project management, but it is short one VERY needed feature, which is the ability to keep track of billable time (I was getting ready to build a whole database interface for time and billing).

    It may take a while for me to get around to giving it a whirl, but this is EXACTLY what I needed, and runs on Apache! Beautiful! I will keep you in the loop on anything “interesting” I find with it. πŸ™‚

  2. i didn’t know about this. we just switched to a time tracking software (although i was unaware until it was rolled out that the task was in the pipeline). the owner out of the new york office took care of this.

    i’ll check it out.

  3. What are your impressions of Merlin’s strengths? It looks like it does many of the same things as Microsoft Project does.

    So far, I haven’t found traditional Gantt-and-Pert-chart project management software to be helpful beyond the high-level, initial planning stages of software projects. They tend to work better for industries where the amount of time it takes to do something is well-known and fixed, and putting two people on a job gets it done in half the time. That’s just not the case with software.

    I’m biased, of course, but I’d advise that you not build a time and billing system from scratch πŸ™‚

    Taskjitsu has some very flexible time-and-billing features:

    * You can set a master hourly rate and cost for each worker
    * Each project can have its own set of hourly rates for workers that override the global rates
    * If you have entered what each worker’s time costs, you can have Taskjitsu produce cost and profitability estimates in its billing reports
    * You can produce billing reports broken down by many different time periods, focusing on one or all customers.
    * The billing reports show both the total amounts per customer, and the detailed hours and amounts by worker and project.
    * If you choose to give your customers access to the system, they can track the progress of your tasks and see the hours logged per worker for each task.

  4. I got Merlin because a class I was in required MS Project, but they don’t make Project for the Mac, and I really wanted to prove to the teacher that man does not live on MS alone. (I also stubbornly refused to use MS Access for the project also).

    Anyhow… what I do like about Merlin (and I’m saying this with just s cursory examination of Taskjitsu) is it’s pretty interface, it’s similarity to MS Project, and it’s integration with Mail, AddressBook and iCal (Mac iApps). It also has a nice web export, that interestingly doesn’t export the Gantt chart, but rather a to-do list for the project (but has no interactive elements).

    What I do NOT like is the same thing you pointed out: it’s too high level for what I’m doing. It’s something pretty to show the clients, but when it comes down to really considering the tasks that need to be accomplished to complete a project it’s just too difficult to set up. Also there is some budget tracking, and some billing tracking, but it’s not time & billing, which is what I desperately need.

    So, we’re going to give taskjitsu a whirl (when I get a chance to get it all installed and stuff).

  5. Are you planning on installing it on Mac OS? That’s something we haven’t done before here. I’d be very interested in how that goes. You’ll need PostgreSQL, it’s JDBC driver, Java 1.4+, Apache Tomcat 5.0, and possibly a couple of Java libraries from Sun to install it on a Mac. The directions in the INSTALL.txt file cover installation on any UNIX-like operating system in “5. Installing from binary distribution”.

  6. Thanks! OpenAir has a much larger scope than Taskjitsu has today. It’s also commercial software with hefty license fees and implementation costs, at least according to this survey in CAmagazine. Like OpenAir, Taskjitsu is a Professional Services Automation system.

  7. I’ll keep you in the loop. I may have some issues with the database, since I’m running mySQL both on my machine and the server. The rest I have (Java 5 just came out for the Mac a few weeks ago! Took them long enough).

  8. i bet we’re under a 1 year contract, too. i heard the term SLA utilized. there are three principals in my company. the owner out of new york took this project. then we use JIRA as well. and milestone. and all kindsa things.

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