Local startup Heads up Development is aiming to enhance software development through intelligent engineering tools (which is much welcomed, as I’m sure any developer will tell you).
The company, started by Andrew Williams, is currently one of the many companies being nutured in the Edinburgh Pre-Incubator Scheme (EPIS). He started building the tool around 18 months ago, when he noticed the challenge of conveying the progress of a software project from developer to manager, especially since progress on software projects tend not to be as straightforward and linear as other tasks (e.g. construction).
So, he decided to build a tool which allows software managers to track the progress of the team easier, and in doing so – produce happy developers and managers!
Primarily aimed software development teams, their first product “Heads up” allows project members to:
- easily see the number of commits on the project
- see a rough indication of whether the project is on-time
- share files related to the project
- track bugs and issues (with a built in issue tracker system)
- read/edit documentations and be able to comment on them
- host your own private repository to solve dependencies (which I’m assured will allow managers to manage the software in a modular way – which is good)
- read an automated history of all the project items
- perform automatic continuous integration in the background
With support for Java and XCode, Andy is preparing to launch a beta version of the product in the next week or so. The tool will be good to support teams from 5-100 members.
So if you’re in a SME, are doing Java/XCode development, and are interested in taking part in the beta trial which comes with a heavy discount from the full launch price, you can contact Andy, or read more about the Heads up tool on their website.