Naga Chokkanathan

Using Wikis For Software Development / Delivery

Posted on: May 9, 2011

Sometime back, I asked a question in twitter, about using Wikis for Software Development / Delivery. I got very useful responses / links from lot of friends, I thought of summarizing the top 10 ways in which software development teams can use Wikis. Please find this below.

Of course, this is not a complete list, In case you find anything missing or any other useful ways, please leave them in the comments so that this page can become a mini-wiki collecting more and more information. Thanks in advance!

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N. Chokkan …

09 05 2011

Sl. No.

Area

Description / Example

1

Internal Communication

Team level communications – Official / Unofficial / Social – Such as news, completion announcements, congratulatory messages, downtime / uptime announcements, sharing ideas, posting pictures, posting personal ads etc.,

2

Software Development Tracking

Similar to Project Tracking Solutions we use, but in a much smaller scale – useful for short module tracking

3

Developer Networks

SAP –> https://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/wiki, IBM –> http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/wikis

4

Solutions / Knowledge Base

FAQs, Answers, Solutions, Sharing Documents, URLs etc., Similar to #1 above, But more focus on Technical aspects, Classified / Categorized based on product / area, Some part may be shared with external world (via a Portal)

5

Technical Documentation

Same as #4, But only for documents such as Technical Design, Solution Architectures etc., Only for internal use

6

Task Lists / Action Item Lists (Personal / Team / Project / Module)

 
7

Test Plans, Results, Status Update, Regression test results

 
8

Checklists

For various tasks, common checklists across the organization can be maintained as wiki pages, with notes on each item wherever required

9

Source code comments

Managing Comments for important source codes in a separate wiki, linked to the program (via URL)

10

Meeting Log Records

 
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1 Response to "Using Wikis For Software Development / Delivery"

We maintain meeting logs as well as action-items and information for these meetings in a wiki. For instance, see: http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:GNOME_meeting

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