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Manage projects online with ProjectOffice

I'm always looking for good project management solutions, and so far I haven't found one that fits my needs perfectly. Short of programming one for myself, I don't think I (or anyone else) can find one I can just apply to my life. That said, ProjectOffice is a pretty good try at creating something actually Usable.

The app gives you project, task and resource management, a calendar, wiki projects and issues. I really love the way that it handles resources and issues. The reason I haven't transfered my real work to an online app is that it is very rare that project management software supports adding someone t your team, without actually having them come and accept and then working with you inside the app. I don't want to colaborate with my people through apps, I just want a way to track who's doing what. ProjectOffice does require the name and email, but you can just enter a dummy email and you're off.

Apart from that, issues is something that is very unique to this program, I may just start using this app because of this. The feature is very closely related to bug tracking, a special type of management module that programmers use.

Project office screenshot

You can create an issue, much like a task, but from there on, you can very easily track the phases of it, through a very well though out menu. You can change the status from opened to analyzed, closed and so on. This is really handy if you have actually completed a task, but you find out it's not perfect. You don't have to create the task again, just put it in issues. It is also great if you have a lot of problems you need to look into and track.

The only problem I had was that you can't create indefinite projects. You can only add a project if you specify a start and end date, while may of my projects aren't tied to dates. If you can get past that problem, I think you'll find a pretty useful app. Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Martin said on December 8, 2007 at 10:59 am
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    I’m lazy, please add a linkj from your post :-)

  2. Martin said on December 8, 2007 at 11:11 am
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    done ;)

    Looks like I’m talking to myself ;)

  3. Daniel said on December 8, 2007 at 4:24 pm
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    Sorry, even I need to sleep sometimes :)

  4. Mark Phillips said on December 9, 2007 at 2:19 am
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    You may also want to check out Vertabase 4 project management softare at http://www.vertabase.com (our app).

    There’s a free trial on the site.

  5. John Pritchard said on December 10, 2007 at 10:03 am
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    Hi Danieil, I’ve tried ProjectOffice.net as well.

    I agree, the bug tracking is pretty good, and I also liked the Wiki. Attachments can be handy when u r doing multiple interactions.

    I bet they’ll be coming up with options for multiple proejcts soon.

    If they had versioning, that would be even better as well.

    MJ

  6. Natalija Trajchevska said on December 11, 2007 at 3:36 pm
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    Dear Daniel,

    First and foremost, thank you for your interest in ProjectOffice.net and for all of your kind words about our application.
    Since we are still in Beta we highly appreciate our users’ opinion and we are committed to make ProjectOffice.net well adjusted to customers needs.
    We are curious to hear your additional comments and we will be pleased if you share your further experience about ProjectOffice.net with us.

    Also, we want to express special thanks to John Pritchard.
    We would be grateful if you both contact us at contact@projectoffice.net and provide us with your personal details, since, as a complement for the post and a sign of gratitude, we would like to offer you some special privileges regarding ProjectOffice.net.

    You can always stay up to date if you follow our blog posts or our forum section.

    We hope that we will have good collaboration in the future and that you will enjoy ProjectOffice.net.

    Best regards,
    Natalija Trajchevska
    The ProjectOffice.net Team

  7. George Harris said on January 15, 2008 at 1:44 pm
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    I’ve never heard of ProjectOffice before. For collaboration within our team we use Wrike http://www.wrike.com. The real beauty of this tool it that you can create your tasks via e-mail. It’s very easy and saves you loads of time

  8. Shannon said on February 13, 2009 at 7:53 am
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    Great article … because I’ve been through the same process and came to exactly the same conclusion.

    I’ve been using Jira for 12 months now and love the functionality but have been looking for an alternative that had the functionality as well as the polished interface and rounding off (ie. Tasks can have issues and wiki’s) … Jira UI is horrible (I know it was never meant for consumers but still, it’s hossible)

    The only thing I can see so far in project office that is lacking is:
    1) It’s to date centric, I like in Jira I can add tasks without start and end dates, but assign them to a “Version” that has an end date and manage it that way. (I dislike MS Project for the same reason) and.
    2) I love the timesheet function in Jira that allows “re-estimation” on the fly. ie. You can log that you’ve spent 3 hours, but now know that instead of a total of 6 hours it will be 12 hours and update instantly. This gives instant “raising of the flag” by developers to the project managers.

    If anyone has solutions to this – including Project Office reps – please contact me @ shannon [at] delve.com.au

    Thanks.

  9. Shannon said on February 13, 2009 at 7:56 am
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    By the way – I’ve read lots of blog posts and looked at alternatives that others have suggested … I refuse to even look at WRIKE because I am appalled at their spamming of these types of blogs.

  10. nathan said on December 8, 2009 at 1:22 am
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    Wrike is a great tool Shannon! We have been using it here for a while. I will vouch for it!

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