The 2 Best Open Source Project Management Tools

Project management is arguably the most important discipline for any business. If your business can’t properly break down the tasks necessary to complete a project, estimate the time to complete those tasks, and prioritize that work, you’re at risk of setting improper expectations for customers.

While a host of commercial project management tools are available, businesses can also turn to open source options, which provide a similar level of functionality without a large outlay in software costs. That’s right, these three options are all free. Let’s take a look at two of the leading open source project management tools.

1. Redmine

Redmine is a popular web-based open source project management tool deployable with a wide variety of databases and web publishing platforms. Written in the Ruby on Rails development framework, Redmine lends itself to easy modification for businesses with internal development teams. It is a fully featured tool with a host of useful functionality suitable for software development projects or any project following a traditional structure.

Some of Redmine’s features include support for multiple projects, time tracking, role-based user control, Gantt chart and calendar views, and integration with most popular source control options. Project communication and collaboration is fostered through the tool’s built-in project wikis and forums. Redmine’s active user community serves as an excellent source for support and as a sounding board for new feature requests.

Businesses involved with projects suitable for the Gantt chart view should explore Redmine for project management. It provides an easy-to-use, full-featured experience resulting in fewer overruns, happier customers, and a more robust bottom line. Many enterprises, as well as non-profit and educational organizations, use the tool regularly.


2. Open Workbench

For businesses looking for an open source alternative to Microsoft Project, Open Workbench is an excellent option. It provides a standard desktop application look and feel, with a Gantt Chart view that should make any users of Microsoft’s tool feel right at home. CA Technologies also provides a version, but they require users looking for full enterprise features to subscribe to their own project management system, CA Clarity PPM.

While the software’s open source code base is older, it still allows businesses to benefit from being able to get a handle on their project workloads. For smaller businesses wanting to manage projects without all the other features of Redmine, Open Workbench remains a good option.

No matter the size of your business, these three open source project management tools are worth further exploration to see which application provides the best fit. All three provide the tangible business benefits gained from on-time, successful project completion.