Project Management Knowledge. 15 Free Tools for Web-based Collaboration. By Jacob Gube No man (or woman) is an island – and this statement can’t be any truer if you’re a designer or developer.
Though paid/subscription services like Basecamp and Zimbra are great, individuals strapped for cash have a ton of alternatives that provide similar (if not better) features. In this article, you’ll find 15 free tools to help you facilitate remote/web-based collaboration. Whether you need basic whiteboarding/brainstorming tools or fully-featured project management applications – you should be able to find a tool or two that’s worth checking out. Google Docs Google Docs is an excellent application for collaboration. Stixy Stixy is a flexible, online “bulletin board”/drawing board. Project2Manage Project2Manage is a fully-featured, free, hosted solution for project management and collaboration (similar to Basecamp). Bubbl.us bubbl.us is a free, web-based application for collaborative brainstorming.
Dabbleboard Dabbleboard is a robust, online whiteboard that’s easy to use. Skype. Tasks go Here, Milestones go There. A customer asked me about an interesting scenario recently that I thought I'd share.
As you know we've been focusing on the more project-centric templates from the 'Fabulous Forty' produced by Microsoft, but we haven't shown how you can roll up tasks and milestones and send subsets of information to specific lists in these templates. In this particular case, IntelliGantt shared tasks and milestones with full 2-way synchronization to the Project Tasks, but they also wanted to send milestones to the Project Milestones list that was also present in the site. The Project Milestones list was an easy way for stakeholders to quickly see a 'big picture' based on milestones being completed or not.
We thought this might happen, so we engineered IntelliGantt such that in addition to sharing individual projects, it could also 'export' groups of projects to lists of your choosing. Bamboo SharePoint Task Master. SharePoint Project Management with IntelliGantt and Bamboo Calen. I’m very impressed with the potential uses of SharePoint tasks for project management, and recently I’ve been working with the IntelliGantt Add-in for Microsoft Project 2007 to extend these capabilities.
The reason for this is that people want to create dependencies between tasks in their project (out of the box SharePoint can’t do this, but MS Project of course can) but still want to use the SharePoint tasks assignment and progress tracking capabilities. I’ve found Bamboo Solutions Calendar Plus web part works well here too, particularly the Gantt view which hooks up nicely to the project task list. More on this from Bamboo here. One of the nice features of the Calendar Plus Gantt view is the option to show milestones, as coloured flags, diamonds or triangles.
The web part lets you select any Yes/No column in your task or calendar list as the milestone column. I created a small test project and identified milestones accordingly. Which produces this type of display: Dotproject - Open Source Software. DotProject is a volunteer supported Project Management application.
There is no "company" behind this project, it is managed, maintained, developed and supported by a volunteer group and by the users themselves. For more about the product, what it does, etc please follow the links to the doc site at the top of site. The software is free to anyone who would like to download it. Day to day support is provided free by volunteers. If you would like to see the system in operation - use the Demo link in the modules list to the left top of the site. 15 Useful Project Management Tools. Advertisement by Cameron Chapman There is a huge variety of project management applications out there.
Most are general purpose apps, not aimed at any one industry. But there is a growing number of project management apps aimed specifically at one industry or another. Open Workbench - What is OWB? 5 Essential Tools for Project Management ( sharepoint + project. As a project manager in the 21st century when most of us have a blackberry smart phone, drive with a GPS-enabled car, use TiVo to record our favorite show and carry a Mac as our notebook of choice, you would think we are as sophisticated in leveraging the latest and greatest tools to support us in managing projects.
Guess again.As a project manager in the 21st century when most of us have a blackberry smart phone, drive with a GPS-enabled car, use TiVo to record our favorite show and carry a Mac as our notebook of choice, you would think we are as sophisticated in leveraging the latest and greatest tools to support us in managing projects. Guess again. A lot of project managers I know rely heavily on the following high-tech tools: E-mail.
Used for project communication. Wake up, people! Ok, hopefully I have opened your mind to the possibility of maybe, just maybe, improving not only your personal efficiency as a project manager but your whole project team as well.