This article is going to introduce you to the best available open-source project management software. Before we look at those details, let us take a look at the reasons why a Project Manager should choose to use a Project Management software (let it be open source or a paid version, based on the Organizational structure and requirements).
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Organizations always continuously strive towards working on accomplishing tasks, most of the time these tasks spanning across multiple teams and multiple locations.
There are always more than just a bunch of people try to accomplish the project deliverables and when the counts (teams, or resources) go beyond the benchmarks then their project management tasks will span across multiple project managers.
Tracking these tasks, resources, and deliverables on different software and different project managers can often become very unmanageable. This section of the article provides a list of the points that need to be tracked using any of the project management software across the organization, in a unanimous way:
Whether you are a full-time project manager or a part-time project manager, you are always taking part in Project Management activities. Considering that fact, it is very important for you to keep track of the team, tasks and a clear goal of the end date (with all changes to tasks individually or as a whole) always.
This task gets very hectic if you don’t follow a specific way of tracking it manually or choose a tool to do the same for you. Since that we are at the right point to get our hands dirty with the available options (open source), let us get down to business.
The very first choice and the best of the rest of the software which provides the basic open-source Project Management is Bitrix24. It is entirely free for an unlimited number of users/resources. There is a limit on the storage of 5GB per month though, it can be extended for an additional cost.
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FreedCamp is almost the first on the list along with Bitrix24 but has a small lacking in the project management capabilities as provided by the software earlier. Nevertheless, if your requirements meet with this one, it is viable to option to choose this over Bitrix24 safely.
Having said that, let us look at the advantages and disadvantages of this software usage as such:
OrangeScrum is one of the best free project management tools for IT teams. The on-premise version is absolutely free for usage but the cloud version costs a little over 10$ a month (but the support for the same is not one of the best).
It provides the groundwork for any of the agile software development projects and also supports resource management effectively.
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Asana is one of the best project management tools available for up to 15 users (on the free version). It has an active forum with an overall score of 4.5 on 5 maintaining it pretty well. One of the best features of this tool is the design by Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook.
Wrike is also the best open-source software choice, which offers its free services for a maximum of 5 users and with a limited storage space of 2GB. It provides loads of integrations as like Google drive, Baux, iCal and etc.
This tool kicks off the second half of the open-source projects that can be used. Provides support for native iPhone and iPad applications. Provides integration options such as Dropbox, GitHub, Zendesk, Google drive.
This is the next open-source tool that has all similar features and complexity to Microsoft Project. This tool provides Gantt and PERT charts in HTML and PDF formats, also provides scheduling and time management features in the tool itself.
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Zoho projects provide a feature to have as many users as required but with limited storage of 10MB, though there are not any features unavailable for free usage. Extended storage is upgradable at an additional cost.
From the list of all open-source software, 2-Plan Project Management software stands out unique because of its 3 free features – Desktop, Web-based, and Scrum-based task management boards for any number of projects.
One of the best open-source project management tools which focus only on the Agile way of development. The open-source version is limited to only one private project (unlimited public projects) and limited to 4 resources to collaborate.
There are no limitations on the usage of the Open-source version of the tool.
In this article, we have tried to understand the need for project management software firstly and how effective a project manager becomes if there is a unanimous tool being used within an organization.
To provide a brief gist use either Bitrix24 or FreedCamp as your first choice for Project Management if you’re free to choose the tool for your Organization. You can use Tiaga if you are limited to an agile way of development or Wrike for smaller teams to collaborate without compromising on the Project Management tool features as compared with the other tools as such.