Redmine provides the tools that project managers need to keep their employees on target and ready to perform at their peak capacity.
- Cloud based project management tools
- Access to both gantt charts and a calendar
- Ability to create forums and wikis specific to each project
- An extremely stable platform for dealing with project management issues
- More affordable than many of its competitors
- Very easy to install
- Updating software can be a complicated affair
- Doesn't have the smooth interface of more high profile management tools
Managing a project can be tough work, and it only becomes tougher the more people you have to manage. While there are a number of robust platforms on the market that allow managers automate their process and more neatly organize the trajectory of their projects, Redmine has made a niche for itself by offering a rich feature set that's distinctly less expensive than many of its major competitors. From a top down perspective, Redmine has everything you need to see oversee and adjust the big picture aspects of your project. Gantt charts have become a popular means for tracking the state of projects, in large part because the simple time tables allow managers to get a snapshot of bigger picture issues with just a glance. Redmine has full support for gantt charts, as well as a calendar they can use to set deadlines, meetings, and special events. Whether you're overseeing the affairs of a few core developers or multiple teams, this combination of charts and calendars allows you to effectively track the productivity of your employees and adjust your goals and milestones as situations demand. Complementing these features are email notifications and feeds that can be filtered to make sure you have access to the metrics that are most important to your projects. Redmine allows multiple different projects to be managed at the same time, and these can be scaled to accommodate the demands of different managers within the production ladder. Managers also have access to custom fields they can use to leave notes about issues, time entries, and projects. The tools to track team members individually are just as robust. Role based access controls allow administrators to divvy out responsibilities and compartmentalize the features and responsibilities that different members in the chain of command have access to. Time tracking allows you to keep track of the productivity of all of your members and keep an eye out for potential overtime issues or problems with efficiency on a person to person basis. Multiple databases are also supported in the Redmine suite. Individual wikis and forums can be set up for individual projects. That means that you can have segregated discussions for different teams. Combined with user access settings, this facilitates the creation of a free flowing work environment where multiple team members can straddle multiple roles as the situation demands. Integration is also available for a number of third party supply chain management platforms like Git, Mercurial, and Bazaar. Filling out the feature set are options to deal with ticket management and issues support. Issues can be pulled from your email and converted directly into a ticket, speeding up the process of filing issues. Their flexible issue tracking system makes sure that the right issues get into the hands of the people best equipped to deal with them and smooth out communications between management and troubleshooting.