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Kanban-based project management tool Rike open-sourced

Automation specialists arago have open-sourced their internal project management tool, Rike. Having been used (and, presumably, refined) internally for almost two years, the company are releasing it under an MIT license to allow other teams to make use of their software.

Built in Java 6 using Liferay Portal, Rike was conceived to aid arago’s development team working with the Kanban principle. In accordance with Kanban, team members are not assigned tasks but instead choose their own out of a team-wide to-do list. Rike also embraces aspects of other development principles, such as scrum and extreme programming.

Instead of replacing existing tools, arago’s solution acts as a “metasystem” able to link with existing wikis and ticketing systems, with every to-do entered with a URL pointing to further information about the task stored elsewhere.

The placing of a restrictive MIT license on Rike means that arago is hardly being opened to development by the community at large, but it’s nice of them to share. If you want to have a go yourself, you can download Rike from the github repository now.

Elliot Bentley

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