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Old March 9th, 2020, 05:04 PM   #1
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project management software

What do you folks use to keep a project together and organized as it moves through the various stages of development? We have several techs working on each project: sales, quoting, design, drawings, assembly etc.

How do you keep the project organized? Keep everyone in the loop? Make sure everyone knows what is the next phase and when the deadlines for that phase are?

I am picturing that there is probably a software that could serve as the hub for project development?

You probably have better ideas on how to stay organized and efficient. Thanks!
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Old March 9th, 2020, 06:48 PM   #2
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Old March 9th, 2020, 06:54 PM   #3
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Old March 9th, 2020, 08:55 PM   #4
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We use Freedcamp. The free version has many tools and can cover most needs.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedcamp
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Old March 9th, 2020, 09:33 PM   #5
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I liked Trello, but now I just use it for my personal life and keeping track of things. The downer is it doesn't have a real way to make a backup of it.

Currently we are switching over to MS TEAM and it looks really really interesting, but I don't know how well it will work with the people that refuse to do anything "techie". I don't know if this has backups but its cloud based with the whole MS office 365.

I tried JIRA but ... Trello was so much easier to use.
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Old March 10th, 2020, 01:46 AM   #6
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Asset Guardian is a controls asset management software. It grew out of a Scottish Systems Integrator, who still uses it themselves for their SI projects. Worth a look, as it has a more 'Automation Engineer' feel to it, whereas other tools are more for a 'Software Developer'.

That said, just throwing software at a problem is not in itself a fix.
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Old March 10th, 2020, 06:11 AM   #7
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That said, just throwing software at a problem is not in itself a fix.
You are exactly right. I am not sure if software is going to be the best way of doing this.

Our company is still small and growing, but currently we basically have a shared folder for each project. All the drawings, plc files, documentation gets organized in that file, and the attached notepad takes care of quick notes/updates. That works, but we end up with a lot of internal messages/scheduling etc that are done on other platforms and that don't get communicated to the others in the workgroup.

If any one has suggestions on how they keep collaborated without software, that would suit me fine as well!
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Old March 10th, 2020, 06:39 AM   #8
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We Use trello and all techs and managers have the app on their phones.
And it seems to work well for us for a few years now
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I Really like Wrike, the problem is it is really expensive. Like $25 a month per user, and you have to buy users in chunks of 5. And then if you want advanced features like resource management you have to pay another $20 a month per user on top of that.



I will look in to Freedcamp. I have been looking for a cheaper Wrike Alternative
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Old March 10th, 2020, 09:59 AM   #10
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We use CA PPM for our global stuff and MS Project linked to sharepoint/teams for our local stuff.
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We just switched to Teams. I don't like it much.
Can't block users, you know the "Can someone come look at the copier on floor 7" user.


Haven't tried to do the drag a huge file and transfer it. Skype would let you send Gig+ size.


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I liked Trello, but now I just use it for my personal life and keeping track of things. The downer is it doesn't have a real way to make a backup of it.

Currently we are switching over to MS TEAM and it looks really really interesting, but I don't know how well it will work with the people that refuse to do anything "techie". I don't know if this has backups but its cloud based with the whole MS office 365.

I tried JIRA but ... Trello was so much easier to use.
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We just switched to Teams. I don't like it much.
Can't block users, you know the "Can someone come look at the copier on floor 7" user.


Haven't tried to do the drag a huge file and transfer it. Skype would let you send Gig+ size.
Yeah, we have skype for business but it's locked down. It can only have meetings/calls/chat and does nothing else.

TEAMs lets us do way more, and if you can manage your team can you just boot the people that don't need on the team?

You'd need to get management to start cracking down on using technology poorly. Same as sending out company wide emails (which they shouldn't have access too).
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