Desktop Project Management Software usually is used for personal use. It because the software is set up for use in one place and runs as stand-alone software. So usually desktop project management software does not require an internet connection. Here is some free desktop project management software that can be downloaded and run by your self.
For you, project managers are certainly familiar with the Microsoft Office Project. However, have you ever known about ProjectLibre? If you don’t know it, then we suggest you to start looking at this software. One of the reasons is that this software was developed as an open-source which means that this software is totally free.
ProjectLibre is an open source project management software alternative to Microsoft Project. ProjectLibre provides a feature to import Microsoft Project files. Also, it offers a UI that is quite similar to Microsoft Project to make a transition easier. Until this article is written, this platform is compatible with Microsoft Project 2003, 2007, and 2010 files.
The software has been downloaded over 3,000,000 times in 200 countries. Also, it was won InfoWorld “Best of Open Source” award. Considering ProjectLibre is desktop project management software which is written using Java technology, you can simply open them on Linux, Mac OS, or Windows.
Ganttproject is free desktop Gantt Chart Project Management Software. It offers completely free scheduling and management platform to ultimately better your business. And the most important thing is that the product can be used on various operating systems, including Windows, MacOSX, and Linux.
What I like about GanttProject is that the software lets us create tasks and milestones. So we can determine for major schedule intervals in addition to the entire project. In GanttProject, aside from the start date and duration, every task may have priority, cost, color and fill pattern, text notes, and user-defined custom fields.
GanttProject also enables users to organize tasks in a work breakdown structure. A hierarchical tree where progress, dates or costs of lower level tasks is summarized on the higher levels. So, summary tasks can be collapsed to hide tasks which are not important at the moment.
In addition, users can make each task dependent on another task. For example, “start X when Y finishes” and GanttProject will take care of enforcing these constraints. Another feature includes a Baseline, PERT Chart, and Exporting Report.
Windows, OSX, Linux
2-plan project management software consists of three project management tools. One is the 2-plan Desktop, “a free program for desktop scheduling”. The second one is 2-plan Team, an open-source project software for the collaboration of teams online, which is a fork of Collabtive. And the last one is Work 2-Gether, a Scrum Board Task Management System.
There is also additional programs and plugins that may be purchased in order to add more flexibility and functionality to the existing free solution.
Like GanttProject, 2-Plan also provides almost everything required for managing project. Its features include scheduling management, project planning tools, project plan creation. Also, the platform provides a graphical work breakdown structure (WBS), a project control system, and many more.
The software includes downloads that are compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
OpenProj is an open-source desktop project management software similar to Microsoft Project. Also, it has a familiar user interface and even opens existing MS Project files. The platform allows you to create projects and break them up into steps and milestones. In addition, each step and milestones may have its own set of details that allows you to delegate them as tasks for teams.
The core features of OpenProj are Gantt charts, PERT charts, and earned value costing. Each of these tools helps managers allocate time, resources and budget expenses. Other features include task usage reports, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) chart, Resource Breakdown Structure (RBS) chart, and Opens existing MS Project files.
In my experience, Resource Breakdown Structure (RBS) is rarely found in other project management software (except Microsoft Project). The RBS display resources in a hierarchical tree that corresponds to the structure defined in the Resource Sheet. So, with OpenProj users are able to organize their resources by geographic hierarchies, organizational, or ability. An important feature of this option is the sum of groups of parameters Cost and Budget.
Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Web browser (OS agnostic)
Open Workbench is a robust, mature tool for project scheduling and management with Gantt Chart Project Management. It presenting information in a way that is intuitive and easy to learn. With Open Workbench, you can define a work breakdown structure, set dependencies and resource constraints, assign resources to tasks, auto schedule and then monitor progress.
The program’s most useful feature is its scheduling capabilities. Also, the ability to create a Work Breakdown Structure simply. Once the WBS has been created, project managers can easily assign resources, create dependencies, and create a schedule. And the most important thing about Open Workbench is that the task schedule is driven by the number of hours each resource will work per week.
Overall, Open Workbench is really like an alternative to Microsoft Project. The main difference between both of them is that Open Workbench schedules based on effort whereas MS Project’s default scheduling method are based on duration. Although in MS Project the user can change the method to work (effort).
Open Workbench runs under Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and 7. It requires Java Runtime Environment version 1.3.1 or later.