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Open Source Project Management Solutions

Open Source Project Management Solutions

Open Project
Open Project is primarily based on project based formats for their design. This means that ANY type of project can use this solution! Check out our comparison chart to see the pros and cons.

Tiaga
Not only does Tiaga have an extremely cool name, but it follows this up with an extremely clean design. It just depends on whether you are after simplicity or whether you might need something more. They support just two different workflows which are Scrum and KanBan. Check out our comparison chart to see the pros and cons.

Tuleap
Tuleap also has a strong backing in usability design and development. The interface and design is simple to use. We were extremely impressed by the customization, as well as the fact that when they say open source they really mean open source. You are getting what they show you straight out of the box! Check out our comparison chart to see the pros and cons.

Orange Scrum
This is primarily focusing on the concepts and direction of making scrums more functional. While is completely serves this purpose it also lacks in the breadth that exists with some of the other solutions. Check out our comparison chart to see the pros and cons.

Redmine
Redmine has been around for a very long time and is used by a large community base. As well, it sports a great deal of diverse plugins for various versions. The major trouble being that while some of these plugins function on one version they are, most often, not upgraded to future releases. This leaves updating quite difficult! Check out our comparison chart to see the pros and cons.

LibrePlan
The design interface of LibrePlan makes it difficult to understand and use. The usability leaves the person wondering what all the areas are and how to use them. As well, there has not been a consistant and continued development stream within this project tragically. Check out our comparison chart to see the pros and cons.

MyCollab
It would appear that MyCollab was built with the idea of software project in mind. The free version, which is open source, is available to be installed on any server. Furthermore, the system appears to be much less configurable and customizable straight out of the box. Check out our comparison chartto see the pros and cons.

Recently, a potential client approached us to do an analysis on Project Management solutions. We tailored our approach surrounding Open Source solutions as this can, most often, become more affordable if not completely free for organizations. As well, the solution must be cloud based in order to provide access to a wide range of tools. Our analysis looked at a broad range of options and narrowed them down to 7 most popular Open Source solutions. We then analysed and compared their pros and cons.

The Final Break Down

Project name Rating Features Community
Plugins
Community
Support
Comments Last
Updated
Tiaga 9.5/10 Scrum, Kanban, Wiki, Issues, Tasks, Customization of interface, Test permissions Very few Community Support Slick interface, BUT still beta, & no community plugins Beta
Tuleap 9.5/10 Documents, Wiki, Forums, Gannt chart, Graphs, Kanban, Waterflow / V-Model / Agile design No Community Support Customizable dashboard, easy to use interface, modify states using Drag n Drop, and you can create your own hybrid workflow design using combinations of Agile, Workflow, etc. 8.11
Open Project 8/10 Calendar, Timelines, Roadmaps, Meetings, Budgets, Forums, News Open Project & Community Plugins Yes! Configurable dashboard, loads of extensions, but could use a bit more usability work 5.0
Redmine 7/10 Tasks, Projects, Issues, Wiki, and Documents Community Plugins Community Support Redmine has a load of community plugins, but plugins are not regularly updated. Also, it’s interface can be hard for users. 3.2
Orange Scrum 4/10 Tasks, Gantt Charts, Multi-language ($99), Time log ($99) No No Lost major points because cloud version theme, hosted on their site, is different and not accessible in open source version Downloadable
MyCollab 3/10 Basic project management, limited user accessibility, addition features for $99/yr (Calendar, team collaboration, etc) No No Open source yes, but limited in its feature set also! Not to mention that the interface is really hard to navigate and/or customize 5.2.8
LibrePlan 3/10 Timeline, Resources, Cost Analysis, Tickets, etc No No Extremely hard to use interface and has not been updated in over a year. It seems this system was not entirely based around flexibility & modification. The user interface is complicated and less than simple to use 2013 yipes

What do you think? Have we missed anything do you think there are points warranting more points?