Project Management SoftwareBy
Once you take on more that one client or more than you can keep track of in your own mental filing system, it is time to take a look at project management methods. For many years I have been able to get away with a combination of a MS Excel spreadsheet, paper to-do lists, and good communication. However, that is no longer the case and it is time for me to shop around for a project management system that will best serve my needs.
Microsoft Project is one product I have experience with and it gets rave reviews, however, I am not willing to pay the price, especially when there are much more affordable (free) products out there that will accomplish the same thing.
BaseCamp is a very popular collaboration and project management tool, and they do have a free 30-day trial, but by the looks of it, you really need to go with the Personal ($12 per month) or Basic ($24 per month) plan in order to get the type of functionality that will make the product valuable.
But everyone likes FREE, and those of us who are accustomed to web-based, open source applications like WordPress, tend to gravitate to similar products.
ActiveCollab is a free, web-based, open source collaboration and project management tool. Plus I can’t help but love a company that has learned the value of a blog and has the sense of humor to title a post “Eating Your Own Dog Food.”Â There is no limitation to the number of products you can manage, you install it on your own server, and get this, it’s portable! You can install it on a flash drive and take it with you. I think I am going to give it a try. (Thanks to Liz for letting me know about it.)
How about you? What project management tools are you using? What would you recommend, what would you avoid? I’d love to know!