Hi all In theory we're developing according to agile methods here, but in practice people still want to see the classic waterfall project plan.
So in order to create a professional looking gant and resource usage charts I implemented an exporter from org-mode to TaskJuggler (http://www.taskjuggler.org/). The code is attached and I'm looking for feedback and would love to get this integrated in the org-mode distribution. TaskJuggler uses a text format to define projects, tasks and resources, so it is a natural fit for org-mode. It can produce all sorts of reports for tasks or resources in either HTML, CSV or PDF. The current version of TaskJuggler requires KDE but the next version is implemented in Ruby and should therefore run on any platform. The exporter is a bit different from other exporters, such as the HTML and LaTeX exporters for example, in that it does not export all the nodes of a document or strictly follow the order of the nodes in the document. Instead the TaskJuggler exporter looks for a tree that defines the tasks and a optionally tree that defines the resources for this project. It then creates a TaskJuggler file based on these trees and the attributes defined in all the nodes. * Installation Put the attached file into your load-path and the following line into your ~/.emacs: (require 'org-taskjuggler) The interactive functions are similar to those of the HTML and LaTeX exporters: M-x `org-export-as-taskjuggler' M-x `org-export-as-taskjuggler-and-open' * Tasks Let's illustrate the usage with a small example. Create your tasks as you usually do with org-mode. Assign efforts to each task using properties (it's easiest to do this in the column view). You should end up with something similar to the example by Peter Jones in http://www.contextualdevelopment.com/static/artifacts/articles/2008/project-planning/project-planning.org. Now mark the top node of your tasks with a tag named "taskjuggler_project" (or whatever you customized `org-export-taskjuggler-project-tag' to). You are now ready to export the project plan with `org-export-as-taskjuggler-and-open' which will export the project plan and open a gant chart in TaskJugglerUI. * Resources Next you can define resources and assign those to work on specific tasks. You can group your resources hierarchically. Tag the top node of the resources with "taskjuggler_resource" (or whatever you customized `org-export-taskjuggler-resource-tag' to). You can optionally assign an ID to the resources (using the standard org properties commands) or you can let the exporter generate IDs automatically (the exporter picks the first word of the headline as the ID as long as it is unique). Using that ID you can then allocate resources to tasks. This is again done with the "allocate" property on the tasks. Do this in column view or when on the task type C-c C-x p allocate RET <ID> RET Once the allocations are done you can again export to TaskJuggler and check in the Resource Allocation Graph which person is working on what task at what time. * Export of properties The exporter also takes TODO state information into consideration, i.e. if a task is marked as done it will have the corresponding attribute in TaskJuggler ("complete 100"). Also it will export any property on a task resource or resource node which is known to TaskJuggler, such as limits, vacation, shift, booking, efficiency, journalentry, rate for resources or account, start, note, duration, end, journalentry, milestone, reference, responsible, scheduling, etc for tasks. * Dependencies The exporter will handle dependencies that are defined in the tasks either with the ORDERED attribute (see TODO dependencies in the Org mode manual) or with the BLOCKER attribute (see org-depend.el) or alternatively with a depends attribute. Both the BLOCKER and the depends attribute can be either "previous-sibling" or a reference to an ID which is defined for another task in the project. Thanks Christian
Description: TaskJuggler exporter
-- Christian Egli Swiss Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Print Disabled Grubenstrasse 12, CH-8045 Zürich, Switzerland
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