Project management

Tomasz Miklis1), tmiklis@gmail.com

Research freeware on-line project management and group work software.



WebCollab (GPL)

WebCollab ia a collaborative web-based system for projects and project management. The software is ideally suited to tracking multiple projects and innumerable small tasks across an organisation of any size. Particular attention has been paid to security (only one security report in seven years of use). Because of many years of daily production use WebCollab is robust and scalable.

Some notable user features in WebCollab include:

  • Easy to read and intuitive screen layouts,
  • Individual users are assigned rights and permissions (users can also be put into groups with controlled rights and permissions),
  • Projects and tasks progress and approaching deadlines are graphically highlighted,
  • Changes are personally highlighted for other users to see,
  • Changes and new items can be emailed to affected users.

In WebCollab tasks are the individual assignments within the project. Tasks are assigned to a user, and have a completion date. They can be classed as:

  • 'Planned' - Not yet started, and no fixed end date. Good for bookmarking future work.
  • 'New' - Set up, but maybe not assigned to anyone yet. Has an end date deadline.
  • 'Active'- Task underway, and has an end date deadline.
  • 'On Hold' - Can't be finished. No fixed end date.
  • 'Completed' - The user has completed the task.

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Codendi (XEROX)

Codendi is an open-source collaborative development platform offered by Xerox. In a single interface, it gathers several tools for software development teams: management and versioning of code (Subversion and CVS), bugs, requirements, documents, reporting, tests (Salome TMF), plugins Eclipse.

Codendi helps:

  • organize software project processes,
  • improve schedule management,
  • increase software delivery quality,
  • favor collaboration between project teams,
  • facilitate the implementation of methodologies: Agile methods, Scrum, CMMi, etc.

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Collabtive (Philipp Kiszka)

Collabtive is written in PHP5 and uses an ajax-based user interface. It is multilanguage capable, supporting more than 20 languages. Collabtive integrates with other webservices via an XML API. It also provides importing functionality for data from other applications. It allows to work with To-do lists, Milestones, Files, and to track the time worked on specific tasks.

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eGroupWare (Open Source Project)

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.

It currently has translations for more than 25 languages, including rtl support. It depends on a standard X-AMP System and as such requires no specific operating system. Most popular internet browsers are supported for use as web based clients.

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dotProject (Adam Donnison et al.)

dotProject is a web-based, multi-user, multi-language Project Management application. It is an open-source software and free for any uses and is maintained by an open community of volunteer programmers.

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OpenGoo (Feng Office)

OpenGoo is an open source online office suite software package developed by Feng Office and the OpenGoo community. It is a fully featured online office suite with a similar set of features as alternatives: Google Apps, Microsoft Office Live, Zimbra, and Zoho. The application can be downloaded and installed on a server. Its main features include document management, contact management, e-mail, project management, and time management.

OpenGoo could also be categorized as collaborative software and as personal information manager software.

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Project.net (Project.net)

Project.net is an open source, enterprise scale project management application for Microsoft Windows and Unix operating systems. Project.net is commercial open source. Support and training are available from Project.net Inc. of Bedford, Massachusetts.

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ProjectPier (ProjectPier.org team)

ProjectPier is a free software (open-source), web-based collaboration and project management tool. It is based on a fork of the activeCollab project after it was made commercial and proprietary. It is written in PHP and uses the MySQL database. Project Pier focuses on the key to effective Project Management being communication - not the traditional model which focuses on Gantt charts and time estimates.

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Redmine (Jean-Philippe Lang)

Redmine is an open source, web-based project management and bug-tracking tool. It includes calendar and gantt charts to aid visual representation of projects and their deadlines. It supports multiple projects.

Redmine design is significantly influenced by Trac, a similar software package.

Redmine is written using the Ruby on Rails framework. It is cross-platform and cross-database.

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  1. Research open on-line project management and collaborative work software.
  2. Analysis of information available at official websites, Wikipedia and user forums.
  3. Comparison of functionality of different platforms.



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