Project management · Organization

Any recommendations on free Project Management Software?

Manolis Sfinarolakis

May 23rd, 2014

We are in the process of determining if we would need to create our own project management tool or if there are some good free alternatives that we can use to manage our startup ecosystem.  Anyone have any good suggestions on project management tools they use?

Dharmendra Sarkar

May 25th, 2014

I've found Asana useful.  It has integration for version control and online repositories.  worth checking.

Tony Daou Entrepreneur, Purchasing Professional, Engineer and Leader with Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Process Eng. experience

May 24th, 2014

  I recommend the spreadsheet approach for a project manager actively engaged in the project because these advanced tracking applications take lots of time to administer. On the other hand, if a project manager's sole role is to manage projects, then by all means spend freely and chose a program that suits your need and level of expertise. 

  I used MS Project and a couple other programs to manage both small and large scale projects throughout my career in engineering before I finally switch exclusively to Excel Spreadsheets.  For me, there was(is) no simpler way to drive and maintain a project.

Anonymous

June 27th, 2014

it all depends of your type of industry, we've been using Teamwork for the past 3 months and have been very pleased with it, better than Basecamp or any online based products we've tried in the past.

Anonymous

July 6th, 2014

Manolis,
Some time has passed since your original posting so you have likely already selected a path. I am curious as to what you chose and how it is working out for you. You didn't mention what you would be managing using the pm software. Software? Production mgmt? Event planning? Research? Building a new facility? 
In my experience, project mgmt tools are rarely one-size-fits-all and the free tools out there are not created equal. Managing a project extends much further than creating a Jira queue or a gantt chart.
Hands-on planning with an experienced facilitator is a powerful team building exercise that sets the stage for a shared vision of where you're heading. Book-end your projects with retrospectives to capture institutional memory so other teams can share in your learnings and don't reinvent the wheel.
Namaste,
Amy

Lise Rubarth Experienced Digital Strategist & Consultant

August 2nd, 2014

TeamworkPM is so much better than Basecamp (having used both extensively).  JIRA is quite powerful, but you'll need to build it out for your custom dev workflow and potentially add on integration modules for things like integrating with your repository or builds & release management. If you're going to use JIRA, then you probably want to also deploy Confluence as well (or use Zapier to integrate with another more robust, compatible PM system).

John Sechrest

May 28th, 2014

I recommend starting with the book "Personal Kanban" and then understanding the kanban support tools that are out there.

Kate Hiscox

May 23rd, 2014

This project management software might mean the difference between on time and total fail. Don't build your own. Use Jira or Pivotal but let that decision be based on how you use it and who will manage it.

Stephen Graves LF tech cofounder for B2B real estate application

July 6th, 2014

For myself, both Asana and Trello have proven useful as free/freemium products. As someone who has done a lot of project management in both agile and waterfall shops, the real task is finding a software that will fit your needs. As Amy mentions above, what is useful for software development may not work so well for personal care products. MS Project is the old standard for waterfall type planning but these days you had better be iterating as fast as possible to keep ahead of the curve.

Vince Teodoro Senior Experience Designer & Innovation Catalyst

July 1st, 2014

Ditto Dharmendra. Asana is very useful. Facebook along with many companies large and small use it. 

For a small team, it's FREE. Love being able to reply to email notifications along with its cross-platform versatility.

Devin Andrew Impact Investor; Chief Creative Officer for #R3SET

July 5th, 2014

My team has found trello to be extremely flexible for a large variety of projects for everything from overall business strategy to web design to employee on boarding  and even film projects.     It's gotten quite a large overhaul since we originally tested it a year ago.    1 year later, we just completed the switch from a combination of podio and producteev from jive. 

Integration with automation tool zapier makes it even more powerful. although that applies to many of the tools recommended here. 

Feel free to message me for some specific implementation strategies.