10 Free Project Management Tools to Fit Your Needs

Posted: March 16, 2012 in Must Watch

For the last couple of months I have been wanting to create a new simple project management application. My needs were and still are, for an application that has the most basic features wrapped up in a good looking user interface. I’m still considering creating the app, but for now I just want to keep on researching. As a result of my research I’ve compiled 10 free and open source project management applications. Let’s take a look over the most promising of them.

project management 10 Free Project Management Tools to Fit Your Needs

1. Retrospectiva

Retrospectiva is a powerful open-source project management tool, designed towards agile software development teams. It features a solid core with ticket system, code review and milestones, but it also has powerful addons like wiki, blog or agile project management.

retrospectiva 10 Free Project Management Tools to Fit Your Needs

http://www.retrospectiva.org/

2. Trac

Trac is one powerful issue tracking tool judging by the fact that WordPress development is tracked using it. Trac is an enhanced open-source wiki and issue tracking system for software development projects. It uses a minimalistic approach to web-based software project management.

trac 10 Free Project Management Tools to Fit Your Needs

http://trac.edgewall.org/

3. Collabtive

Collabtive is web-based open source project management software. It was developed as an PHP&Javascript alternative to commercial project management tools like Basecamp. It features basic project management features and it has a decent and usable user interface.

collabtive 10 Free Project Management Tools to Fit Your Needs

http://collabtive.o-dyn.de/index.php

4. Teambox

Although it is a rather new player in the project management area, Teambox can be seen as one of the future leaders. It is developed as an open source application and it benefits from a simple and clean user interface similar to Twitter. It supports multiple projects, statuses, document attachments.

Teambox 10 Free Project Management Tools to Fit Your Needs

http://www.teambox.com/

5. Redmine

Redmine is a great project management tool based on Ruby on Rails and released under GPL v2. It has multiple projects support, news, documents & files management, time tracking and even multilingual support.

Speaking of time tracking software, there are a lot of commercial applications offering good value for money. You just need to know your expectations and how much you want to pay.

redmine 10 Free Project Management Tools to Fit Your Needs

http://www.redmine.org/

6. SteberPM

Continuing the open source trend, we will place SteberPM in this list. Teams can easily setup projects and keep track of tasks, issues, bugs, efforts etc – using SteberPM.

steberPM 10 Free Project Management Tools to Fit Your Needs

http://www.streber-pm.org/

7. Todoyu

This application has a more compact yet visually rich interface compared to previous project management tools. Todoyu features are: manage multiple projects, overview your customer’s data, assign tasks, share files, group calendars and meet deadlines.

todoyu 10 Free Project Management Tools to Fit Your Needs

http://www.todoyu.com/en/todoyu/

8. OpenAtrium

With one impressive set of features as well as a clean and well executed user interface, OpenAtrium will definitely succeed against commercial tools. It is still in beta and probably when it will be stable, OpenAtrium will make happy a lot of teams.

atrium 10 Free Project Management Tools to Fit Your Needs

http://openatrium.com/

9. PlanCake

Probably light is the term that comes into my mind when I see the user interface from PlanCake. It is super light and clean and it provides fast response to your actions. And considering that the project is free, it can make a lot of friends in freelancers.

plancake 10 Free Project Management Tools to Fit Your Needs

http://www.plancake.com/

10. myTinyTodo

I’ve left this application at the end because it is one of my favorites. Not because of its features but because of the simplicity and speed. myTinyTodo is as the name says a tiny todo list. The best thing about it is that you are quite productive using it and it serves its purpose: todo manager for individuals and freelancers.

mytinytodo 10 Free Project Management Tools to Fit Your Needs

http://www.mytinytodo.net/

 

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