Ready for another post? I hope you’ve found the others useful so far. Though project management software normally finds itself in an office suite or as we call them ‘productivity suites’, I didn’t want this to get buried in amongst everything else. Mainly it’s because I’m selfish, as project manager of developing all this EUPATI content, that I wanted to toot my own horn and highlight what I do in this blog.
Project planning/project management
Project planning software generally enables project planning with Gantt charts, timelines, task and resource management tools, and report generation. The software packages listed below are open source or affordable alternatives to packages such as Microsoft Project. I strongly suggest you try a couple to find one you like, also have a search around the internet, there are always more and more of these springing up, often integrated with workspaces to upload files or comment on documents as things move into the cloud.
Description: ProjectLibre is an open source alternative to Microsoft Project.
Benefits: ProjectLibre supports Gantt Charts, PERT Charts, Network Diagrams, Earned Value Costing and more. ProjectLibre is compatible with Microsoft Project files.
Platforms: Available on Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD, and Solaris.
Description: OpenProject is free and open source web-based project collaboration software.
Benefits: OpenProject supports project teams with collaborative project planning, timeline reports, task management, time and cost reporting, and other comprehensive project management tools.
Platforms: Available on Debian, Fedora, Redhat, Ubuntu, CentOS, and SUSE.
Description: Trello is a free, flexible, and visual organisational platform.
Benefits: Trello is a free and innovative approach to project management. It adapts to your project, team, and workflow, with a comprehensive discussion and notification system, unlimited teams and users, and checklists and due dates. Trello offers integration with GoogleDrive, Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive, as well as iCal support. Trello offers a range of apps, powerful search functions, and a range of extensions to support more complicated projects. Trello also features robust security and privacy controls. Trello Gold and Trello Business class offer more features at competitive rates.
Platforms: Available on desktop computers through a web browser; apps are available for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire.