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Best Open Source Project Management Software

This section covers project management software. There’s a wide range of open source software available in this category. The three recommended solutions let you manage any type of project throughout its life cycle.

Project management tools offer many advantages when it comes to project planning and tracking. Gantt charts are synonymous with project management. The ability to get an overview of a project visually in the form of a simple to understand chart should not be underestimated. But good project management software offers so much more functionality.

Without further ado, here are our open source award winners in the project management category.

Project Management - Best Open Source Software

Gold medal awardOdoo (formerly OpenERP) is a suite of open-source business apps written in Python. The main Odoo Apps include an Open Source CRM, Website Builder, eCommerce, Warehouse Management, Project Management, Billing & Accounting, Point of Sale, Human Resources, Marketing, Manufacturing, Purchase Management, and more. It's project services are particularly strong.
License: GNU Lesser General Public License, Version 3
Silver medal awardOpenProject is just pipped by Odoo. OpenProject's strengths are its easy of use, and the powerful set of features, supporting the project management process along the entire project life cycle.
License: GNU General Public License v3
Bronze medal awardMyCollab is a strong challenger to Odoo and Open Project. The software consists of three powerful modules covering project management, CRM and document management.
License: GNU Affero General Public License v3.0

About Project Management

Project management tools encompass many different types of software such as scheduling, resource allocation, collaboration software, quality management, and cost control / budget management. This type of software is typically used by project managers looking to plan and control resources, costs and schedules to meet the objectives of a project.

To help plan a project, there are a number of different types of project management tools. One of the industry standards is the Gantt Chart, which provides a graphical displays of all the tasks that a project is composed of. Each bar on the chart is a graphical representation of the length of time the task is planned to take. Other popular tools include PERT charts (a method for analysing the tasks involved in completing a project), Product Breakdown Structure (a hierarchical tree structure of components that make up a project deliverable), and Work Breakdown Structure (a hierarchical tree structure of deliverables and tasks that need to be performed to complete a project).

Project management software can be implemented as a Web application, accessed through an intranet or extranet using a web browser.

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