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Project Management Software

Can someone plz recommend a good web-based project management software?  The software should be able to track schedules, deadlines, emails, task(s) assigned to team members and display MS Office documents.  I am looking for an inexpensive solution.

Intekhab Mufti
Monday, May 13, 2002


"Xtreme Programming Installed" by Jeffries, et al, is all ya need.

Oh, and some 3"x5" index cards and a pencil. :-)

(Seriously, read the book.  It'll presents and interesting case, even if you don't use it.)

regards,

Matt Heusser
Monday, May 13, 2002

Check XPlanner.  www.xplanner.org

Nat Ersoz
Monday, May 13, 2002

Nat: 404

A.
Tuesday, May 14, 2002

http://xplanner.sourceforge.net/

But is XPlanner better than Sourceforge or the better-programmed GNU Savannah?

My company uses an expensive package that I've only touched once.  It seemed too bloated.  Looking at all these, they're just packaging a bunch of mediocre products (bug tracking, etc) behind one interface.  But I suppose the learning curve is kinder.

anon
Tuesday, May 14, 2002

I sort of agree with the first response to the question, although I don't know the XP Project Mgmt. book.

I've never been on a project where the PM aspects *needed* to be improved by a piece of software. So often, PM needs more understanding of people's roles and abilities, more frequent and close contact with developers and clients, and more obsessive attention to the schedule, budget, and deliverables.

Seriously, get a huge wall (or a whole room) and get everything on it, get a calendar and update it as often as you can, get a spreadsheet and make sure that every hour possible is tracked, and yes get those 3x5 cards and break everything down into small tasks and organize them.

Andrew
Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Why is everyone forgetting to mention Post-It's? They're great because they stick to the wall by themselves. When you're trying to chart a critical path, there's nothing as good as Post-It's! (JMO)

skautsch
Tuesday, May 14, 2002

"is XPlanner better than Sourceforge or the better-programmed GNU Savannah"

fuck knows. i can't even get it to run.

nope
Wednesday, May 15, 2002

I've just seen the printout of "Rational Suite Enterprise". Has no idea whether it's good or bad, but it's description seems to meet what you need:
http://www.rational.com/products/entstudio/index.jsp

Does anybody has any experience with this tool ?

Evgeny Goldin
Wednesday, May 15, 2002

I've used Rational's "ClearCase".  I hated it.  It forces you into creating a branch and merge with every check out and check in.  Some config mgmt type admins love CC.  I hated it with a passion.

Some good tools for source control:

Perforce, RCS, PVCS.  Liked 'em all.  I like Perforce best of all, but it is $600/seat.  Mighty powerful though.  Mighty powerful.

Nat Ersoz
Wednesday, May 15, 2002

<< I've just seen the printout of "Rational Suite Enterprise". Has no idea whether it's good or bad, but it's description seems to meet what you need:
http://www.rational.com/products/entstudio/index.jsp

Does anybody has any experience with this tool ? >>

Limited experience. INCREDIBLY powerful tool. INCREDIBLY expensive tool.

Martin L. Shoemaker
Wednesday, May 15, 2002

<< I've just seen the printout of "Rational Suite Enterprise". Has no idea whether it's good or bad, but it's description seems to meet what you need:
http://www.rational.com/products/entstudio/index.jsp

Does anybody has any experience with this tool ? >>

I've used it, it's amazingly clunky. I'm not going back to that thing *ever*.
None of the thousands of dollars customers pay Rational go to improve usability.

alekzander
Friday, May 17, 2002

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