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Summary Process improvement for open software projects
Category process
License GNU General Public License
Owner(s) dexpro, icanoop

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Welcome to HOOT Project site!


The goal of Hoot is to provide integrated processes and tools to open software projects, improving the weaker areas of open software.

The scope of Hoot is to create a comprehensive solution for open software development teams struggling with process issues.

The motivation for starting the Hoot project is described in a short essay.

The high-level features of Hoot are:

  • Provide convenient means for open projects to improve process.
  • Provide a generic set of organizational procedures, tailored to open projects that can be further tailored to each specific project.
  • Drastically increase the amount of visibility that developers and any other interested parties have into the entire software development effort, including procedures, requirements, architecture, planning, issue tracking, quality assurance, configuration management and testing.
  • A modular architecture that can easily be extended as new process areas are added.
  • Not specific to any design techniques, although it will be possible, and even encouraged, for modules to be created that are specific to certain design techniques.
  • Makes following a mature process a convenience, not a hassle. We do most of the hard work for you.

The high-level assumptions for Hoot are

  • A GUI built on the OpenOffice UNO technology that integrates with an existing OpenOffice installation.
  • A text or command line UI written in Python.
  • A Zope application for each project.
  • A Zope application for each organization, that is the parent of the project instances.
  • A single organzational level instance to be shared between all free software projects.
A list of features that will be included in the first version of Hoot
  • Requirements management.
  • Traceability.
  • Software planning.
  • Scheduling.
  • Software analysis.
  • Automated testing (or at least tracking and reporting of automated tests)
  • Collaborative documentation management.
Why is it called Hoot? Because the owl stands for maturity and wisdom. Also it's a catchy name with lots of potential for branding and a mascot.

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