PHP Project Management and Bug Tracking with TinyIssue

I've recently returned to freelancing after working for most of the past year at Myplanet, a relatively large web development company that uses Agile techniques to manage teamwork on complex projects. The experience left me impressed with how effective good project management systems and tools can be. Back on my own again, I set off in search of some kind of tool that would let me manage my work. Ideally it would operate both as a bug tracker and as a sprint/scheduling tool, be open source, and written in PHP. My criteria -- and, it turns out, my experiences -- are very much like Sheri Wheeler's, as she recounts in her blog posts: My investigation was largely consistent with her findings. Most of the tools I tried were out of date, buggy and frustrating, too complex, or plain old ugly. Which was a little demoralizing. But along the way I came across TinyIssue, which is a very nicely designed, extremely simple bug tracker. At first I discounted it as a suitable candidate because out of the box it didn't offer me the sprint/scheduling tools I was after. My recent experience using Agile and JIRA demonstrated the effectiveness of kanban-style boards for keeping organized and informed about the state of my work. I didn't need something as heavyweight as most Agile / Scrum / Kanban tools, however. Having failed to find anything better, and because I was impressed with its design and usability, I took a peek under the hood of TinyIssue. I learned that it's built on a PHP framework called Laravel, which -- in true open source fashion -- opened the door for me to learn some new things and to create the tools I wanted. And that's exactly what I did. It turns out Laravel is quite easy to learn, and TinyIssue is very easy to extend. I now run a customized version of TinyIssue (available from my GitHub) that adds a personal kanban board and drag-and-drop issue weighting to its elegant bug tracker functions. Please check it out if you're looking for something that does a couple of things (issue tracking and organizing) simply and well. And of course you can always take it in new and interesting directions yourself. Pull requests are welcome.

Comments

Alex

Hey Steve, thanks for this article!

I was looking for someting exactly like what you did.

I was just wondering, how do you add task or todos to the sprint board ? Even if i've got multiple opened issues, i can't seem to add them to the sprint board.
(i've downloaded the Steve-working-version on Git)

Thanks for your help !

Alex

steve

Thanks! You should be able to add issues to the sprint board from the "Your Issues" page. Each has a +/- icon to the far right that adds/removes it to the TODOS.

steve

And apparently I'm not getting notified about comments here, so sorry about the very late reply! Will set up some notifications.

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