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luvthemes says

Hi girls and boys,

I’m looking for a professional project management software. I used to use ActiveCollab, but I spent many hours to teach it to my clients.

I prefer self-hosted version, with clean, modern design.. like ActiveCollab.

Do you have any suggestions?

Thank you for the comments.

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ImanGM says

Hey,

I would recommend to try www.trello.com

I hope this helps.

Cheers,
Iman

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luvthemes says

Thank you! Yes, it seems good, but not self-hosted. Someone else? :)

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larsklein says
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luvthemes says

Check out Duet (costs): https://duetapp.com If not self-hosted: http://www.asana.com If open-source (and not awesome UI): http://online-project-management.bestreviews.net/top-5-open-source-web-based-project-management-tools/

Duetapp looks good, thank you

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subsolar says

Hey,

I would recommend to try www.trello.com

I hope this helps.

Cheers,
Iman

Yup, Trello here too. Simple, easy and fast :)

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simonswiss says

Trello is great – but i had some troubles trying to get clients to use it the right way. They would create a new card for each discussion and not use the useful features (checklists, attach documents, etc).

I personally use trello as my personal planner, things to do, and it works extremely great in that sense. If trained properly, it works great too in small teams and i absolutely love the speed of sync between all devices. Highly recommended.

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subsolar says

@simonswiss

In what way are you using it (or trying) with your clients? Just curious to know. I’m using it personally and as you said, it’s great in that case.

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simonswiss says

@subsolar well i use it as a project planning board – i create cards (tasks) for things that need to be done and assign them to the appropriate person. Things like setting up a hosting account, purchasing the domain name, searching for stock photos, etc.

In a website project, not 100% of the task rely on the developer. The client needs to provide texts and other assets, and that’s where i give them tasks on trello and assign these to them.

This way instead of dealing with 50+ emails i need to search within to get back to a conversation, we have everything in a single place within the board.

What i meant by the inefficiency of use with clients sometimes is that Trello takes some discipline from each user for things to work well. A card for a question about the navigation menu would do well with a title of “Navigation Menu Order Suggestion”, but instead some clients will call it “one more question please…”

Just like in a forum, that title doesn’t do much good.

Another example i had yesterday is a client, instead of creating a card with a checklist that can be ticked as we go through it, created a card with an attached Word document which contained a list of things to do. :-)

That said, i tend to give a few tips to clients for each improvements they could do with using trello, and they usually appreciate it and love using trello more and more as they understand its’ structure.

I still can’t believe trello is free – it’s incredibly powerful if used well.

Hope that answers your question!

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subsolar says

Thanks, you’ve been more than helpful. Yeah, I’m also like you thinking how this great app is still free.

Hey, you can create short guideline file for Trelo which you can send to your clients so they can make better use of it :)

There is also a great article about it on speckyboy.

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