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Top 3 project management free software

If you deal with large projects, Excel or pen and paper will not be enough to enable you to keep track of the project's progress. We have done our own ranking and comparison of the top 3 free and opensource project management software! It will help you pick the most appropriate tool, wether you just want to draw a PERT / Gantt chart or you want to accomplish the full project management tasks with a single Microsoft Project-like tool.

This ranking is also good if you prepare for an interview on project manager role: in such case, you are expected to know the most common pieces of software used by experienced project managers.

PS: to become a professional project manager, you should really start by reading the PMBOK!

1- OpenProj

OpenProj gets the first place in our ranking. Here is why:
  • It is exhaustive: it provides all the features you need even for very large projects
  • It is simple to use and the interface is intuitive
Its drawbacks:
  • Old school design
  • Does not stick to a well established Project Management method
 You can download OpenProj on: http://sourceforge.net/projects/openproj/

2- GanttProject

Although it ranks 2nd in this ranking, GanttProject is a very good tool.

Key features:
  • Supports MS project format for import and export
  • Draws PERT and Gantt diagram
  • Manages resource load
Drawbacks:
  • By design this tools focuses on the project planning phase and not on the full project management process. It's a very good tool if you just want to draw a planning. If you want to do other PM tasks such as monitoring your resources and costs, you need to use another tool such as PMS.

You can download GanttProject on http://www.ganttproject.biz/
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