Nextmove: A Distributed Project Management Tool

D.K.M. Mak and P.K. Kruchten (Canada)


Project Management, Software Engineering, Software Tools, Graphical User Interface


Agile distributed software development teams often face difficulties in communicating and coordinating tasks be cause of logistical problems and technological limitations. This paper introduces NextMove, a distributed project management tool that is built on the Eclipse Platform. NextMove assists teams in managing their tasks by gener ating recommendations for task priority and task alloca tion using a variety of heuristics. In addition, NextMove provides a means of viewing all distributed team mem bers’ activities, as well as a mechanism for team members to provide feedback to the team. Project managers thereby have more time to handle exceptional cases, and the in creased project transparency allows team members to more easily locate relevant information.

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