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The XPCGI Application
What is XP?
XP is a light-weight methodology for small-to-medium-sized teams developing software in the face of vague or rapidly changing requirements. Extreme Programming Explained, page xiii, by Kent Beck, Addison Wesley, 2000
One important part of XP is Release Planning (formally known as The Planning Game), which uses index cards to record stories (user requirements) and "tasks" (programmer assignments.) Using physical index cards has its advantages, but there are some disadvantages as well, starting with the need to sort large numbers of cards by priority and risk, a manual effort.
One other problem with hand-written index cards is that some managers react badly to them. If your handwriting is as bad as mine, it's even more of a problem. Many managers demand such things to look much more formal and professional.
XPCGI is an attempt to address these issues. It provides a simple-to-use front-end to a perl/dbm database for entering story and task cards. It supports printing the resulting cards back to paper or index cards, as well as providing sorted reports and listings. This naturally eliminates the basic problem of chicken-scratch handwriting.
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