The Marathon List of Project Management & Collaboration Tools (Over 90 Tools)
Imagine days when we used to type documents on a typewriter, mail or fax hard copy of it, marking a CC and BCC to everyone in an actual carbon copy… all seems now a history except few places like court rooms still following the tradition … life has changed a lot since then, today information flows with the click of a button.
Compiled here some of the great collaboration tools I’ve come across which can really make office work easier and take the office collaboration to the next level.
Life Ray has everything you would need in an intranet environment, it lets you create communities around your office and then share knowledge streams across, which includes document sharing, blog, wiki, calendar, etc. You will have to download and install Life Ray into your own machine / server, but in case your are looking for something online and to kick start check out Google Apps and Social Wok, I love them both for its simplicity and no hassle online solution. Social Wok uses google’s free accounts to collaborate your documents and calendar, I loved the idea of getting instantly starting with it without downloading and installing anything … or even registering. Expect integration of Google Wave as well in social wok soon. There are other document sharing tools too, these are , OpenGoo,Google Docs and Stixy. Stixy is the new one in the list, it looks incredibly cool … but looks like this is for the houses who wants to keep their culture kicking, i.e., creative & alive … I like it for its name. Also check out Smartsheet, Central Desktop, and CreativePro Office.
Drop Box is also the document sharing tool, but with the twist… easiest when you need to sync docs between office and home or even with friends and family. It’s downloadable tools is fantastic and it seamlessly do the job without wasting your time on asking you to click on any button to sync your documents between 2 computers. Also check out drop.io, it has dead simple rich web-presentation functionality. no registration, no downloads, no installs. You can upload your presentation files (documents, pictures, video, audio, and more) and can give live demo or walkthrough in seconds … it has a free conference call line and rich chat functionality. Also check out Scribd a very popular social document sharing service.
When it comes to project management, I have tried several tools, Out of all I liked Clocking It, specially for the reason it is hosted and free, Active Collab which is downloadable with a fee but looks worth it if you want the environment in your own machine, BaseCamp by 37Signals is one of the leader in such service. There are several others, you may want to try them out, 5pm, clarizen, comindwork, projectoffice, planningforce, Less Time Spent, Klok, Collabtive, ProjectPier, dotproject, projectinsight, OnStage, deskaway, assembla, vcsonline, pmphq, nokahuna, liquidplanner, Thymer, TeamworkPM, Project360, Nozbe, Eclipse, Genius Project, Tenrox, Redmine, targetprocess and for some strange reason I loved Todoist too, maybe because its very simple. For agile project management methodologies, check out agilebuddy, which goes to extra mile for Creating, Estimating, Planning and Tracking your software projects, and Mingle, which looks extremely good (though i have not had enough time to explore its agile PM functionalities).
For those who use wireframing technique in their project management, iplotz has it all, from wireframing to project management to collaboration. In the similar genre, you also have mindmeister, excellent for those who love pencils instead of keyboards.
Twitter addict offices should try out yammer, exact replica of twitter for offices and much more.
Also check out Campfire which is an instant messaging solution for the teams working remotely.
If you are looking for a bug tracking software, check out flyspray, webissues, eTraxis, Bugzilla, Trac, Mantis Bug Tracker, BugNET, The Bug Genie, Issue Tracker By ASP.NET, 16bugs, JIRA(looks cool), FogBugs and Eventum built by the MySQL team. Also check out something very unique .. i.e., Notable, it helps your team collaborate through visual feedback on screenshots.
Apart from these I have also stumbled upon github, it is worth checking … it is a fast, efficient, distributed version control system ideal for the collaborative development of software.
Also check out AroundMe, an open source collaboration server which helps you create multiple collaborative group, webspace, community or social networking websites.
Hope this helps, pls add if you have come across something interesting in the same genre in the comment area!