Thursday, August 09, 2007

Contributing To An Open Source Project - Screencasting

I was poking around for Open Source project management tools when I came across activeCollab. On the front page is a introductory screencast, which takes you through the basics of the system.

The screencast is nice - but what really surprised me was that the coders on the project didn't produce it. A user (and no doubt, fan) of the system did.

What an excellent way to give back to a project. The screencast provided a nice balance between an advertisement and documentation for their tool. It inspired me to go to the next level and download it.

What a clever and valuable way to give back to a project.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6:24 PM

    Here are some project management products that are ranked highly in the "project management" category on sourceforge.com.

    They are all web-based products, and most have demonstration sites online that you can play around in.

    Openbravo

    "Openbravo is a pure web-based extended ERP for SMEs (Small and Midsize Enterprises). This web-based extended ERP solution includes robust functionalities allowing for the management of procurement, warehouse, projects, manufacturing, sales and financials. Basic CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and BI (Business Intelligence) are built in as well."

    http://www.openbravo.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=54&Itemid=417

    ]project-open[

    "]po[ is a Web-based ERP/Project Management software for organizations with 2-200 users. ]po[ integrates areas such as CRM, sales, project planning, project tracking, collaboration, timesheet, invoicing and payments."
    http://www.project-open.org/

    Onepoint Project

    integrates project planning, progress tracking, monitoring, controlling and reporting into a single, easy-to-use solution
    http://www.onepoint.at/

    Webcollab

    A collaborative web-based system for projects and project management; WebCollab is easy to use, and encourages users to work together. The software is functionally elegant and secure without being cumbersome for users, or graphically intensive.

    The software is ideally suited to tracking multiple projects and innumerable small tasks across an organisation of any size. If you have reminder notes stuck all over your desk, then you need WebCollab!
    http://webcollab.sourceforge.net/index.html

    In addition to these products from Sourceforge:

    Atalasian, the makers of one of the enterprise wiki solutions that I find interesting (Confluence) also has a product called Jira which they market as an isue/project management solution. It seems more like a bug tracker on steroids, and I think we need more than this. I think for scalability, it would be nice to pick something that has some buisness logic scripting as well as simple project tracking.

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