Friday, January 14, 2011

Open Source Software: Project Management (Free to download and use)

1. Achievo

Achievo is a project management, time tracking, and scheduling tool with support available in 20 languages. It's Web-based, and also includes some basic CRM and HRM capabilities. Operating System: OS Independent.

Despite the name, this project has nothing to do with Star Trek—in this case, "BORG" stands for "Berger-Organizer." It's a combination calendar/project manager that offers much better project tracking capabilities that most calendars apps (like Outlook, for example), but it's not nearly as robust as most Microsoft Project replacements. It's best for individuals or small groups who want monitor ongoing projects from daily/weekly/monthly calendars instead of Gantt charts. Operating System: OS Independent.

Replace the old-fashioned whiteboard and sticky notes you're using to track your agile development project with a Web-based version. It makes it easy to plan projects, find bottlenecks and track progress. Operating System: OS Independent.

Dotproject offers a Web-based approach to project management. In addition to the core modules which provide all the typical project management features, the Web site also includes links to a number of add-on modules for integration with other applications, invoicing, help desk, and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

While not quite as robust, GanttProject offers many of the same features as OpenProj and Microsoft Project. It tracks tasks, resources, milestones, dependencies, etc. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Available in a variety of editions, Onepoint offers "360° enterprise project management." It recommends SaaS deployment for small teams working on short-term projects, and on-premise deployment for large teams with ongoing needs. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

This open-source alternative to Microsoft Project and Primavera has been downloaded more than 1.25 million times. It's available on an SaaS basis as Projects on Demand, which claims to be "the leading Software as a Service (SaaS) project solution." Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Owned by CA, Open Workbench lets you schedule projects manually or automatically, create and manage subprojects and dependencies, associate guidelines with features, assign resources, and track progress with a variety of charts. The Web site includes a detailed comparison of the relative merits of Open Workbench and Microsoft Project and explains which tool works better in various situations. Operating System: Windows.

This award-winning tool integrates process improvement with project management and planning. It imports data from Microsoft Project, includes a tutorial, and provides project participants with real-time Web access to the project status. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

In addition to the usual assortment of Gantt charts and resource charts, Plandora also provides a Balanced Scorecard report for tracking key performance indicators (KPIs). The site includes a helpful demo to show you how the software works. Operating System: OS Independent. 

11. Redmine

This Web-based project management tool issued its version 1.0 release earlier this year. It allows teams to track multiple projects, track progress with a Gantt chart and calendar, track time, and more. It also integrates with the major source code managers, including Git, Subversion, Mercurial, Bazaar, etc. Operating System: OS Independent.

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