Too many clients, too many projects, too many processes. Every IT/ service company struggles between catering to the quality, the client requirements and their deadlines. Ever wondered how such software development companies really keep up with all these project necessities on-the-go?
Project management has time and again proved to be the backbone of an organization’s success in all spheres and the usage of apt tools makes the performance efficient. Managing a project without a project management tool or software as you may say is a hard nut to crack. Company’s efficiency can be achieved by various methods but there are certain operational processes which on automation can increase the efficiency ten folds.
Here are top 5 free and open source softwares , you can’t do without if project management is the core to your business model :
Freedcamp - For a single user or multiple users looking for a web based project management tool , Freedcamp is a good option . It uses cloud computing and gives you a world class experience . It is a free tool that gives you centralized system to allocate work to people, set targets, schedule activities on calendar and keep a track on everything. User friendly, pocket friendly and diverse, this is one quick fix to all your problems. doodleblue swears by this one in building quality products and delivering as per the schedule.
Producteev - Everything that you need for team task management is provided here at free of cost. Producteev is a social task management application created to channelize and monitor project activities . It is best suited for your daily environment as it easily integrates with email and has the potential of adding attachments from your handy device. You can turn to a premium plan once satisfied with the basic service it renders.
Ganttproject - Ganttproject is a desktop software for project management and is based on Java . It can be operated on Windows , Linux and MacOSX . It features the most basic functions of project management such as gantt charts and resource load charts . It wouldn’t offer you advanced features of cost accounting message and document control but will be of great help since it is best at what it’s developed for.
Meister Task -Blend of tools such as Slack - team collaboration tool , GitHub - web based version control system for software development repository hosting service and Zendesk - ticketing, self service options and customer support features provided by Zendesk ,Inc. will allow you to work effectively and at a constant pace . Meister Task is said to be the most intuitive task management tool on the web. It is suitable for for every field . while the basic version is all about simple and fun task management and the pro version is a powerful tool which offers strong integrations and workflow automations.
Asana – Asana is yet another tool to monitor team work and get good results .It is a web based software to improve team collaboration. Projects can be planned and managed online providing workspace to every individual. Workspace comprises of projects and projects contain tasks. Comments , notes , attachments and tags can be added by the users for respective task. It can be easily adopted at an enterprise scale.
These tools are just perfect and self sufficient in their own way. They offer you nothing less than value for time, ease of handling, efficiency and effectiveness - many problems one solution. Use them to get a structure for your processes and a standard to your deliverables.
Collaborator: Khyati Tambi