Friday January 24, 2003
Project Tracking Tools Suck
The project tracking tools I'm familiar with require that you keep a side tally of progress if you want any sort of useful historical graph. Each time you update the project plan, you take a separate set of notes, type them into a spreadsheet, then make a graph.
Screw that. I'm going to automate it. Unless it's easy to see the trend of progress against estimates (and the history of estimate changes as more is known about the problem), it's too difficult to learn to estimate better.
My last big project took a major hit because of lousy estimates.