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For my current project I had to search around a lot for a good project management tool. In the end I chose Freedcamp, mostly because it is free but also because it has a simple interface with all the basics. What is your favorite (or least favorite) project management tool?

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Not sure which aspect of project management you're primarily thinking of (scheduling, tasks, time, remote, collaboration...). Maybe these previous threads on management tools might contain some good tips for you:

http://www.gamedev.net/topic/639765-task-and-timeline-management-tools/
http://www.gamedev.net/topic/623044-searching-for-suitable-production-management-softwaresystem/
http://www.gamedev.net/topic/627243-any-decent-free-online-virtual-workspaces-for-small-teams/

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Thank you

 

I misspelled it in the search engine as "Ghant", so it didn't work. blink.png

 

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My vote goes to the tools from atlassian: https://www.atlassian.com

 

First of all Jira is (IMHO) the best bug tracking system there is. Not exactly project management, I know, so...

 

They have a great product called "JIRA Agile" which is (again IMHO) great for managing software development (depending on your development process of course... if it's all waterfall for you, this will not help...)

 

The nicest thing are all the other (some 3rd party) great add-ons and plug-ins. You can have gantt charts, time management, integration of your git/svn/hg/cvs/mercurial/whatever repositories (FishEye), direct integration to your CRM systems...

 

And even if the marketplace does not offer the right thing, it is fairly easy to create your own plug-ins (I've written two so far - one for integrating our in-house time tracking system and one for integrating our in-house bug-tracker (no... we do not use Jira for that - unfortunately - we use it for project and development managment only)).

 

It is not free, but the "small" license (up to 10 users) is close to free ($10).

 

I guess, I better stop now, before this sounds like an atlassian marketing post (disclaimer: I am not in any way affiliated with atlassian, I just like their products).

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While many of these tools are nice, never underestimate the power of simple spreadsheets.

Quite a few of the tools are little more than fancy spreadsheets that offer a few ways to automatically slice and dice the data. I've worked with some project managers who would rather use Excel with their personal collections of macros and rules than to use just about any other major package. You can make all the same charts and with a bit of automation can hook it up to nearly anything.

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Well...we just use SVN server for managing our project files...and skype and asana for managing our people/tasks.

 

As said before...simplicity is important. I guess for big productions when you most likely have a project manager on payroll to play around with complex project management tools all day asana is probably not the right choice.

 

But when your an indie production and your team members dont want to spent half their time making entries in a maze of tools....its never going to work. 

 

I honestly dont see why i would use project management tools for any other task then handing out and tracking tasks.....asana does this perfect and simple.

 

For all the other stuff i just speak with people directly on skype, dont need statistics and whatnot to know how our production is going. This works best for me...but then again, we are a hobbyist team.

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