May 22, 2012 at 11:06 pm #162062
May 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm #162102
Still getting used to it, but Trello offers a good way to let everyone on a team know what everyone else is working on, assign tasks, create due dates, checklists, etc. It’s a lot more fluid than Project and there are no Gantt charts staring you down. If used wisely, I think it can help avoid some of the issues brought up in this post: https://www.govloop.com/profiles/blogs/the-road-not-taken
May 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm #162100
Good suggestion. I’ve tinkered with it. A lot of folks really like it.
May 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm #162098
I’ve used Basecamp for project organization…not sure it’s as Project Management-y as MS Project (i.e. haven’t seen Gantt Charts and such…maybe that’s a feature I just haven’t used yet), but it works fine – solid UI. Another one we explored (but ultimately didn’t use): GanttProject
May 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm #162096
I’d definitely categorize Basecamp as a Project Collaboration tool.
May 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm #162094
May 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm #162092
About 2007, when I wanted to expand my horizons and the agency I was working for would NOT expend the money required for MS Project(at least for me) I found Open Project http://sourceforge.net/projects/openproj/ which enabled me to get up to speed on electronic project management. Late 2010 the agency let me become officially involved in project management and procured a copy of MS project for me. Still kept a copy of Open Proj on my personal computer and if I wanted to expand my project management skills would open up Open Project and learn how to do it before getting on the government computer and “mucking” up MS Project
May 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm #162090
I’m a big fan of Trello since we started using it. I’ve recommended it to a few people and they all seem to really like it.
May 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm #162088
Never heard of Bettermans and OpenAtrium. What did you like / dislike about each?
May 25, 2012 at 12:26 am #162086
Mr. Brown –
You are a gem and I love it!
May 25, 2012 at 3:54 am #162084
Never heard of OpenProj, but it looks pretty slick. Thanks.
May 25, 2012 at 8:31 pm #162082
May 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm #162080
I highly recommend the cloud PM solutions over at i-lign – http://ilign.com/ – for portfolio, program, and project management across the enterprise. They are working with many Government entities and customers in NZ and are trying to court other government customers in US and North America markets.
Tony and his team just get it! They understand the importance and power of how to “use social technology to solve complex problems.” All of us project managers know that a lighter, leaner cloud-first technology would empower us to lead, deliver, delegate, report and collaborate on projects from anywhere in the world. This is where i-lign excels in helping managers work smarter, not harder.
May 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm #162078
May 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm #162076
Looks interesting, but I ask myself what’s the point of having an integrated PM and CRM solution? I’d rather have a tool that focuses on one thing and does it really well. Of course, I say this without having tried it.
May 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm #162074
I’d like to see how it does portfolio management.
May 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm #162072
What you say it provides nearly the same functionality as MSFT Project?
May 29, 2012 at 1:04 pm #162070
Jeffrey J KonturParticipant
Corel tried an alternative to MS Project called Timeline. From what I could see, they were quite similar except that in the same way as WordPerfect is a bit more techie than Word, so is Timeline compared to Project. I don’t know if it’s still available.
May 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm #162068
Hi Chris – Yes… nearly. Disclaimer – I am not a power user, so there will be some functions I am not aware of or don’t use. It’s a free download, so very easy to give it a try.
Highlight Features of OpenProj
- Project Planning, Resource Scheduling and Management.
- Easy to use interface, Microsoft Project alike.
- Gantt Chart, Tracking Gantt Chart, Network Diagram, Resource View, Projects View, WBS Chart, RBS Chart, Report View, Task Usage Detail, Resource Usage Detail, Histogram, Charts, Task Usage and Resource Usage.
- Supported platforms: Linux, Mac and Windows.
May 29, 2012 at 5:02 pm #162066
Charles Lewis DriggersParticipant
I believe we need to use the default solution used by government. The issue we need to deal with is members may leave and/or join this team. A new team member can get up to speed much quicker if we maximize the chance he/she is familiar with our deployed tools. Another point…I have an actual customer with whom I am communicating. Chris C. seems to be a veteran GovLooper and has some knowledge of existing tools. Everyone seems to agree we need a cloud based solution. Therefore, I am asking Chris C. to identify a cloud based solution for us to use and report back to us.
Additionally, we have the following need:
1. We need a repository to store docs/etc so we can better collaborate. What default platform (e.g. Sharepoint) does the government use? Hopefully, someone knows the URL too.
Thanks everyone. I appreciate your input and encourage you to always provide it. Please make note as to who the team members are…I am!!! 🙂
May 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm #162064
Yes, sir! That’s a good idea. I’ll look into some recommended default(s).
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