Image via WikipediaOne of the consequences of a depressed economy in a college work environment is the pursuit of and reliance on more grants. And multiple grants means that project management is all the more important. I will be looking at open source project management tools over this weekend and I am specifically looking for scalable software that can be used by a worker in a one-person department or a small group, and eventually be able to grow with the department or the college. The criteria that I am using right now for reviewing project management software is that it has to be open source, user friendly, and scalable. We are not interested in anything that is supposedly “free” but handled by a commercial company. Our experience is that when we use free tools, they go away when the company is sold or folds. That is the inherent instability and unreliability of commercial software in this economy. Who thought we would be looking to open source for stability? Project management will help us keep track of projects, assist in reporting out to grants, and help manage multiple due dates and time lines.
“dotProject is a volunteer supported Project Management application. There is no “company” behind this project, it is managed, maintained, developed and supported by a volunteer group and by the users themselves.”
Image by Ivan Walsh via FlickrGanntProject
“GanttProject is a cross-platform desktop tool for project scheduling and management. It runs on Windows, Linux and MacOSX, it is free and its code is open source.”
“Project HQ is a collaborative open source project management tool, similar to Basecamp and activeCollab. Project HQ is built on open source technologies like Python, Pylons and SQLAlchemy and is fully database independent. Project HQ uses a structured workflow to assist you in managing your projects.”
“Projectivity is an Open Source Enterprise Management Platform combining unique tools for:
- Portfolio Management
- Project Management
- Knowledge Management
“Projectory is an open source, platform-independent, web-enabled project management tool designed to track software projects through all phases of development. Where traditional project management software is primarily useful only for planning and reporting purposes, Projectory lets you track actual development effort expended by teams or individuals across multiple projects and activities. It’s easy to configure for small or large software development groups, and its streamlined user interface.”
“TaskJuggler is a modern and powerful, Free and Open Source Software project management tool. Its new approach to project planing and tracking is more flexible and superior to the commonly used Gantt chart editing tools. It has already been successfully used in many projects and scales easily to projects with hundreds of resources and thousands of tasks.”
If you are using project management as a consultant (single user) or as a small dept., we would love to hear back from you with your suggestions. Thanks!
- Retrospectiva – Open Source Project Management Tool Based on Ruby (blogupstairs.com)
- 20 Must-Have Tools For Managing Any Project (businessinsider.com)
- Using Basecamp as a Web Developer Project Management Tool | general-web-development-blogs (jomdoc.com)
- Solo: project management for creative freelancers (thenextweb.com)