ProjectAssist Administration Notes

In the continuing saga of attempting to get ProjectAssist working, I spent the last week trying to get my “development stack” configured.

I would have to say that at the moment, I am not yet impressed.

The idea behind using Project Assist was:

“ProjectAssist dramatically reduces the time and complexity to create new team and project definitions”

Unfortunately, I have now spent more time debugging the Project Assist installation process than I would have spend just installing the supported projects manually.

Here is what I ran into:

  • You can not use your own Apache/tomcat installation, you must install a new instance.
  • If you want to, you can integrate an existing bugzilla, continuum or xplanner installation.
  • If you do use an existing app such as bugzilla, you can not use the existing mysql database for new applications, you mist install a new database instance.
  • If you do not want to use one of the components, you must install them anyway. (I don’t want bugzilla as I already use a different defect tracking system)

So, you pretty much are forced into letting ProjectAssist do it their way, unless you want multiple copies of apache and mysql to be installed.

Personally, I find that troubling, as I do not want

  • Double the resources to be used on my server
  • Double the maintenance issues (when upgrading software down the road)

About andy dingfelder

Andy has over 20 years of technology leadership experience in Software Testing / Development / Project Management and Team Leadership in multiple industry sectors, including: Telco, Healthcare, Technology and government. He is currently working as a Senior Test Consultant for Planit Software Testing. Master's Degree in Public Information Information Systems, and over 10 years of board governance experience for multiple organisations. Full bio is available at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dingfelder Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dingfelder Andy Dingfelder lives in the Wellington region, New Zealand with his wife and two daughters.
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