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Best software or websites to manage my small company

First of all, if there are better places on the internet where I should ask these types of questions about project and company management, please let me know. You guys are awesome, but I have plenty of other types of questions I'd like to ask in here, and, plus, I need to find the best source for answers to specific questions like this and fast. I need the proper technological solution for managing the flow of tasks and information of an entire company. The company is about 20 people in the office (half of them engineers) and about the same in the fab shop, so it's small. I am not the owner, but the oft-ignored second-in-command. See my other questions (here and here) for more details about my specific working situation. Right now, the company can only be described as chaotic. We have taken probably on probably too much work, people (especially me) aren't aware of what others are doing, collaboration takes place in inefficient bursts in the conference room, and the massive amount of information we generate per job and in the rest of the business is never easily found when needed. The owner causes a lot of these problems with his capricious style of running the business and tends to only add to the entropy, but I think that centralization of information and communication may save it before it's too late. I need the proper tool or tools to do this. I'll discuss where I am thus far, and we can go from there. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Sep 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Is there a good, NON-JAVA, non-MS project management tool out there?

I will be starting to work on several small, overlapping projects soon and need a lightweight tool. WANT: Ability to manage 2-3 resources (mostly me, really), schedule tasks, create and output Gantt charts. DO NOT WANT: The security hole of suck known as Java, so Project Libre, OpenProj and the like are right out. MEH, WILL ACCEPT IF NEEDED: Cloud app. I really prefer desktop programs for various reasons, but if the best solution is on the cloud, so be it. A PLEA: I'm going to a presentation on Office 365 tonight with a devotee of MS Project. Please arm me in advance against the call of the dark side! [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Sep 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Dependent Calendaring - Scheduling Reading Schedules, Episode Views, Etc

I have a need for dependent calendaring – maybe this is the domain of project management software, but such seems more elaborate than what I need. But any ideas or solutions would be appreciated. I’ll go into a little more detail inside to explain what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jun 14, 2013 - 2 answers

What are some examples of small web apps that earn their creators a side-income? What are the stories behind them?

What are some examples of small web apps that earn their creators a side-income? What are the stories behind them? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Mar 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Is there such a thing as project aggregation software?

I'm not looking for project management, nor time tracking, nor (necessarily) to do lists, but more of a way of assembling all the different project components and work in progress in one interface. Is there such a thing? [more inside]
posted by outlier on Feb 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Do public status updates work for an engineering team?

Apparently many successful software companies have processes where engineers write daily status updates that are publicly visible. Google has a system called 'Snippets' and Facebook has 'Colbert'. Any insiders want to share their experience with such reporting tools? Does anyone know of any resources that describe the pros and cons, nut and bolts of these processes? [more inside]
posted by unmodern on Jan 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Good tools for project proposal effort?

Are there good third-party software packages or tools that can be used to manage labor and material estimates during a project proposal process? It's a little bit of project management and a little bit of sales. Specific needs include... [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Aug 31, 2011 - 1 answer

Simple project management software needed

Time-tracking project management software solution needed [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese on Sep 10, 2010 - 2 answers

Microsoft SharePoint - ability to file-share with outside companies/collaborators?

Microsoft SharePoint - ability to file-share with outside companies/collaborators? [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on May 28, 2010 - 5 answers

Hot or Not for project proposals

We're looking for something like Hot or Not for project proposals. Instead of displaying a photo it will display info about the project and allow users to log in and rate projects. The system will keep track of overall ratings and rankings for projects in various ways and allow us to easily export the final results. [more inside]
posted by flug on Feb 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Is It practical to play Manager on a small software project?

I Know some C++ and Python, but I don't know enough about algorithms to really implement the project, a fairly simple web app, I have in mind. So I'm wondering if it's possible to divide the problem up appropriately, write good app specs, then use Rent a Coder or a similar service for the hard stuff. [more inside]
posted by Nish ton on Jan 17, 2010 - 7 answers

What's the best agile project management tool?

What's your favorite agile project management tool? [more inside]
posted by bshort on Dec 1, 2009 - 9 answers

Need software that does project management, email marketing and advanced analytics

I am looking for an email management program (like campaign monitor) that also includes email analytics (like google analytics) and project management tools (like basecamp). I am in a small marketing department at a non-profit that relies heavily on email (100K+/month messages sent). My google-fu has failed me so far, I can't find anything that has all three components. Does anyone know of a one stop shop that does this? Also open to a using several programs as long as we can get them to work with each other.
posted by Incy on Oct 21, 2009 - 6 answers

Seeking shared online multi-part project managing solution

I am working with several other people to seek sponsorship for a non-profit event. There is a fairly simple but lengthy series of actions that needs to be completed to track each unique sponsor. We've thought about having a binder with a printed page showing tasks for each sponsor, but it would be preferable if there was an online solution any of us can access for checking off and date-stamping completed tasks, with a place to add notes. [more inside]
posted by Scram on Aug 26, 2009 - 4 answers

Help Me Create A Dateless Timeline(s)

I'd like to create a project timeline guide that does not have dates. It is a general guide which indicates at what point in the process a certain action takes place. The timeline would actually be more comprised of several different time lines that overlap. Timelines a, b, and c (etc) wouldn't correspond to individuals but rather larger tasks that are occuring concurrently. I also would need to easily be able to export/print this timeline. My question is: is there a free program that I can use to create this? I have access to photoshop and illustrator but I'd rather not use those. I'm using a Mac running 10.5
posted by Waitwhat on Sep 3, 2008 - 2 answers

Web based collaboration software

Recommendations for programmable web based collaboration software for team in multiple cities (such as basecamp or google docs) [more inside]
posted by london302 on Aug 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Is there a simple (kinda) task manager for Linux?

Linux + EEE + Chaotic Projects = ????? Project Manager. What should I try? [more inside]
posted by Koffeeman on Jun 3, 2008 - 4 answers

Running to stand still - resource management in IT

Scheduling and work-request software for an IT team. [more inside]
posted by ajp on May 2, 2008 - 14 answers

Best of the Web: Project Management Software

Dear MeFi softwareheads of all stripes: What are your favorite online resources on project management software? I'm talking articles, essays, tips, ad infinitum. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Dec 3, 2007 - 5 answers

Help me find simple project scheduling software that does automatic resource allocation and can shorten timelines based on resource availability

Help me find simple project scheduling software that does automatic resource allocation and can shorten timelines based on resource availability [more inside]
posted by farmersckn on Jul 12, 2007 - 4 answers

Documentation!

What are the essential documents that all (software dev) projects should include? [more inside]
posted by Null Pointer and the Exceptions on Jun 28, 2007 - 6 answers

Is there softare to project a screen to other PCs?

Is there software that will let a user (say, a teacher) broadcast the contents of his computer screen to a number of other users (say, students), so that all the screens are showing what the server's screen is showing?
posted by Jairus on May 29, 2006 - 14 answers

tables of costs of software projects

I need a link to tables of costs of software projects to help me estimate cost. [more inside]
posted by uni verse on Jan 16, 2006 - 0 answers

Project Management Software

Our small web development company is looking into project management software. I've been looking around, but can't seem to find something that really suits our needs. [more inside]
posted by frufry on Apr 14, 2005 - 13 answers

Software to track multiple projects

Can anyone recommend a decent piece of software to keep track of multiple concurrent projects? [more inside]
posted by TonyRobots on Mar 7, 2005 - 6 answers

I need project management help!

I am looking for a simple way to keep a client informed on what projects I am working on for them, and what their current status is. A service like Basecamp is a possibility, but it is much more than I need. Their free TaDa list site is useful, but too simple. I need something a bit more informative, but easy to maintain. Any suggestions?
posted by mudhouse on Mar 5, 2005 - 4 answers

CMS recommendation

I need a CMS recommendation. I've been asked to find and set up a suitable content management system to be used by software and hardware developers for a project here at work. It needs to have good CVS and bug tracking modules. [mi] [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck on Nov 17, 2004 - 5 answers

Can you recommend a flexible Win32 application for designing test plans?

Can you recommend a flexible Win32 application for designing test plans? [more inside]
posted by Danelope on Nov 15, 2004 - 3 answers

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