In recent projects, I've benefited from collaboration with a programmer who insisted we use a project management tool. We've used both Assembla (http://www.assembla.com/) and Basecamp (http://basecamphq.com/) and have had success with both. Each is freely available up to a certain level of use but thereafter charges a monthly fee (e.g. Basecamp small projects level = 24 USD/month).
Assembla (from my non-programmer perspective) would be the better of the two for code-heavy projects and offers some nice out-of-the-box configuration models (http://www.assembla.com/catalog).
Re: "I know that it's practically impossible to implement a no-email policy and have the whole project communication take place in a dedicated space, but wouldn't it be easier to create documentation for the project along the way, as issues arise and get resolved?"
Using an online workspace saved us a lot of grief where task assignments, documentation, and deadlines were concerned; project users also generally configured their user settings so that we received email updates as tickets were assigned, completed, and as documents were checked in and out, etc. So while I still relied on email, I used it to receive updates/reminders/etc. but generally not as the primary mode of communication.
In both cases, once the project workspace was in place (our programmer set up the project environments), none of the project participants had difficulty, regardless of level of technical expertise, contributing and participating.
Good luck with your project,
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Subject: project management tools for encoding projects
I will be starting a project next year (if the grant money comes in, of course) which will include a TEI encoding component with a number of people from different institutions with different levels of technical expertise, different interests and different expectations in terms of the end-product.
I am wondering if members of the TEI community, who have themselves been involved in digitalization and encoding projects, have ever used online project management tools to orchestrate the whole extravaganza? Any tips or recommendations about the tools I should look at?
I know that it's practically impossible to implement a no-email policy and have the whole project communication take place in a dedicated space, but wouldn't it be easier to create documentation for the project along the way, as issues arise and get resolved?
Ok, I am ranting
but my question still holds: project management tools, anybody? Stories of success or utter failure?
Center for Digital Humanities (Belgrade, Serbia)