Project management improvements

Before we released Squidwolf Syndicate in May this year, we had been developing it under what is referred to as Staged Delivery Approach, covered, for example, in Steve McConnell’s excellent book Software Project Survival Guide. During the last months before release and the first months after release we were in the mode of fixing existing immediate bugs/usability and performance issues, so the last delivery, 6.7, dragged out.

The fact that we hadn’t split up the development tracks, into a current and a next stage, has made it a bit difficult for us to fix little bugs/usability issues. This has become even more evident now that we are preparing for the SSL release.

We have now done the work required to split up development into 2 tracks (deliveries), 6.7 and Floating Channels. 6.7 is the track that ended with build 1238, having that in a branch separate from Floating Channels (SSL), allows us to fix some of the more annoying issues with that track, without being interrupted with the much larger changes going on in Floating Channels. We are now doing that and are in the process of testing the fixes, so expect a bug fix and usability patch this week (if you have favourite, minor, bugs/usability issues with 1238 then feel free to post them here and we’ll see about adding them to the next hot-fix patch to 6.7).

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