Open Source Project Management Software & Tools
Project management software are available with many different features and variety of levels. This article aims to help organisations and project managers realize the benefits and potential of what and how open source project management softwares can help them to achieve. This list provides the list of popular open source project management tools to choose the best for the purpose. There are several web based tools are available, but there are very few for the desk versions as an alternative to Microsoft Project (MS Project) Software.
Redmine is a flexible project management web application. It is written using the Ruby on Rails framework, it is cross-platform and cross-database. It includes calendar and gantt charts to aid visual representation of projects and their deadlines. Redmine is open source and released under the terms of the GNU General Public License v2 (GPL). – RedMine
It is a complete online solution focused on improving productivity, collaboration, communication and management of your teams. Feng Office allows businesses to manage project tasks, billing, documents, communication with co-workers, customers and vendors, schedule meetings and events, and share every kind of electronic information. – Fengoffice
Project HQ is a collaborative open source project management tool, somewhat 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. – Project HQ
Codendi is an open-source collaborative development platform offered by Xerox. From only one interface, it gathers, all the needed tools for software development teams: management and versioning of code, bugs, requirements, documents, reporting, tests etc. It is mainly used for managing software project processes. – Codendi
Trac is an open source, web-based project management and bug-tracking tool. Trac allows hyperlinking information between a computer bug database, revision control and wiki content. It also serves as a web interface to a version control system like Subversion, Git, Mercurial, Bazaar and Darcs. – Trac
eGroupWare is a free open source groupware software intended for businesses from small to enterprises. Its primary functions allow users to manage contacts, appointments, projects and to-do lists.It is used either via its native web-interface, making access platform-independent, or by using different supported groupware clients, such as Kontact, Novell Evolution, or Microsoft Outlook. It can also be used by mobile phone or PDA via SyncML. – eGroupWare
Collabtive is a web-based project management software that is being published as Open Source software. The project was started in November 2007. It strives to provide an Open Source alternative to proprietary tools like Basecamp or ActiveCollab. – Collabtive
KForge is an open-source (GPL) system for managing software and knowledge projects, written in Python. It re-uses existing best-of-breed tools such as a versioned storage (subversion), a tracker (trac), and wiki (trac or moinmoin), integrating them with the system’s own facilities (projects, users, permissions etc). KForge also provides a complete web interface for project administration as well a fully-developed plugin system so that new services and features can be easily added. – KForge
OpenProj is an open-source desktop project management application similar to Microsoft Project. OpenProj has a familiar user interface and even opens existing MS Project files. OpenProj is interoperable with Project, Gantt Charts and PERT charts.It is written in Java and cross platform application.
Advantages of web based Project Management Software
Doesn’t require any specific software – As this software is web based application there is no need of any specific software. You just have to upload you web module on your web server and do some basic configuration and it is ready to use.
No more compatibility issues – As this software run online there is no issue of operating system compatibility issue. You only need internet connection, any one browser [internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari etc]. Just enter the URL and carry out your work.
Centralized Database – The data is centralized in these applications so you can have same working experience whether you are working in one office or in different office. Your data is very much secure and hosted very safely.
Software Upgrade – One main problem with many desktop application is regarding the upgrade. when we are going to upgrade any software there is chances of data loss and loss of configuration settings. And also required much technical knowledge for doing up gradation process. But this is not the case with web based PMS
Optimized communication – Main problem in project execution failure is the communication gap between the team members, client and project manager. This software is used to overtake this problem. Because due to this online application your project are very much closer to you and all the responsible people can view the project related update with single click