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Ask the Entrepreneurs: 6 Pieces of Online Software That Your Tech Team Will Benefit From Using

Ask the Entrepreneurs: 6 Pieces of Online Software That Your Tech Team Will Benefit From Using

Ask The Entrepreneurs is a regular series where members of the Young Entrepreneur Council are asked a single question that aims to help Lifehack readers level up their own lives, whether in a area of management, communication, business or life in general.

Here’s the question posed in this edition of Ask The Entrepreneurs:

“What online software has your technology team benefited from the most in order to track and fix bugs, errors, and other web based issues?”

1. MantisBT

Andrew Schrage

    MantisBT is free software that works on a variety of databases including MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MS SQL, and also works with just about any web browser. It improves project efficiency, is simple to install and administer, and is easy for end-users to work with also.

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    Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance

    2. GitHub

    Peter Baumgartner

      We’re huge fans of GitHub. It is the central repository for all our code and gives everyone an easy place to view and comment on each others code. Its “pull requests” feature has dramatically changed our development process for the better. It lets us easily do code reviews and spot checks on tough code without having to implement a formal review procedure.

      Peter Baumgartner, Lincoln Loop

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      3. JIRA

      Robert Castaneda

        Atlassian JIRA hands down, it lets us track all of this, but also has the ability to scale up to thousands of users and run locally if ever we need that. Also, it is used by tens of thousands of enterprise companies which means that many of our target customer base also use the software and we don’t have to give them another web 2.0 technology to sign up to.

        Robert Castaneda, ServiceRocket

        4. Pivotal Tracker

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        Brandon Wu

          With a small team juggling multiple projects, we need a tool that allows us to be fast and adaptable. We love Pivotal Tracker for it’s extremely responsive control and an UI that gives us a quick overview of the project.

          Brandon Wu, Studio Pepwuper

           

          5. Consider UserVoice

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          doreen-bloch

            UserVoice is a phenomenal plug-in widget for websites to collect user feedback in real-time and track the progress of addressing users’ concerns. While UserVoice’s tools don’t enable code-commits, they have tools in the app that enable an Admin to escalate user feedback as a bug and track the progress of these tickets. I highly recommend checking out UserVoice’s tools for easy-to-use bug tracking.

            Doreen Bloch, Poshly Inc.

            6. HipChat

            Michael Mayernick

              When an issue requires collaborative debugging, nothing is better than HipChat. There, several team members can work through ideas on the problem, post code snippets and share screenshots in a live chat. Best of all, each chat is saved and searchable, so other team members can look back at the full conversation anytime.

              Michael Mayernick, Spinnakr

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              Last Updated on February 15, 2019

              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

              Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

              Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

              Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

              So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

              Joe’s Goals

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                Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                Daytum

                  Daytum

                  is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                  Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                  Excel or Numbers

                    If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                    What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                    Evernote

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                      I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                      Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                      Access or Bento

                        If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                        Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                        You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                        Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                        All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                        Conclusion

                        I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                        What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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