Monday, December 29, 2008


Teamwork Webcast #1 - Business processes integration

This is the first of a series of webcasts in which Silvia Chelazzi and Pietro Polsinelli (two Teamwork developers) will talk about Teamwork, work and project management, and related tools and technologies. We plan to release a webcast about every two weeks.

In this one after a brief table-tennis exchange (trying the latest addition to our office) we take a first look at Teamwork 4 integration with business processes, so this webcast is quite dense with technical references.

P.S. Pietro in the video says that he is assigning task in hours, bot of course it is in working days... .

See the webcast on Vimeo. Download the webcast: mov file (63MB), zipped mov (44MB), zipped flv (29MB). We promise to have smaller and friendlier files for next webcasts :-). You can also see it in our player here. The mov files can be watched with Quicktime or VLC, the flv with VLC and others.

Suggestions for topics that the webcasts should cover are welcome: use the UserVoice service, with requests as this one.

References in and around the webcast:

The creator of JBPM: Tom Baeyens, (Teamwork and Open Lab are in no sense associated with JBoss.)

A previous blog post on these themes:
On worklow patterns in general:
Interesting article on Infoq:

P.S. To be sure you understand what a flow is (from :-)

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Using social tools for managing projects

A friend who works as project manager professional, a consultant at several public and private organizations in Rome, proposed me to use blogs as tools helping managing a project; this because it happens to him that introducing structured tools meets adoption resistance. Introducing work management from a community based platform is a quite novel approach, and could be quite in harmony with modern methodologies. We intend to progressively integrate this perspective too, and we did something already. Consider that with Teamwork's custom dashboards, you can integrate practically anything in your home page, in particular today that many online services are available as simple JavaScript calls.

You may have noticed that we are now using the User Voice service to collect users' feedback on Teamwork. User Voice is a refined and simple way to get feedback from your customers and contacts, even when you have only online contacts; it is an example of open access, where all users have equal rights of expression.

As an example of integration, we now provide a User Voice portlet, which you can set to point to your User Voice service; you will then select the requests which you want to deal with, creating corresponding issues in Teamwork.

In the image we have the portlet set in the home page.

More and more work management tools will need to transform into “linking” applications, places where different kinds of logging get linearized into a project. We’re working on this!

Pietro Polsinelli

P.S. If you are wondering about Teamwork's look in the screenshot, that is version 4.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008


Teamwork 3 final released

Today (December 18, 2008) we released Teamwork 3 final (release 3.2.9 build 7187). It contains an extension of the internationalization coverage, in which we were helped by a German customer company (thanks!).

You can download the release here:

Teamwork 4 is now in beta; we will post extended coverage of the new features in the forthcoming weeks; we will also begin a series of webcasts, in the first one we'll take a look at some 4 beta features. Version 4 will be released for production at the end of next month (January); of course anybody who buys Teamwork 3 now will get a free upgrade to version 4.

You can post as usual feature requests on our uservoice service, and also themes to be discussed in the webcasts; if you want to get access to the beta version, just contact us.


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