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Release v0.18

Hi, guys! In the Riter release v0.18 we continued working on the notification system, enhancing it in all its aspects. We have significantly revised the principles of time tracking and maintaining attendance records in your teams. We have also extended capabilities of profile settings and Riter API’s functionality in accordance with new features. Some other changes have affected the company management panel, statistics pages, and bug fixes. Read the post to know more about the latest Riter version.

Results of Our Survey on Project Management Tools

Hi guys! We are extremely grateful to all those who participated in our recent survey on project management tools (if you haven’t done it yet, feel free to do it now — all opinions should be considered!), and now we’d like to share the results we’ve got. We are sure that they will be interesting for many of you, and maybe you will even be able to use them in your practice like we are going to do ourselves.

Why Riter Is Called Riter: a Little About Etymology, Latin, and Knights

Let’s talk a little about the history of the tracker and maybe its future. There are so many management tools in our world right now. When it comes to finding out something new, you can get encouraged with a huge variety of propositions that are ready to help you with your planning. Every program has got its name, which in this or other way suits best for it. But have you thought about why programs got these names but not others? And how does the name of a program really describe the functionality of it?

Riter Release v0.17

Hi, guys! As we promised in the previous post, today’s release is distinguished by many significant updates in different parts of Riter application. First of all, we’re ready to introduce you an entirely new feature — story history bot — which will let you always stay aware of the latest changes in the project. Another feature with the same goal is a new ability to subscribe to a story and quickly know about all related updates. Some other changes have affected sprint and story management, search and filtering, Riter API, and project settings. Read the post to know more and use new functionality to the maximum.

Moving Toward Teal Company’s Workflow

The world is changing, and traditional management processes often don’t allow companies to stay afloat. To successfully compete with existing organizations, they’re looking for new ways to organize their workflow. No one continues to be surprised by impressive social packages, high bonuses and other material goods — today’s employees are more interested in new challenges and opportunities for personal growth and development. The widespread lack of motivation among staff harms companies even more than business of their competitors. Remote work and flexible scheduling become increasingly frequent in descriptions of vacancies. A promise of discretion, exciting projects, and a friendly atmosphere are the only things which can lure talented specialists to your team. Against this background, interest in teal companies is predictably growing.

Top 5 Project Tracking Tools for Managers and Startupers

It’s important to have time to cope with all your projects, even if you're a startuper, or just think about starting a new project. It seems that it is quite easy when you are at the beginning of your development process. But when it comes to business, you understand that it is a trap, to think in such a way. When you just launch your project, it's even harder, because you know too little yet, and you are like a sponge inquiring all around yourself.

Riter Release v0.16

Hi, guys! This time we want to present you only a few updates, but they have made a significant impact on Riter. The major changes have affected sprint management and task planning. In this post we will tell about all important aspects of sprint usage in Riter, unscheduled and overdue tasks, creating your own sprints and scheduling the future work. We have also expanded your capabilities to control third-party analytics services in accordance with the requirements of GDPR and made a few minor changes described below.

Achieving a Better Task Management by Students

The life of a today’s student is often presented as a carefree series of parties and meetings with friends, but even if it is not the complete lie, one day it will be interrupted by exams. At this time (and for someone throughout the whole semester), students are loaded with a huge pile of tasks, reports, presentations, and research which are supposed to be done “yesterday”. It may be difficult even to keep in mind all these duties, not to say about organizing everything in the best way, managing time and meeting deadlines.

Riter and GDPR

At Riter, we welcome the adoption of new data protection standards so as nothing is more important to us than the success and safety of our customers. Regardless of your location and nationality, we strive to ensure the safety of your data at the highest level. We don’t care, whether you are from EU, USA, or somewhere else, we provide equal rights to all our customers and do not look for loopholes in the law. This post outlines several steps which we have recently taken to ensure Riter compliance with the GDPR.

Choosing the Best Solution for Issue Tracking

Sometimes we ask ourselves — how to choose what we need and, what is more important, how to understand what we need. The same question arises when you need to choose the best way to plan your work and to control all the processes which happen in your project. An issue tracker is an excellent choice which gonna make your life easier, but how not to lose control of what you need and get rid of overpaying? That’s what we gonna talk about.

Clean and Dirty Hours. What’s the Benefit

Every issue tracker has its own advantages and disadvantages. But in process of developing, each of them is oriented to make our life easier.
Today we gonna talk about such possibility as clean and dirty hours. What’s that and what’s that thing for. Following it’s name you may guess that clean hours means something combined with an appropriate thing, something that has nothing superfluous. And you a right. Clean hours undermine itself to count just that time, which you really use while working on different type of tasks.
Why you need it, and how could it help you?

Riter Release v0.15

Meet Riter v0.15 with a set of essential (and not only) updates and fixes. Here you will find out more about functional, interface and administrative changes such as an alternative way to log in to your account, updated manipulations with stories, a redesigned section for discussions, changes in Riter API, more profitable tariff plan, important updates in Privacy Policy and much more. If you use at least one of the above, then this post is recommended for reading.

Evolution and Agile

Evolution is devoid of foresight. It has neither a strategy nor a plan. It is impossible to predict the next steps of the evolutionary process, not to say about preparing a more or less accurate development plan similar to the evolutionary one. If we try to guess the original intention and realize the true goal to build a logical chain that leads to the current reality, that's the point where the false reasoning comes up. And that's all to answer irrational questions, which simply should not be raised in general: about the sense of life and the purpose of existence.

Cursed Custom Selects

When a design requires something special from inputs, layout designers crouch in the twine and do pretty crazy things, like an image inside the input, but still leave the tag <input> on the page. However, if suddenly it comes to styles of a drop-down list, the tag <select> along with a set of <option> tags go to the dump, and then <div> and javascript appear to take their place. Well, you are not allowed to customize selects in browsers even with the latest html/css, and that's very sad!

Young Companies and How to Support Their Potential

Everyone aim to be better, but we forget that big things have small beginnings.

Small companies and startups, often focused on their own ideas and achievements, don’t have any desire to study extra programs and tools. However, everyone is looking for the best option to develop projects and ways to increase productivity. As a rule, it is in the founder's interests to provide a joint work on a common idea, put everything in its place, and prevent spending time on "pseudo" work. This can be achieved with so-called issue trackers. Might say, that there are a lot of them right now, for any taste. You could find trackers with a huge amount of functions, as well as much simpler products with only several ones if you don’t want to waste your time learning how all of them work, or simply if you don’t need them.

Riter Release v0.14.9

Hi, guys! Meet the first autumn update from the Riter team. This time we have focused on improving your user experience and making a barrier to entry even lower. If you haven't yet tried Riter, it is a good time to sign up your own company so as the registration process has been simplified a lot. We have also added some important features both for project management and software developers, fixed several bugs and enhanced interaction with our users.

The Main Way to Optimize Your Work


Plan before you speak.

Every day we are in a hurry, every day our minds are filled with hundreds of thoughts. However, we don’t always pay attention to how powerful is what we think and speak about. A well-known fact is that your effectiveness increases significantly if you have already thought about those or other things. Indeed, everything begins with structuring in your head... Have you ever noticed that the result depends on how you have thought through your next actions, and how much time you have spent on analyzing and designing your further development? Brian Tracy said, "Remember that every minute spent on planning will save a few minutes of your work." Planning is actually a guarantee of the success of a modern person. A very important thing is to set the long-term and short-term goals.

8 Tips on How to Make a Developer's Life Better

When working in a team, you usually don't need to explain why everyone should adhere to one style of coding, down to the decisions whether to put an extra space before the brackets and use double or single quotes. Everything is obvious and clear. But once you need to continue a project after another developer or even a whole team, that is where a nightmare begins.

What Makes You a Good Developer


Recently I was asked to write a letter of recommendation to a software developer in which there was a simple question that made me think hard. It was about the strongest quality of the candidate. Like, "name his best quality, and only one". Such a trivial question formulated a problem of the most important criterion of a developer.


Estimating Time Accurately in Software Development

An ability to accurately estimate the time required to complete a task is a crucial trait of every software developer. As a rule, this skill is honed over time by trial and error. However, such mistakes may be costly both for the software development company and the product's owner. As a result, more than 66% of all projects in the industry have cost and effort overruns. Still, there is a way out. Having spent a little time and effort from the very beginning, we could avoid conflicts with customers and save funds in the future.

Which Way's Up: Tech Trends To Keep An Eye On

Whether you are a newbie programmer looking for a promising area to apply his skills, or a veteran of programming who got fed up coding in Algol and Fortran, you're probably interested in the latest trends and prospects in IT. As a part of the world where technologies are constantly changing, you need to keep up with it, and know where to move on. Once you just tie yourself to a particular technology or language - and tomorrow you will be left behind, since overnight demands to candidates have been changed. If in the previous article we were talking about wrong ways to software development, today let's discuss perspective directions instead. The following tech fields are in demand at the moment and deserve your attention.

Diving Into Programming: Things to Avoid

Today, advances in technology are changing the labour market, and programming is becoming an ever more attractive career option. Maybe one in two our familiar scholar at least once thought about switching his or her speciality to technical fields and computer science in particular. And advertising around them is only adding fuel to the fire, calling upon everybody to dive into IT. Attracted by promises of high incomes and low barriers to entry, people choose this path regardless of their initial education, abilities and interests. As a result, there are a lot of good and not very good advice on how to become a programmer, what to begin with, what a true programmer must know and so on. We decided to go another way and say what the novice developer should NOT do. In particular, let's talk about popular today paid courses, advertising of which can be met at every turn.

What Type of a Project Manager Are You?


The confrontation between managers and the rest of the team is a widespread phenomenon. It always has been, and hardly ever the situation will be changed in the nearest future. However, the problem is not that developers are all highly organized and autonomous enough to work without additional control. They usually are not. Moreover, right management does wonders even in a weak team. So, what’s the problem then? Why do so many managers not enjoy the favor of employees and show poor results when they have the best conditions to flourish?

Project Managers

Riter Release v0.14

Hi, guys! Better late than never: after two months of fruitful work, we are ready to present you a new version of Riter. Learn about new ways of working with project groups, extended functionalities of topics aliases, changes in GraphQL API, and noticeable bugfixes.

Capsule Networks Beyond Image Recognition


Taking into account the novelty of capsule networks, it is not surprising that some researches still are questioning their value and ability to surpass more traditional approaches to image recognition. Despite the initial successes in this field, there is a lot of work ahead. Not to say about their application in areas other than computer vision. However, while skeptics are doubting, someone else is testing this in practice and is looking for new ways of development. Following in the footsteps of their predecessors, ConvNet, capsule networks may prove useful in two other fields: computer games and natural language processing (NLP).


Artificial Intelligence in Today's Project Management


We used to talk a lot about the future of project management and a place of artificial intelligence in the field. However, the fact is that the future is already here, and AI is a significant aspect of today's project management process. Technologies are advancing by leaps, and their impact on this area can not go unnoticed.

Artificial intelligence in project management

5 Secrets of Successful Teamwork


Teamwork is a separate kind of art. You hire the best talent, provide them with everything they ask, learn all existing models of team effectiveness to follow them in your company, but the work process is at a standstill anyway. Something is missing. There is no guarantee of success, as just knowledge of performance criteria alone doesn't do the trick and says nothing about the ways to achieve them. It is possible to get good results through live practices that can improve the effectiveness of teamwork and prevent frequent mistakes.

Successful Teamwork

Startups: 3 Ways of Development


"Nothing works better than just improving your product" Joel Spolsky once said. And this rule works for most good projects. Everybody has to start somewhere. Just staying patient and making your product a little better every day gives you a good chance of success. However, not every idea deserves the right to exist and develop. And even with a promising concept, without clear understanding the direction of further development, market needs, the growth rate, having a good team and many other factors, the project is doomed to failure. According to the recent research, about 90% of new startups fail. At what point should we understand that something is going wrong?

Startups growth

Models of Team Effectiveness


A team is the key to the success of a company. Ideas, client base, experience, capital, connections - all this comes or leaves with time, so experienced investors are betting on the team firstly. Successful teams grow and develop in spite of changing market conditions, while ineffective collaboration can destroy any endeavor. But what makes a team successful? Scientists and psychologists have been looking for an answer to this question for many years, and now there are different models and approaches to determining teamwork effectiveness criteria.

Teamwork Effectiveness

Laws Of Productivity: Work Better, Not More


Each company is interested in increasing profits, but not everyone can effectively use the available resources for this purpose. Often, in order to do more work and get better results, management prefers to allocate more time and employees, instead of increasing productivity of available ones. However, this approach is knowingly false for a number of reasons.

Time management issues

Choosing Project Management Tools: Who Has the Decisive Voice?


Among all the variety of project management and collaboration tools it can be difficult to choose one that will equally satisfy all team members. And, as a rule, nobody does it. Managers select some software without long disputes and discussions with developers – and all employees begin to use it with more or less productivity. Of course, they are guided by reasonable criteria, take into account the requirements of the workspace, projects, available budget, experience and recommendations of their colleagues and many other factors. But is this enough for the successful work of the whole team? What if we give our IT-specialists more freedom in choosing project management and collaboration tools? What advantages can we get and what problems can arise?

Collaboration tools

5 Reasons to Let Your Team Work Remotely


If several years ago remote work was a pipe dream for most employees, today more and more companies are leaning towards this approach. Development of technologies, companies growth, high level of competition and other market conditions not only provide us with more opportunities, but also dictate new requirements for company management. According to the last researches, remote teamwork is one of the most popular project management trends in 2018. And for that there are a number of reasons.

Remote work

Future of Project Management: Riter Development Strategy


Everybody knows that people are naturally lazy, and programmers are doubly lazy. Taking into account the continuous development of technologies and improving the living standards, the situation is unlikely to change in the nearest future. And this's for the best. Lazy people are always looking for the easiest way to solve a problem, and no project manager or methodology will change their way of thinking.

Future technologies

Top 5 Project Management Trends in 2018


New advances in technologies somehow affect all areas of human activity, and project management does not stand aside. In recent years, the role of managers has changed significantly due to the automation of part of their duties and changing the very process of development and teamwork. What is the future of project management and what should today's project managers expect and prepare for if they want to take full advantage of all the new achievements?

Tech trends

Collaborative Task Management Means Fewer Meetings


How much time per week do you usually spend on meetings? According to The Muse, they can take about 35 – 50% of manager's working hours. This would not be so offensive, if not the fact that most of them are ineffective and useless. And it doesn't matter whether it is a live conversation, a phone or video call, in any case, you're wasting your own time and reducing your team's performance, distracting them from their direct responsibilities. If earlier we have discussed how to stop wasting time in general, today we will focus on existing ways to avoid extra meetings.

Collaborative Task Management

Riter v0.13.5 is already available


Hello, guys! We have prepared a bunch of the latest Riter updates with a detailed description so that they don't surprise you and cause no questions. For example, the process of creating a new project is now much more convenient and solves some previous difficulties of company owners. You should also know about changes in GraphQl API and extended account settings which are described below. In addition, we have updated our cookie policy and fixed some annoying bugs.

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