Working with redmine

I happened to find the redmine as a best open source project for Project management. The reasons being its simpleness and customization options. I am not going to go through the installation steps rather important features which I like,

  • Notifications
  • Milestones/Versions
  • Nested tickets
  • VCS Association
  • Adding new tracker and status
  • Workflow
  • User management
Notifications:
Every notification can be configured according to the individual preferences.
 
Version:
Excellent way to achieve the milestone based project delivery. You first need to create list of versions by following, Project page -> Settings -> Versions then add new versions with necessary fields shown below.
 
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The date field is indicates the deadline date of the version. You can associate the created version with tickets.
 
Nested tickets:
You can have a glimpse at the following image to understand the ticket creation screen in redmine.
 
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We can have parent ticket for any ticket, which gives options to further group the ticket of similar nature.
 
VCS Association:
The most exciting feature of redmine is the its seamless integration with Version Control System. We use git and redmine has really made our work effortless. Go to Project -> Settings -> Repository page and choose the type and give the local path. By default git commit can be linked with the Redmine ticket by specifying,
 
"this is a test commit refs #12"
 
This commit will be linked with the ticket number 12. The beauty is, you can view the changes made in the particular commit from the ticket,
 
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The more options are there, Admin -> Settings -> Repositories
 
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Where you can change the keyword used. You can even close any ticket(s) using fixes/closes keywords. If you had enabled "Enable time logging", you can log time from commit message !
 
eg:  "Again a test commit refs #30 @1h15m" Meaning 1 hour and 15 minutes. By default redmine may not necessarily run the cron to associate to commit message to ticket. You can create a git hook to run it on every new push.
 
Adding new tracker and status
Admin -> Settings -> Trackers to add new tracker.
Admin -> Settings -> Issues statuses to add new status.
 
Workflow:
Workflow allows to constraint the transition of the ticket statuses. Admin -> Settings -> workflow
 
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In the picture above, The new status can be escalated to 'In Progress' or 'Resolved' but not to 'Deferred'.
 
User management
Each project can have exclusive user management rights. A member can be Manager in a project but in other he could be just a tester. Project -> Settings -> Members to add/remove members.

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