We are very happy to announce that a project team from the Department of Information Processing Science in the University of Oulu, Finland, has started a usability project of open source software with todoyu. Tuomo Ruottinen is leading a Team consisting of 4 Master students that are currently studying usability testing. There's also a fifth Member available for testing efforts:
Tuomo Ruottinen, Oulu Team Leader
Deepak K.C., Oulu Team-Member
Hana Kebede, Oulu Team-Member
Matthew I. Barth, Oulu Team-Member
Siqi Fu, Oulu Team-Member
The Timing of this project for snowflake and todoyu is just perfect. We just launched a very powerful new version of todoyu, the 2.3 version. With this version some new powerful extensions such as Ressource Management or Mail-to-Project already have been released and others are up to come very soon. The planning for the next Release is already in progress and since UI and Usability will be the main topics of 2.4, the Oulu Usability Project fits perfect into this planning.
The Project Team will have the goal to contribute to the development of todoyu through usability activities and implementation that improve the usability of the software. The project team has previous experience in todoyu, expertise in usability heuristics, testing and evaluation, needed programming skills and also a usability testing lab available to do the testing in.
The project is currently in a testing and analyzing phase also the heuristic evaluation is ongoing and gives recommendations for improvements and UI (re)design suggestions.
The deadline of the project is 15th of May, it will have have a lasting impact to the todoyu community in the sense of raising interest in usability and spread knowledge and experience for the future development of the software.
Stay tuned on this channel for more infos soon!
Every week we get about a dozen of feature requests. Some of them are new, but most of them are already listed on uservoice.
Sending us feature requests is great and we appreciate that really very much. This way we know what your needs are and we get a vital signal from the community. Thanks a lot ! But just sending us a wish does not program it or bring todoyu really further.
Let me explain how we work so you might be able to help us to boost todoyu even more
Generally we start working on a new complex feature as soon as we have found some sponsors, or if a client of us pays the individual development. The earnings we have from the professional extensions we sell, which you can find in the todoyu extension repository, help us to maintain existing modules, maintain the core and to keep the server infrastructure up and running. But it doesn't pay new complex features erverybody wants. Although our developers are super smart and highly productive it takes them a few hundred programming hours for a powerful feature like the resource management - not included the conceptual work and documentation.
The number of feature requests for powerful new functionalities is pretty high, but we have to concentrate on the most essentials or urgent. And since we also have to pay salaries we have to focus on paid work too.
And now that's where you come in
You can prioritize the development of todoyu significantly by sponsoring modules. Don't understand me wrong. Nobody expects you to pay the full amount of programming hours on your own (although you're welcome to do so). But every coin helps the project and enables us to program new and cool features. Your donation or sponsorship can speed up the development of todoyu. So if you really want your feature implemented in the near future: Sponsoring helps - thank you!
Let me explain you the features more in detail.
The configuration of this module is kept as simple as possible (see also the screenshot):
I'm not going to explain every little detail since the manual already contains all the necessary information. I'm just going to show you a few highlights to give you an idea how the resource management works and looks like...
In the resource view, you'll find the settings part on the left and three different resource views: staff, my resources, projects (in the screenshots the projects view is not shown).
First we have a closer look at the settings:
Now let me show you the actual resource management view. We start with the stuff view:
Since the my resources tab is pretty self-explanatory I continue with the project view:
And just to make sure that you are aware of this, since it might be too obvious to realize: The whole resource management is in real time. This means tracked hours are directly reflected in the calculations!
As you can imagine this really brings a whole new dimension in the project planning with todoyu.
As mentioned in the introduction the whole resource management it tightly connected with the calendar module.
In the newest calendar module (version 1.3.0) we clearly distinguish between resource management relevant and not relevant event types. Resource relevant events are holidays, vacations, compensation and general absences – all kind of events you are usually not available in the office. So during this time you're not working – at least you shouldn't ;-). So we subtract the duration of these events from your total available time.
Let me explain that by a little example: I officially work 8.2 hours per day. But tomorrow morning I have to go to the doctor for about an hour. So I add an event and choose the type "Absence" with duration 1 hour. Since this absence is during our core time my potential available working hours are reduced by one hour to 7.2 hours. This way the todoyu resource management is as close to reality as ever possible.
Isn't that really cool?
Check out the demo to find out if the resource management by todoyu is fitting your needs too.
The resource management module is only compatible with version 2.3 which will be available on 29.03.2013. For this reason the module is not yet available in the todoyu extension repository. For the early birds among you: If you have checked out the latest version (2.3 Beta) and if you are interested in this module, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update (05.04.13): we are currently finishing the documentation and hope to have it ready in 1-2 weeks. Thanks for your patience.
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