Alternatives to PHProjekt
Collaboration is often the key to success, and many enterprises rely on project management software to coordinate their team projects. PHProjekt is one of the more popular project management systems currently in use. It is a free, open source, collaborative software that allows workers and management to easily coordinate group activities through a simple web application. Team members, whether in-house or working from disparate locations, can easily remain in constant communication with each other via the PHProjekt interface. Management can assign tasks, and employees can easily share and review documents and data to keep projects moving ahead on time and on budget.
PHProjekt went through many iterations over the years, and its success on the market was undeniable. However, in 2012, Mayflower (the firm responsible for its development) abandoned any further development of the software. With no new iterations or bug fixes in the pipeline, it fell to the open source community to provide continued support for PHProjekt. Though the software has technically been discontinued by its original creators, it is still widely available and continues to be used. Still, the lack of ongoing development by Mayflower has led many users to search for alternatives to PHProjekt. Fortunately, there are a number of viable alternatives to PHProjekt for business owners and management teams to choose from.
Project Management Software
Effective project management software should simplify the planning, scheduling, and resource allocation of a group project. It should facilitate collaboration between team members, while allowing management to control costs, monitor the performance of collaborators, and review the quality of the team's output. The most basic project management system should address the following primary concerns:
- Project planning: a project manager should be able to use the system to map a project's tasks and define the project's schedule
- Prioritizing projects: project managers should be able to rank projects according to value, strategic importance, required effort, and cross-department collaborations
- Task management: project managers should be able to easily create and assign tasks to team members, setting deadlines and receiving status reports
- Team Collaboration: team members should be able to easily share documents and data via a centralized repository, improving performance and increasing productivity
- Calendar and contact updates: project time-lines should be easily updated to reflect scheduled meetings, deliverables, and new contacts;
- Time tracking: project managers should be able to easily track performance times for all scheduled tasks.
Over and above these core features project management software should deliver the flexibility and scalability enterprises need to meet, or exceed, team performance expectations and productivity levels. It should be easily integrated into the business environment, while providing the necessary security and support features enterprises expect from a business application.
Alternative Project Management Software
While PHProjekt may have a long history in the industry, it is by no means the only project management software on the market. There is a variety of alternatives, many of which match or surpass PHProjekt's performance profile. Some of these applications are, like PHProjekt, free and open source. Others are licensed as Software as a Service (SaaS), and require users to pay a subscription fee.
- Odoo: project management is just one of the business applications available to users of Odoo. The software is fully compatible with both Windows and Linux platforms, and can be extended to other operating systems if needed. Odoo's project management application makes it easy for team managers to organize and schedule projects. Live chat and email allows collaborators to remain in constant communication while working. Features include Gantt charts, a Kanban view, and analytical graphs to track project performance. Odoo's community edition is free and open source, with advanced options requiring paid subscription.
- Taiga: a free and open source project management application developed primarily for start-ups and smaller enterprises. The software includes standard project management features such as backlog, tasks, sprints and issues. Taiga seamlessly integrates with GitHub and GitLab, making it an ideal fit for developers. The software is highly customizable, and has been designed with a simple and intuitive interface.
- OrangeScrum: one of the premier open source project management tools. This free application is easy to install, and is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems. Features include a scrum task board, resource planning, progress tracking, and Gantt chart views. OrangeScrum supports quick file sharing via Dropbox and Google drive. While the software is free and open source, professional support and maintenance is available for an annual fee.
- ProjectLibre: this is marketed as the free, open source, alternative to Microsoft Project. It is compatible with Linux, Windows, and Mac. The software supports basic task management, resource allocation, and tracking of projects. ProjectLibre's key features include Gantt charts, resource histograms, and WBS/RBS charts. A cloud-based version of the software is currently in development.
- OpenProject: a full featured project management application with a highly intuitive user interface. The software supports Agile and Scrum teamwork and work flow from multiple locations. OpenProject provides full featured support for the entire life cycle of a project. It offers enhanced task management features, time line reporting, and time and cost analysis. Management and team members can use the integrated wiki features to preview and edit tasks, compare evolving content, and monitor projects.
- Asana: this promotes complete and easy collaboration between remote workers and management. The platform's features support effective project planning and task management through email integration, file sharing, and status and milestone tracking. The uncomplicated interface makes Asana an ideal fit for project managers with limited computer skills. There is a free option for start-ups and small businesses with fewer than 15 participants, while larger organizations will be required to pay a subscription fee.
- Basecamp: a web-based project management application designed to integrate with mobile devices. The application allows project managers to easily schedule and track all major milestones, deadlines, and events through an intuitive interface. Team members can easily collaborate via real time chat, message boards, and comment threads. Documents and files can be remotely stored for easy retrieval by administrators or team members. Team leaders can schedule automatic checks to monitor the progress of all assigned tasks, and can access regular progress reports from team members. Though Basecamp may lack some of the more advanced features of other, more expensive, project management applications, the availability of third-party add-ons makes the platform highly customizable and a good fit for small to mid-sized enterprises.
Project management software can be an effective tool for enterprises of all types and sizes. However, like any tool, it is important to choose the right one for the job. PHProjekt has long been the go-to solution for smaller organizations needing project management software. But with PHProjekt no longer in development, it may be time for business owners and project leaders to look towards the alternatives and assess which platform is right for their organization.
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