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« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2013, 08:13:13 AM »

not all bugs are huge deals that you need to fix immediately. for instance, in SD's bug list are stuff like there being a hiccup in the sound when looping a certain song, and that i need to go into audacity and edit it so that the loop is smoother. that's not a game-killing bug at all and most players probably won't even notice it, but it's something i do want to fix in the future
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« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2013, 09:26:55 AM »

Bugs much like normal tasks should be prioritized.
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« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2013, 10:44:31 AM »

I like One Note because it's offline, but also with office 2013, you can access it with skydrive and it's online version.  I like the simple interface also and jotting down notes anywhere on the page and rearrange them after.  I find it kind of enjoyable managing it. You can format notes as checklists.

I've also tried Wunderlist, which is a desktop and online app.  There's also a project manager like Asana by the same company, which is kind of nice.  You can browse other public projects as well.
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« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2013, 01:53:31 AM »

Not sure if this is related, but just found out about a cool site that's handy for brainstorming/mindmapping called Coggle. It's in beta but works great, looks nice and is really easy and efficient to use.

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« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2013, 05:16:50 AM »

Paper and pencil.

At the end of each day I write tomorrows todo list, if there's anything left over from the today, I choose whether they go on the list or if I ignore them.

THEN. Start at the top, and work down. DO NOT SKIP ANYTHING.

That's the way I roll Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: February 12, 2013, 08:26:14 PM »

Not sure if this is related, but just found out about a cool site that's handy for brainstorming/mindmapping called Coggle. It's in beta but works great, looks nice and is really easy and efficient to use.

coggle.it




Ha, that's awesome. Was looking for a mindmapping tool that works better than on pen and paper.
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« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2013, 05:49:52 AM »

I like workflowy. Just tried it for the first time now.

I use 3 main file types: design docs, todo docs, and "runners." Whenever I have a specific thing, or collection of things, I put it in a file. Several files go in a directory. Directories go in others. Simple.

If a file/directory gets too big I split it. In every directory I have a file called "runner." "Runner" is where I write anything that doesn't fit anywhere else. It's the first place I go to when I'm unsure of where to go to. The only rule of the runner is that it is chronological, so it is a history of my thinking. It "runs." I can reformat previously written things in it to make them clearer, but I usually don't add to them. I usually append to the file.

Sometimes I pull things out of the runner and put them somewhere else, when I find them a home. All of my documents, except runners, use emacs org-mode, which basically lets me group  content into collapsible trees, and add links/tags and so on... like workflowy, but w/ more features and being slightly harder to use. Normally I don't mix todos with design stuff in the same file, though they can reference each other. A directory usually has several todo/design docs and one runner. Each todo/design doc is for a particular grouping of things.

It's easy for me to find something, whatever it is, and just start working on it. Nothing gets lost. I don't link between files a lot yet but will more later.
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« Reply #22 on: February 20, 2013, 02:19:57 PM »

I love workflowy!

p.s. yes!
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« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2013, 06:56:34 PM »

Good ol' Google Docs (Or Drive, I guess), since they are easy to share with anyone.
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« Reply #24 on: February 21, 2013, 08:12:18 PM »

I used to use Trello, but the fact that it's only as a web app - I have to have a browser window open and be connected to the Internet - that's just clunky.

Similar situation with OneNote and other things that take up memory and an extra slot on my taskbar. I have to remember to keep the app open in order to have my todo list up.

Pen and paper works fairly well, as I don't usually have to remember to get it out. I can keep it on a clipboard on my desk and it will usually be right there for me to look at and edit. I do sometimes spill things on it, though, and sometimes the paper can get all messed up.

Whiteboarding is a little nicer in that it can be hung on the wall and it's always in the same spot, is erasable, can be a mind map, a list, or whatever. A couple issues I have with the whiteboard right now - 1) hanging it on the wall means drilling holes, and that can sometimes be an issue if you plan on moving out of where you're at anytime soon, and 2) it's not always within arms reach, so I have to physically get up and go over to the whiteboard to use it.



So I'm back to using just a simple plain text file. I keep it open in a tab in Sublime Edit. It's separated into three sections: TODO, DONE, and CUT.  Each section is pretty straightforward and self-explanatory.

TODO is anything I think needs to be done. Each item begins with a '*' and may range in granularity. The tips previously described in this thread all apply here. Big items kind of stand out to me and I keep those in mind to break into smaller items as I figure out what those are exactly. I will liberally add things to the TODO list as I see fit, although I'll try to ease up on the big stuff once I get past a certain point in order to concentrate on polish and bug-fixing so I can actually ship. 

Whenever an item is completed, the * is replaced with an X and it is moved to the done list.

If a feature is taking way too long and/or is bogging down the rest of the project, it gets CUT and moved to that list with [] placed around the *. This is so it's still there - it isn't deleted, but I'm making a note that I'm not going to bother with these things and focus my time and attention on other things so the project can be finished within a sane timeframe.

If it is not part of the core of the game it can be cut and it won't be the end of the world. If it is part of the core of the game and it really is a shitstorm to work on, then you've got bigger problems and may need to reconsider the project as a whole, but fortunately this is not usually the case in reality.


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« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2013, 11:58:11 PM »

I like using chalk markers on glass, they're completely opaque and readable and (most importantly) easy erasable.  They're a good/cheap alternative for people who want a whiteboard and their room/office has a large pane of glass.
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« Reply #26 on: February 26, 2013, 07:01:34 PM »

I use the Sticky Notes program that comes with Windows, used to be a widget, I think. It's nice booting up my computer and seeing the really, really ugly sticky notes with my to-do list on there, good to remind me to do stuff in order. Will probably have to find something different when I start working on collaborative projects.

Tried getting into the habit of writing down notes on paper, except then I realized that I can't read my own handwriting.
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« Reply #27 on: February 26, 2013, 07:17:47 PM »

That's funny. I read my own hand-writing just fine. No one else can though. Super encryption, human-bit.
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« Reply #28 on: February 27, 2013, 10:26:45 PM »

I like using chalk markers on glass, they're completely opaque and readable and (most importantly) easy erasable.  They're a good/cheap alternative for people who want a whiteboard and their room/office has a large pane of glass.

now THAT is a cool idea. I like whiteboards but they are so expensive.

I usually just write my weeks tasks related to projects on paper. For the more mundane life tasks I use Astrid.
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« Reply #29 on: March 23, 2013, 07:03:01 AM »

Good 'ol pen and paper. Just write stuff down and cross it off as I do it. Keep it with me wherever I go.
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