What is dotProject?
dotProject is a web-based, multi-user, multi-language Project Management application. It is an open-source software and free for any uses and is maintained by an open community of volunteer programmers.
dotProject was originally developed by Will Ezell at dotmarketing, Inc. to be an open source replacement for Microsoft Project, having a very similar user interface, but extending to include project management functionality. Begun in 2000 the project was moved from dotmarketing.org to Sourceforge in October 2001.
What is It Used For
dotProject is used in a huge range of applications and environments, from small offices, single people trying to manage their own workload, companies, government departments, not for profit organisations, schools and so on.
dotProject is used to manage the day to day activities of project progression. The difference between project management and, for example, help desk, is that help desk functions are about interrupt driven, unplanned / unexpected tasks. dotProject is for managing a defined workload, with a defined resource base who are co-operating to deliver a project.
DotProject Project Management Features
DotProject is focused specifically on project management instead of being a generic groupware application. Despite having the groupware features (for collaborating needs of the projects), it works with the narrow focus on the needs of those involved in managing projects. It is a versatile application. The major project management jobs you can do in dotProject are: – Creation and planning of a project and breaking of the plan into several tasks – Communicating with everyone involved with the project—both the team members and the client from within dotProject. – Tracking projects as Gantt charts – Quick over view of project -progress with the help of Calendar and Events
Basic data elements and management functions include:
- Projects and Tasks
- Companies, Departments and Contacts
- ToDo lists
- Resources (rooms, equipment et al.)
- Gantt charts
- Access control via ACL
- History of all activities
The latest version of dotProject now is 2.1.5, you can get it from SourceForge.
dotProject aims to provide the project manager with a tool to manage tasks, schedules, communication and sharing. But beware, dotProject will not be all things to all project managers – you may find that other FOSS tools are more appropriate to your particular requirements. You will need to do some investigation and testing to find the product that best suits your requirements.