Play Nicely is a web-app that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Created with the idea that coding and managing a website should be fun, Play Nicely is collaboration and management application that software professionals can use to track bugs, glitches, and other issues related to the performance of the sites they’re working on.
Rather than making bug tracking boring, Play Nicely aims to make it into a game in which users are rewarded for a job well done with a series of achievement badges. Start a free trial account to check it out for yourself, and to find out if Play Nicely is the kind of application that would work well for your company. Once you’ve logged on and found your dashboard, you’ll want to create a new project. Type in a name for your project and invite various members of your team to join in. Next, you’ll want to import any necessary data from GitHub or FogBugz to get all the important information into one contained spot. Just as you would with many other project management apps, you can create milestones, add items – which can be tasks, bugs, or ideas – and assign those items to various members of your team. Tag new items as you create them and link together items that are connected by using certain keywords in the description field or the comments. When a particular bug has been fixed or a task has been completed, you can close the item with the click of a button and move on to the next milestone in your project.
Of course, all of the above tools aren’t what makes Play Nicely truly unique. What separates Play Nicely from other bug tracking applications is its emphasis on fun. Specifically, the web-app lets users earn achievement badges for working hard, completing tasks, and keeping late night or early morning hours. Any software professional who is tired of using stuffy web-apps at work would be smart to give Play Nicely a try.
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