The TaskTracker is a Distributed ad-hoc work group application (DawgApp) that provides p2p Task allocation, follow-up and reporting. It is written in 100% Java (1.3.1) and uses elements of the Jini, Rio and Cos projects to manage the peer to peer events and so forth. This is a very prototypical project and is mostly JavaSwing UI code. Being Java it will run on any platform with a JVM.
The future of work is distributed. Old management styles are inappropriate for many types of projects. People are demanding to be treated with respect and not just as cogs in a machine and, although these demands were treated with fear and loathing by old school managers, modern management is all about empowering individuals and encouraging them to perform at their peak. As anyone whose planned a project using microsoft project knows, software for planning and resource allocation has not kept pace with these changes in corporate culture.
Outside the corporate world, work also continues. From NGOs to households, open source software teams to theatre groups, classrooms and pot law reform activists; groups of people need access to better planning and resource management systems. In such situations there are often almost no central management structures, yet work needs to get done.
Traditional project planning tools and ERP systems are too top down, too centralised and are based on out of date approaches to project management.
Workers can be anywhere, and are connected only by their buddy lists. they are encouraged to exercise individual responsibility in accepting jobs. the application facilitates interpersonal familiarity because jobs can be assigned to buddies, not just dropped into a pool. you give the job to someone you trust to do the job.
DawgApps extend p2p concepts popularised by instant messengers.
This is a developer focused project right now. As a developer you will need to install the following:
If you are only working on GUI code you do not need to run up all of the backend services from the cos package.
Project hosted by sourceforge.net and released under a BSD style Open Source Licence. Project Manager is Dave Sag. The information on this page was last updated