Project Management Tools for Start-Ups

By : Anoop Thomas Mathew

An integral part in the success or failure, of any company is the management and communication between peers within the company as well as a well formed communication with the clients itself. 1990s was marked with the rise of tools like bugzilla, trac and a few other, which allowed developers to develop collaboratively, and more over, a bit more organized with the ticketing system. One thing to be noted is that, they did what they were supposed to do, and they still do.

As the time pass by, we got a huge number of code hosting, along with project management solutions sprout out, and old players let the ground.

A few of which stand out of the list, and relevant in present day scenarios  are discussed below.

Github

(www.github.com)

Features : git code hosting, ticketing system,, wiki, free for open source projects, code review, edit online

Pricing Plans :  from $7/month personal (5 private projects) to $200/month(125 private projects) and also enterprise solution starting at  $5000

Key selling point : one among the most popular opensource code hosting

Cons: NOT well known as a project management tool, more likely called as a source code management tool

Bitbucket

(www.bitbucket.org)

Features: supports git and hg code hosting, wiki, issue tracking, unlimited private repositories upto 5 users

Pricing Plans:  FREE till 5 users  to unlimited users at $80/month

Key selling point : Pricing, being in the sweet spot of unlimited private projects, it can be your personal code repo.

Cons:  NOT as many features to be a project management tool

Teambox

(www.teambox.com)

Features: Good Management tool, NO code hosting, ticketing system, can be used for task management, but very difficult to keep track of code and tickets, if you are a coder.

Pricing: Free till 5 projects or users, 5$/user/month

Key Selling point : Facebook alike share, discuss system, effective for communicating within the team.

Assembla

(www.assembla.com)


Features: Cardwall to show ticket statuses, Highly usable interface, good code review tools, code merge, milestones, messages, wiki, basic time tracking, burndown,  Team management, standup reporting, File upload

Pricing Plans :  Free for open source or for  one service(hosting/reporting) or

$9/month for 3 users, $19 for 20 and unlimited with custom branding at $100/month.

Key Selling Point : Usability,  Reasonable pricing,  Gives good perspective of project development

Fogbugz

(www.fogbugz.com)

Features: one of the most comprehensive solution, export database, extensive ticketing system, wiki, discussion, evidence based scheduling, email and customer management, code reviews, deployment services, code hosting, code search, side by side bugs and fixes.

Pricing:  $30/month/user [yeah, it’s a little costly.]

Cons: Costly, compared to other peers

Key Selling Point : Features that makes sense, Usability, one among the best ones reviewed.

Redmine

(www.redmine.org)

Features: self hosted, wildly customizable, themes, wiki, source code management,  diff tools, ticket management system, time keeping, open source, very much complete, written in Ruby, GANTT chart

Pricing: FREE

Key Selling Point :  A lot of installable modules, host on your own servers.

Cons: The server management overhead

Basecamp

(www.basecamphq.com)

Features: Complete project management solution,  todo, messages, whiteboards, files, calendar

Key Selling Point : Very famous, lot of users

Pricing: $49/month for 35 projects and $149 for unlimited usage.

Cons: No builtin source code management tools (Cannot be used in  a software development perspective)

Unfuddle

(www.unfuddle.com)

Features: Simple and easy to use, ticket management,repositories, projects, time tracking, people and permissions , messages, notebooks, milestones.

Pricing: free for single user, $9/month for 4 projects upto $99/month for 50 projects

Cons : Looks naive, little usable

Trello

(www.trello.com)

Features: Just a simple cardwall system , lets you keep track of things, as system grows, it becomes really difficult to do the same. Still, Its worth trying.

JIRA

(http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/overview)

Features : Bug and Issue Tracking, Project Tracking, Custom Work-flow, code integration, reporting and analysis, addons, available on demand and for download

Pricing : $10/month for 10 users till 2000 users for $1000/month

There are plenty of them out there. Its up to you to select what suits you and what not. Each among the discussed, have a very focused client base. The whole point of this post is to make you aware of the basic things you can expect and amount you need to pay for that, with some major players in the industry.


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Comments

Avi Kaye

Another project management tool you might want to look into is HappyTodos (http://www.happytodos.com). It doesn't have code hosting, but it is free at the moment, and it's an excellent project management tool :)

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Werner KeilWerner Keil

Try XPlanner+ on SourceForge.

While GitHub has some nice features like issue tracking, I certainly wouldn't call it Planning tool.
It is nowhere near the concept of iterations or pairing, all of which XPlanner knows.
Plus it is Open Source, easycto use and set up, especially if the startup has some guys who heard about Java in their career;-)

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Vincent D'Amico

I like Jira but there are always new tools being released and it's worthwhile to check out new ones from time to time. This is a great list. Thanks for sharing!

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Mandar Vaze

To get rid of the only "con" against redmine, you can try http://www.hostedredmine.com/

As the name says, they host the redmine instance for you so that you don't have manage the server.

P.S: I'm no way connected to the above site, except as a user.

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David Meyers 21st May, 2012

Nice article, thanx! I recommend you to try task management software from great guys from Comindware. It’s a web-based solution too with alot of options and high usability. Thanks to them, I can do things in a more organized and really efficient way now.

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Brad Donahue

I definitely had the most luck with http://www.assembla.com. Their project management tools are excellent.

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Pravin Sharma 17th April, 2013

I think all agile scrum features are covered by digite project management tool and also its handy and efficient tool.
for kanban agile methodology i will prefer swift kanban.

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Mark Twin 18th March, 2014


Hi Anoop, This is a good list, but I’d like to humbly suggest Proofhub, project management tool as well. With this tool work has become much simpler and easier. Tasks are done faster, files, docs and designs are shared easily and feedback is received as and when required, directly on the file itself. http://www.proofhub.com. Thanks, Mike

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smithpeter1295

Your blog on project management is really interesting. Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog with us.

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