12 free tools to manage project timeline and milestones

project_timelineGoing to start a new project and looking for some free tools to manage project timeline and milestones?

In this post I’ll be highlighting 12 such tools for your project team to utilize in order to manage the project more effectively. Image by perhapstoopink.

Do note that these project management tools cannot ensure success for the project but merely to help with some automation and tracking purposes.

I have seen project members struggling and spending so much time on project management tools that they have lost focus on the core of the project which is to ensure delivery of high quality products and services for the client.

With these free tools, be aware that these software will not manage the project for you automatically. You will still need an effective team of project managers and project members to run the project through constant communication with the client.

I believe the most important feature of a project management tool is it’s capability to display a project timeline and milestones for all to be aware of. This way, any slippages or problems can be identified up front and fixed immediately.

The following are 12 free tools to manage your project timeline and milestones: (not sorted based on any preference)

  • Platform: Web based (On demand SAAS model)
  • Key features: Project management, CRM, document management, team collaboration
  • Secure online space to connect, share and work with others

achievo

  • Platform: Web based (Open source php mysql project management tool)
  • Key features: Project management, time tracking, scheduler, CRM, HRM
  • Available in more than 20 languages

zohoprojects

  • Platform: Web based (On demand SAAS model)
  • Key features: Project management, wiki, chat, file storage, tasks, gantt charts, calendar
  • Zoho Projects free edition is a starting point for online project management and collaboration

Ganttproject

  • Platform: Desktop application (supported on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX)
  • Key features: Project management, scheduling, gantt and pert chart, resource management
  • Gantt project is a free and open source cross platform project management desktop application

dotproject

  • Platform: Web based (Open source php mysql project management tool)
  • Key features: Project management, contacts, calendar, files storage, forums, resource management, help desk, timesheets, translation packages
  • Open source web based project management tool supported by TYPO3 CMS

openproj

  • Platform: Desktop application (supported on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX)
  • Key features: Project management, scheduling, gantt, pert, WBS and RBS charts, earned value costing
  • Open source desktop alternative to Microsoft Project downloaded > 1 million times over 142 countries

comindwork

  • Platform: Web based (On demand SAAS model)
  • Key features: Project management, collaboration, knowledge sharing
  • On demand project management for knowledge intensive collaboration

jxProject

  • Platform: Desktop application (supported on Windows, Linux with JRE Engine)
  • Key features: Project management, gantt, resource scheduling, resource leveling
  • Desktop project management software supported by advertising

basecamp

  • Platform: Web based (On demand SAAS model)
  • Key features: Project dashboard, to do lists, file sharing, message boards, milestones, time tracking
  • An online project management tool by 37signals

gantter

  • Platform: Web based (Online SAAS model)
  • Key features: MS Project like features and ability to import and export from MS Project,
  • Works just like Microsoft Project but is free and web based. Best part, nothing to install, just use.

zcope

  • Platform: Web based (On demand SAAS model)
  • Key features: Project overview, task management, track efforts, timeplace, document sharing, cost management
  • Simple and secure web service for managing projects, tasks, team communication and share documents

phpprojekt

  • Platform: Web based (Open source php mysql project management tool)
  • Key features: Project management, time card, contacts, calendar, chat, request tracker, files, voting
  • Open source groupware suite to coordinate group activities, share information and document online

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So there you go, 12 free tools for you to manage project timeline and milestones. Hope it helps!

Still can’t decide which PM tool is best, check out the video below. You will see it’s not easy! And if you can, try to hold your laughter especially if you’re at work now. Tee Hee..

About the author

Bob Lee

Hi! My name is Bob Lee and I’m a web developer / technical writer who specializes in developing and reviewing web applications. As an entrepreneur, blogger, developer, and tech enthusiast, I have been in this field for more than 10 years, and have been loving every minute of it.

4 Comments

  • DeskAway is a web-based project management and collaboration SaaS for small to medium sized teams and businesses. We have a basic plan which is free. Do check it out.

  • I tried using the Achievo tool for managing my projects. I must say that it was really awesome and very much user friendly and easy to use.

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