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Next Step approach for tracking SW development tasks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235872D
Publication Date: 2014-Mar-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

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Abstract

In a SW Development environment, with teams spread across different geographical locations, Next Step approach helps in identifying the bottlenecks and tracking the progress at a minute level. It also helps in analysis of issues causing delay in closure of activities.

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Next Step approach for tracking SW development tasks


In this article, an idea is proposed for tracking mechanism of tasks in SW development cycle by using the "Next Step" and "Next Step Owner" approach

A tool can be developed which helps users to define the various stages of SW development cycle. This tool also will have options to define the stages in the "Next Step" order and assign "Next Step Owner" for the task and the target date for completion of the task. Once the "Next Step Owner" completes the task, he/she can decide who the "Next Step Owner" should be and assign it.

     Eg. Following stages can be defined for a SW development task running through a development cycle -


1. Design understanding document (DUD) to be ready for review
2. DUD to be approved
3. Code to be ready for review in Sand Box
4. Peer review needed
5. Re-worked code (Peer review) to be ready for review
6. Expert Review needed
7. Re-worked code (Expert review) to be ready for review
8. Code to be checked-in
9. Code repository merge view needed
10. Re-worked code (Code repository review) to be ready for review
12. Final review for integration needed
13. Re-worked code (Final review) to be ready for review
14. Run pre-Integration tests to make sure repository/functionality is not broken
15. Debug any failures in pre-Integration test
16. Code to be integrated

     Each of the above stages would possibly have different person(s) as owners to carry out the task. We can start with Step 1 as "Next Step" and assign Mr...