Business BootStrapping Tips – 02. Project Management 101

Business BootStrapping Tips – 02. Project Management 101

Business BootStrapping Tips – 02. Project Management 101

This article originally appeared in issue 213 of .net magazine – the world’s
best-selling magazine for web designers and developers.

Competitive tools for project management

Project management tools can be extremely costly, but there are bargains to
be had out there if you know where to look. Good news: these guys do

Robust project-management is a must for collaborative work, or even relatively
complex solo jobs. Basecamp from 37signals is a firm favorite with many designers.
Alec East, founder of THBOOM!, says it “scales as you need it and there’s no contract”.
Its emphasis on communication and collaboration makes the $49 per month fee seem reasonable,
but if money’s tight, there’s a basic plan (15 projects, 5GB storage) for $24 per month
and a free plan (one project, no file-sharing).

Glasscubes also offers a free-for-life basic option (two workspaces, unlimited users)
as does Huddle (one workspace).

Jocelyn Kirby, head of marketing for Metakinetic considers Milestone Planner a good
alternative to Basecamp, saying its relatively low cost of £120 per year gets you a
“highly intuitive, intelligent project management tool created with agencies in mind”.

Dan Fields suggests you consider the codeoriented Codebase (from £5 per month),
which combines project management with Git, Mercurial and Subversion hosting.

If paying is a deal-breaker, then Travis Roberts, developer for centresource,
recommends Redmine, which has “great version control integration”. Fields adds
that Google Docs can also be a “great cure for everything – have Gmail host your email,
and use Documents and Spreadsheets to manage resources”. He feels the suite is
“unparalleled in terms of the feature-to-cost ratio, because the cost is zero”.

Mister creative director Mike Sullivan suggests adding Evernote to the mix:
it’s free and it enables you to collect, store and access information from just about everywhere.