Starting a company gets real complicated real fast.
There is so much to do – so many odds and ends and technical details. And that’s before you start dealing with customers.
I’ve been looking for a web-based project management app. I could use Excel or a Wiki but I’d like something a little more elegant.
Here are my notes based on recent explorations:
ToodleDo: I use this app constantly – perhaps 30 times a day I’m in and out of it. Absolutely love it and use it on my phone, too. My whole life is in TD. It does subtasks, priorities, etc. but I’m not sure how well it would work for collaboration. Also, there’s no way to hive off this project from the rest of my life. You’re limited to Folders->Tasks->Subtasks, and I find the subtasking implementation to be suboptimal, so I’d have to setup a bunch of folders that would be intermingled with all my other stuff (or setup a separate account I suppose, but that would probably break the phone integration).
collabtve: Very nice, but I wish I could reorg tasks in the interface. If you use task lists as the “main task” then you can subtask I suppose. Nice interface, easy to setup. It may be easy to reorg/reorder tasks – the rest of the GUI is so nice I’m sure that’s possible but I haven’t read the docs yet.
phpprojekt: The .zip also took like a half-hour to unzip…seriously, 16,000+ files? The docs say to run “php composer.phar install” but apparently you don’t need to do that…well, the docs aren’t great. However I kind of like it, although running on a shared host it’s very slow to add (though clicking around seems OK). Easy to add any level of subtask, though reorganizing means a form/submit.
Passed On These
basecamp: hosted and expensive
TaskFreak: I’d forgotten about this oldie/goodie. Looks like it hasn’t changed. Not sure if it can do subtasks.
BugGenie: looks nice, but more issue/bug-oriented. BTW, installing in the root of a domain should not require going in and editing .php files – it should just be part of the install.
dotProject: demo is offline, no longer maintained?
ProjectHQ: heck, their whole site is offline
Excel or Google Docs: little more than a glorified notepad in the sky, makes it hard to flag urgent stuff.
Project.net: requires java + oracle. I could actually do that in a VPS but sheesh, I’m planning a project not coordinating Operation Overlord.
ProjectPier: I used this at one time and recall it being pretty primitive GUI-wise, and it hasn’t been maintained since 2007
Redmine: I know many use this, but I am not a Ruby guy and I’m not sure how much work it is to get going.
Tree.io: great demo, but no longer maintained?
Trac: really more bug/issue oriented
Trello: I didn’t get the appeal, though it looks nice for simple things. I have one big task that has maybe 75 small things – I’m not sure how well that would organize.
Still to look at:
asana: hosted – my only worry there is that the company suddenly deadpools.
producteev: again, my only worry