- Start to browse to whatever cloud project management tool I'm currently experimenting with, so that I can select a task and click the Toggl button.
- Realize I can't remember the name of whatever cloud project management tool I'm currently experimenting with
- Browse to my own (temporary) website to look at yesterday's blog post, which included a graphic of all of the cloud project management tools that Toggl integrates with via the Chrome button
- Find Trello
- Decide that, since Trello doesn't support recursive task tracking—more precisely, Trello doesn't support hierarchical task lists, in which each task can have another task as a parent and this tree can go indefinitely deep—I decide to go through the other cloud project management tools that Toggl supports to see how many do
- Look at one or two other Toggl-supported tools, which don't support hierarchical task lists.
- Forget that I decided to go through the list of Toggl-supported tools and google for "cloud-based project tracking with subtasks", click a top hit.
- Find GoPlan, read about GoPlan, sign up for a GoPlan trial, set up some hierarchical tasks, feel ennui
- Remember that I'm looking for a Toggl-supported tool, look at the graphic again, see Redmine
- Read about Redmine, including that it's vaguely inspired by Trac, which I liked, and see that it does support hierarchical tasks.
- Log in to the Redmine demo and create some hierarchical tasks
- Cancel the GoPlan trial.
- Discover that Redmine forked to ChiliProject over management issues
- Wonder if I should use ChiliProject instead, for either ethical or practical reasons
- Read that the driving force behind the fork left:
"I won’t be leading ChiliProject but that doesn’t mean it’s stopping. With Holger Just stepping up as the Project Lead ..."which probably means that it's stopping.
- Read another link that suggests that Redmine shaped up after the fork, and that the general community stayed with Redmine through the whole thing
- Try to find a hosted instance of Redmine. Decide I don't like HostedRedmine, for no clear reason.
- Wonder if, or maybe stumble across a page stating that, Digital Ocean, which I'm already happy with after a few days of using it for the aufrecht.org development work, offers pre-built virtual hosts of Redmine
- See that it does
- Set up a Redmine instance on Digital Ocean in about a minute
- Cleverly choose to use the uploaded SSH key for added security and convenience
- Browse to my new $5/mo Redmine site
- Try to log in
- Realize I don't have the password
- Check and see that I need to log in to the console to get the password
- Try to log in to the console and fail
- Realize that the SSH key it's using is from my laptop, not my desktop
- Get up to retrieve and turn on the laptop, and realize that I never clicked a button to start tracking my time in Toggl
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Today's saga of recursive task breakdown
I went to click the timer to start working on my website and, thirty minutes later or so, I hadn't clicked the timer yet. Here's what happened as best as I can reconstruct it from my already-decaying memory: