Feb 9, 2010
Unless you’re a fan of drawing out your Gantt charts by hand, you will likely find yourself needing some sort of Project Management Software during the course of your career. And if you’re like most folks in the corporate world, the first piece of software that will come to mind will likely be Microsoft Project.
That’s understandable. With a huge install base, thanks to it’s association with Microsoft Office (although not an actual part of the Office suite, Microsoft still brands it as such,) many companies already have some version of Microsoft Project installed.
But just as free or low-cost Office Suites like OpenOffice or Google Docs have challenged the dominance of Microsoft Office recently, the same can be seen in the Project Management Software space. A whole field of competitors have emerged over the last several years. Many of these products are free and, more importantly, many of them are good.
Products like BaseCamp and others are making steady headway in the Project Management Software space. BaseCamp, for instance, boasts clients like Kellogg’s, Adidas and Continental Airlines among others. It also offers a free single-user version, perfect for small businesses. In addition, many open-source alternatives have made their way into the market. These solutions allow a company or group to install a robust Project Management solution and have complete access to the underlying code base to modify/enhance as needed. Wikipedia lists well over 50 different products in the Project Management Software space.
So why would you still use Microsoft Project? I think there are still a few good reasons:
So now it’s your turn. What Project Management software would you recommend to someone? Like Microsoft Project or hate it? Have a favorite free product that you use? I want to hear about it.