Zen: Does This Project Management Tool Live Up to its Name?

zenlogo2I’ve seen my fair share of online project management apps during my time here at WebWorkerDaily. Generally speaking, they all claim to reduce the stress produced by the project management process, but Zen is a good candidate for the most bravely named among these apps. It definitely raised my expectations, at any rate.

Zen also uses a lot of other buzzwords with which those well-educated in PM practices with which will no doubt be familiar. It claims to be a “lean” PM solution, and talks about the service being able to replace a manual kanban board and spreadsheet. I was expecting to see the ghost of Six Sigma also raise its ugly head somewhere in the promotional materials, but luckily, no such specter appeared.

I was especially interested in the claim that Zen works on a “board” rather than a “list” basis, and to see what effect that would have on my actual project management habits. Read More about Zen: Does This Project Management Tool Live Up to its Name?

Weekly App Store Picks: May 16, 2009


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, even better, it’s a super selection of fresh picks, plucked from the App Store, especially for you.

But that’s not all I’ve got in store for you this weekend: After perusing the week’s happenings right here at TheAppleBlog, I’ve prepared a swift run-down of Apple (s aapl) news from the past seven days.

The folks over at Amazon (s amzn) kicked off the week by dropping an update to the Kindle for iPhone app. A few weeks back, Amazon acquired the company behind Stanza, the free e-Book reader. It seems as if Amazon is still pushing forward with the Kindle for iPhone app, rather than, as I would have expected, focusing its efforts, and considerable resources, on rolling Stanza and Kindle into one.

TheAppleBlog’s Henry Balanon helped melt away those Monday blues with a new iPhone Dev Sessions tutorial. For coders and tech-minded musicians alike, this should be a particularly interesting one, as Henry’s latest article is all about creating a drum machine app for iPhone.

On Tuesday, Microsoft (s msft) launched a shot across the bow of Apple’s iPod, with its latest Zune advertisement. The ad features Apprentice-losing certified financial adviser Wes Moss, explaining why a Zune is much more of an economically savvy purchase than the iPod.

Perhaps signaling the end of the line for the iPhone 3G, Apple has now made it possible to purchase the device online. It’s the latest in a long line of what seems to be inventory-clearing tactics from Apple, making way for the rumored iPhone refresh this summer. Potential buyers should consider holding out for a possible iPhone announcement in the coming weeks.

Also this week, David Klein posted an excellent tutorial on setting up Google (s goog) Sync for Mac and iPhone. This is essential reading, both for Gmail users looking to integrate their iPhone more closely with their Google account and for MobileMe users looking for a free alternative to Apple’s service.

Moving on to the picks, this week I’ve been looking at When Sysadmins Ruled The Earth, Guru Meditation, Resident Evil: Degeneration and Peggle. Read More about Weekly App Store Picks: May 16, 2009