Up First Plandora [plandora.org]

Plandora PPM is an Open Source PPM powered by Sourceforge.net and is currently in release 1.10.4, and most recently updated in May 2011. The product can be downloaded and installed on your site. The site has an excellent demo that allows you to see all of the tools you would expect in a PPM tool.

The Plandora project was born to be a tool to help the software development process, from the customer requirement until the task conclusion, and consequently gather the “history” of project. The Plandora system can be useful for teams that have problems with resource bottle-necks, parallel projects, critical deadlines, necessity for scope documentation of tasks and requirements, etc.

The project started in December, 2003 with the requirement phase. In August, 2004 with the system analysis documents almost finished and some source-code implemented (infra-structure classes, build files, libs, etc) the project was available at sourceforge such as LGPL license (totally free for any purposes)

It is important to notice that a workflow tool is only a support instrument and demands a process with at least a little of discipline. By the way, for projects with chaotic structure (without any process or any formal development) the adoption of a workflow tool could even bring problems to development team. We consider the term “development process” a work routine (not necessarily a standard methodology such as PMI, XP, CMMI, RUP, etc) but something formalized, comprehended and accepted by the team.[i]

Source: http://www.plandora.org/index.html

The Plandora PPM boast a full-featured set of widgets allowing you to manage many aspects of your project, here is a list of some of them, with links:

If you are interested in checking out the Plandora PPM here is the link to the download site: http://sourceforge.net/projects/plandora/files/version/plandora-v.1.10.4/

Here are my ratings of the solution (0-10, 10 being best):

  • Cost: 10 (Free)
  • Functionalities & Features: 8 (loads of great gadgets)
  • Innovative solution: 7
  • Support & Updates: 8
  • Ease of use: 8
  • Ease of installation: 6
  • Overall Rating: 8


[i] http://www.plandora.org/online.htm


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