September 24, 2007 by alex
Mingle is the new agile project management tool from thoughtworks studios. it’s not open source but it’s free for up to five users - sounds like a fair offer to me. for everyone who thinks differently - it’s written in ruby and deployed using jruby, but the class file decompiler is part of the jdk. i wonder how long they can actually make people pay for it. hello open source business models?
anyway, when thilo installed mingle from one of the cds given out to all conference attendees we first were a bit disappointed. after the installation you basically get a nice looking but totally empty screen leaving you with not much more than a big question mark over your head. we didn’t have much time then so that was it for mingle until i attended the corresponding session where things got a bit clearer: mingle is a completely customizable tool. the only thing that’s hard coded are users and cards/stories/tickets/you-name-it and that everything is a wiki page - the rest is up to you. the main features are these:
mingle looks like it could become a really cool tool. after all, trac is getting a bit boring after all these years(?) and we’ve actually stopped using its ticketing system, because it wasn’t easy enough to change it to our needs.