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Any recommendations on free Project Management Software?

We are in the process of determining if we would need to create our own project management tool or if there are some good free alternatives that we can use to manage our startup ecosystem. Anyone have any good suggestions on project management tools they use?

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Kate Hiscox
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Kate Hiscox Entrepreneur • Advisor
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This project management software might mean the difference between on time and total fail. Don't build your own. Use Jira or Pivotal but let that decision be based on how you use it and who will manage it.
Manny Acevedo
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You can use tracker. It's free

Anthony Zeoli
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I know that you can use Basecamp for one project for free. Or, you can use Trello as well. Both are good tools for simple project management. JIRA is overkill, unless you're working with a large team of developers and you need a lot of handholding and checkoffs while moving a project across the agile process. You might also want to simply use GitHub's project tools too.
Jake Carlson
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Jake Carlson Entrepreneur • Advisor
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I've recently evaluated 50+ project management tools. I agree JIRA is probably overkill. It's hard to make a definite recommendation without more information. Planbox is a decently inexpensive and simple tool for agile development. Basecamp is a pretty good general tool but not very focused IMO. Some folks I know like Wrike but it didn't suit me for development.
Nathan Parcells
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Trello works very well. Sent from my iPhone
Don Daglow
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Don Daglow Entrepreneur • Advisor
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I like Basecamp but Trello also looks interesting. At a small scale I use spreadsheets to track Agile burndown charts etc. On a larger project we used Rally and it was OK but overpriced,

I agree with Kate. The right tool can save you tons of money and perhaps change the odds in either direction -- it's worth spending some money on it.
Stas Oskin
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Stas Oskin Entrepreneur
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Give a look to YouTrack, having used Jira for last 3 years YouTrack was a very refreshing change.
Rob Gropper
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Redmine is free and open source. not too sophisticated, but works for our small dev team.
Scott Elrod
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Scott Elrod Entrepreneur • Advisor
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future compatibility and plugins are a key factor. use Trello for simple and fun and inexpensive. Otherwise BaseCamp has the best ecosystem. doublecheck your choice for its API/integration partners against the Zapier.com toolkits.
Tony Daou
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I recommend the spreadsheet approach for a project manager actively engaged in the project because these advanced tracking applications take lots of timeto administer. On the other hand, if a project manager's sole role is tomanage projects, then by all meansspend freely andchose a program that suits your need and level of expertise.

I used MS Project and a coupleother programs to manage both small and large scale projects throughout my career in engineering before I finally switch exclusively to Excel Spreadsheets. For me, there was(is) no simpler way to drive and maintain a project.

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