Head of E-Commerce at Otto UK
11 March 2007 20:28pm
I am looking for some simple inexpensive software to help my team manage workload. I have a team of 9 who manage internal creative work and content management tasks. I'm looking for an application that will allow the manager to plan work as it is briefed in, assign it to individuals, report on individuals' output and identify capacity issues coming up.
I'm sure there are big enterprise planning things out there, but I suspect that will be over egging it rather. Anyone know of anything?
CEO at SciVisum.co.uk
16 March 2007 18:20pm
Long time since we've been in contact (back when John Veichmanis was with you).
A tool our chaps use that may fit the bill is RoundUp - it's an open source tool -so fit's your price requirements!
It's web based of course.
We use it to cover allocating work to people, allocating time-estimates, seeing projects through various stages (configurable), allocating priorities/ man days etc.
It has cool email integration - so it emails folks on the 'nosy list' whenever the status of a project changes. Nice.
It bills itself as:
"A simple-to-use and -install issue-tracking system with command-line, web and e-mail interfaces. Highly customisable."http://roundup.sourceforge.net/
It's written in high level/ easy language python, so any half-decent techie can customise it for you big time very easily.
As far as our use of it goes, it's great for what we want: tracking work, and seeing status etc. Sounds ideal for your needs - unless maybe you want a GANTT type approach? (setting a piece of work to an exact date) so you can that April 17th has all bodies already booked, or etc.
But it's used even by such august folks as the IETF working groups - so must be good!
PS - been meaning to contact you, we have a service coming up that gives media buyers a real time correlation between sales funnel conversion % and the performance (speed/error rate) of purchase User Journeys; and wondered who in your team to talk to; we're doing a low cost beta to a few existing clients and a select few others.
CEO at Econsultancy
19 March 2007 09:54am
We use Basecamp for pretty much what you describe. There's more on this and other tools under the discussion thread "Can anyone recommend good project management software for a small web development company" - read the replies in the thread below.
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