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My employer recently read the twelve steps to better code and wants me to write a protocol for how we should handle bugs and new features. We are a small company with just three programmers and we use OnTime from axosoft to administer our work. I am looking for a course in which best practices for bug tracking, work logging and project planning are taught. The only thing I have been able to find is axosoft's own six hour introductory course. Will that have enough depth? Please give recommendations!

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I heard that the person who wrote that article has a training video course. *

If that's a little expensive Mike Gunderloy wrote a book.

* Disclaimer: I am that person.

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I will delete as spam :-) –  bigown Nov 22 '10 at 1:33
    
Nice answer, I did edit the ad to a disclaimer, revert if you mind. –  Josh K Nov 22 '10 at 6:01
    
brillant idea. The trailer is really appealing. –  user2567 Nov 23 '10 at 11:08
    
Phew... that trailer video is old... thank god... I actually thought you guys still used Windows XP in 2013... –  Radu Murzea Jul 17 '13 at 19:45
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First thing, what you're talking about isn't strictly Project Management, it's more a development or support process.

The industry standard for the support side of things is, in the UK at least, ITIL and there are courses on that which run into weeks but given your team size I suspect that's overkill.

If I were you I'd do some general reading around the subject and work out your own process internally. The first steps are likely to be:

1) A bug tracking tool. If your manager is willing to cough for FogBugz or Jira then great but if not then Bugzilla does the job for free at a basic level.

2) A basic process for ensuring that all bugs / change requests are logged in Bugzilla and a basic assessment carried out (impact, estimate to fix, is it a change or a defect) and so on.

3) A process for understanding how these then get prioritised and addressed.

These processes will have commonalities wherever you find them but will vary from company to company. I'd suggest that they key factors are:

1) That the logging and assessment process is rapid and happens as soon after the defect is raised as possible.

2) That the people involved in the prioritisation process have the authority to make those decisions. There's no point in developers working through this stuff and then management saying that they disagree.

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