11 Project Management Software

by July 15, 2016 5 comments

The most popular open source project management software for Opensource.com readers. Here are the projects which had new releases, notable new and improved features, and more.


Harvest is a great software for your resource -based project management and reporting. In this, you have a different invoicing system, through which you can easily bill up to your clients with a click of a single button. It makes the billing systems easy.



Trello uses a method called Kanban, a project management system which allows users to move cards—representative of tasks—to create a visual representation of where a project is in development. It supports iPhone, Android and Windows 8 mobile platforms, however, its website has been designed to be accessible on most mobile web browsers. It added support for an unlimited number of tags, in the form of colored labels that can be renamed and new ones created. Cards accept comments, attachments, notes, due dates, and checklists.


3. MyCollab

MyCollab-Project is the tool we’re looking at in this case and has many features, like a Gantt chart and milestones, to time tracking, issue management, risk and problem management. MyCollab-Project comes in three editions, of which the Community Edition is the free option. The source code is on GitHub .GitHub is used in place of a traditional forum, where they accept contributions and provide support.



Bitrix24 is a project management system that complete suite of social collaboration, communication and management tools for your team. You can use the self-hosted version of Bitrix24 to run on your server. You get full control over data, source code access, and additional tools, such as helpdesk and e-learning, as well as integration and customization options.


5. Gantt Project

The management platform allows users to quickly create a structured schedule for any project. It offers task assignment and milestone implementation. The open-source software also enables project managers to identify problem areas in the workflow so that companies can set goals for improvement. Gantt Project is another open-source free project scheduling and management tool. Reviewers have compared this heavy-hitting application to Microsoft Project—both in terms of features offered and complexity.


6.  Agilefant

Agilefant offers a free and open source product that can be downloaded and deployed into your own private cloud. Called a solo plan, you can also sign up for a free cloud offering. Agilefant has focused on agile approaches involving Kanban and Scrum, but also can be bent to support traditional approaches to project management such as the waterfall method.


7. Asana

Asana is an intuitive task management system that works best for teams seeking real-time interaction. Asana allows its users to visualize their goals, track their time, assign priority to their tasks, and get updates on the project right in the program. It also has a calendar function to graph the team’s tasks right onto the dashboard. It is added an Android app, the ability to convert a task to a project, conversations, and dashboards.


8. Orange Scrum

Orange Scrum is a modern project management tool for freelancers, agencies, and small and medium businesses. Features include a scrum task board, resource planning, progress tracking, and more. It is designed for use by IT companies, education and health services, construction and manufacturing, and others. The OrangeScrum developer community has an active forum and roadmap. It provides the groundwork for agile software development and resource management.


9. LibrePlan

LibrePlan is a web-based application, making project management available to not just the project manager, but the entire project team, and if necessary across organizations. This is another full-featured tool supporting resource allocation, Gantt charts, financials, and more. These features coupled with a web-based application make LibrePlan a great collaboration platform.


10. Taiga

Taiga is an open source project management platform in beta for startups, agile developers, and designers.Taiga is a tool that aims to solve the basic problem of software usability. Designed with this sole aim, the developers claim it’s beautiful to look at all day long. With a focus on agile development, Taiga has all of the required features such as a backlog, Kanban, tasks, sprints, and issues. Taiga is open source under the GNU Affero GPLv3 and available on GitHub.


11. Odoo

Odoo, formerly known as OpenERP, is a full suite of business applications, of which Odoo project management is just one. It is multiplatform and supports Windows, Fedora, CentOS, RHEL, and others.Odoo has a professional community with everything a user or developer needs, including forums, documentation, IRC, tracker, GitHub, and more. The tool can easily be adapted to meet your own project management methods. It’s also highly collaborative, allowing for multiple members to work on proposals or minutes at the same time and sending tasks as emails automatically.


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  1. Nandini
    #1 Nandini 28 July, 2016, 10:14

    Great list Sonam. I’d like to share another web-based tool that you may consider i.e. ProofHub. It is online solution that helps in project management, task management and collaboration. Additioanlly features like time tracking, reports, gantt chart, custom roles, inbuilt live chat, proofing tool, milestones, events and file sharing makes it more suitable for individuals. https://www.proofhub.com/

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  2. Aidan
    #2 Aidan 29 July, 2016, 15:06

    We use InLoox in our organization, and they definitely deserve a place in the list of the best PM software with their latest update. InLoox’s Outlook integration is unrivaled imo.

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  3. cgollapu
    #3 cgollapu 31 July, 2016, 02:09

    Honestly, there are too many tools trying to do the same and they all vary peripheral features like communication and comments etc. For all of my colleagues in Engineering Product Development – let me know if you have come across that works best for you. After years of frustration I played a role in creating THINK-PLAN-DO framework for Engineering NPD. The framework can be applied by anyone see it implemented as an online tool on Entroids dot com. You should see it if you are in Engineering NPD

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