How should we manage communication and documents for managing projects?
January 22, 2010 4:11 PM Subscribe
What's a good, free project management system for coordinating developers, product managers, QA testers, etc. in remote locations? What do you recommend for archiving correspondence, storing attachments, and communicating project status?
posted by cacophony to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
For several years at my company, we have primarily used SharePoint as a document repository for our projects. For some reason, people here don't seem to like it all that much. Various complaints I've heard is that it's too hard to find things, too slow, the search is broken, etc. Quite likely these are all complaints specific to our installation, but the fact is that SharePoint has very low credibility here and it's going to be hard to convince people otherwise.
We're looking to replace it with something else. Some of the alternatives being floated are a wiki (MediaWiki?), some sort of knowledgebase product, or Google Wave. They each obviously have their pros and cons.
The key problem here is that everyone prefers to use Outlook and just email stuff back and forth. It's going to be a hard habit to break. I thought maybe there'd be a product where you could store threads and attachments in the repository simply by copying a certain robot email address on the thread, to facilitate the continued use of company email.
This is for relatively small teams, but they're in remote locations and so casual conversation to update people is out. How is everyone else handling this?