May 27, 2011

Play Nicely – The Professional Bug Tracking Tool

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.

Practical Uses:

  • Keep track of a project you’re working on as a team
  • Track the bug issues your users are having trouble with and fix them as quickly as possible
  • Assign important tasks to your best workers
  • Earn rewards and badges for working late night or early morning hours

Insider Tips:

  • Users who want more control of their data can use the Play Nicely API
  • Companies that use GitHub can import their data directly into Play Nicely
  • Tagging feature allows users to sort items quickly
  • Play Nicely is always adding new badges that its users can earn

What we liked:

  • Play Nicely has just the right amount of features, without being overwhelming
  • Users can link together two connected bugs or tasks
  • Play Nicely integrates nicely with a number of other web-apps
  • Individuals items can be moved up or down quickly with drag and drop functionality

What we didn’t like:

  • Because Play Nicely is still new, the web-app’s creators are still working out some kinks in the system
  • Play Nicely may not work as well for people using Internet Explorer as it does for Firefox, Chrome, or Safari users


Company Info:

  • Launched: November 2010
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
  • Founded by: Adam Charnock, Rob Hudson, and Basheera Khan
  • Web site:


  • Free 30-day trial
  • Small plan is £9/month
  • Medium plan is £17/month
  • Large plan is £35/month
  • Unlimited plan is £100/month


  • 4 out of 5 (great)

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