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November 19, 2015

5 open source project management tools to help you collaborate

List: You don't have to spend a fortune on project management software.

By Charlotte Henry

Project Management tools have traditional been expensive pieces of software, but the open source community is changing that. Here are some tools you should know about.

ProjectLibre

This is an open source equivalent of Microsoft Project, in a similar way to how LibreOffice was an open source version of Microsoft Office. It says it has been downloaded 1,750,000 in over 210 countries and is used by major firms such as Cisco, Accenture and Boeing.

ProjectLibre is compatibility with Microsoft Project 2010, allows users to create Gantt charts, PERT char, and network diagrams, as well calculate earned value costing.

Open Project

A community of 81 contributors produce 4 releases of this software each yaer year. Its features include work packages so you can organise a project’s requirements, assign responsibilities, and configure individual work flows, timelines, as well as Agile and Scrum functionality.
The makers also offer enterprise services such as installation and plugin development.

LibrePlan

A web based application, LibrePlan can has a multiproject focus .Projects can be planned with Gantt, and it allows for managers to view projects being worked on across a firm, as well as drilling down into specific projects. Key features of a project such as number of hours invested can be viewed.

The software can be configured by users or LibrePlan can be hired to do make the configurations.

GanttProject

No surprise given the name, Gantt chart’s are one of the key features of this software. Users can create task and milestones, organise tasks by work breakdown, draw dependency constraints and set baselines. PERT charts can also be created in read only view. Other key feature likes the creation of human resources have now been added.

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The software can run offline, and 20,000 dowloads are served every month.

Agilefant

The firm’s source code and licenses are available on Github. Although it is powerful, unlike other versions of the software, the opensource version does not have all the latest features, which the paid version does, such as real time updates, attachments, and customizable roadmap boards.

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