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Decent project management tools?
show user profile  Dave
I know the topic is at the height of boredom. But I've been tasked with finding a decent project management tool, ideally web based.

We're using Trello at the moment, and my summary of Trello is: "decent if everybody already knows exactly what they're doing and how to do it". I might actually murder someone if I'm forced to keep using it. Most of our team work remotely and I can't be doing with this little note based system that ends up in an endless narrow scrolling fest.

Not to hate on trello too much mind, I'm sure a lot of tiny mac-wielding media marketing types fuckin' love it. But we cannot feasibly continue to use it to make games.

So, anyone using anything decent? Or know of anything good? There's bloody millions to choose from and I thought it might be worth asking around before I start dipping my toes in.

I've rambled enough already, but I'm looking for something that I can break overall tasks down into, y'know like sprint sessions and... err, other producery things I don't know the names of. Something that gives any worker the overall scope of the project from start to end but keeps them focused on the tasks at hand.

Hit me with your rhythm sticks. And I apologise if I've offended any trello lovers.

Oh, worth noting that they don't have to be free, but we're not going to spend mega bucks on something like this.

"I flew over Egypt once"

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11/18/2015 10:00:55 PM (last edit: 11/18/2015 10:05:18 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
Shotgun is pretty big. I hear of it frequently.

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11/18/2015 10:27:19 PM (last edit: 11/18/2015 10:27:43 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
Most project management tools usually end up requiring more effort on the part of the artist... Which nullifies the point of a project management system:


At best, they end up requiring a dedicated individual for data entry and organization. Which nullifies the other point of a project management system:

Lowered overhead.

-Marko Mandaric

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11/18/2015 10:29:24 PM (last edit: 11/18/2015 10:29:24 PM)
show user profile  Error404
Shotgun can definitely work if it's used and setup properly, but even then it does require everyone to actually use it.

I've used several project management setups (shotgun being one of them), I've not really liked any of them to well. But anything is usually better than nothing. And as bolts said, you usually need at least one person semi-dedicated (or more) to setting it up and maintaining it. In a big studio setups that's fine, but not really feasible for small studios or small projects all the time. -

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11/19/2015 1:40:39 AM (last edit: 11/19/2015 1:40:39 AM)
show user profile  Dave
Yeah we're pretty small, 15 or so full time I think. But there are dedicated "leads" as it were, who are responsible for assigning/reviewing tasks, as well as doing our own shit obviously. So we'd be the ones maintaining the system and everyone else would just need to check in and mark things as being worked on or done.

Shotgun looks pretty sweet, the boss is not happy with the price though which I can understand.

"I flew over Egypt once"

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11/19/2015 4:09:32 PM (last edit: 11/19/2015 4:09:32 PM)
show user profile  mike_renouf
I'm just throwing this out there, but I've never used it myself. Asana is worth a look perhaps? Again - you would need your whole team to buy in of course.

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11/19/2015 4:55:02 PM (last edit: 11/19/2015 4:55:02 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
"Shotgun looks pretty sweet, the boss is not happy with the price though which I can understand."

And that's the price the community agreed upon, not the owners.

-Marko Mandaric

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11/19/2015 9:24:46 PM (last edit: 11/19/2015 9:24:46 PM)
show user profile  Coxy
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11/21/2015 5:35:46 PM (last edit: 11/21/2015 5:35:46 PM)
show user profile  Vivifyer
ran basecamp for a few years, switched over to asana, and things are much better. also looked into active colab, but didnt really use that before getting fully into Asana.
Vivifyer - Lastpixel

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12/3/2015 3:53:39 AM (last edit: 12/3/2015 3:53:39 AM)
show user profile  ijzerman
I hate projectmanagement software, as Bolts says, takes too much time. Anyway, we used to have mavenlink but is was too much work. Now we use harvest, i just use it to keep track of the hours and whatever happends with that is for the studio manager :) I like this one best so far :)

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12/3/2015 8:32:03 AM (last edit: 12/3/2015 8:32:03 AM)
show user profile  ccampbell
Project management software blows but sometimes its necessary - We use trello here for a light weight stuff and it works for us but its hardly project management solution. Its a kind of social project sharing thing.

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12/3/2015 8:34:05 PM (last edit: 12/3/2015 8:34:05 PM)
show user profile  Artie
bumped into this one
looks like a decent one
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12/15/2015 11:24:35 PM (last edit: 12/15/2015 11:24:35 PM)
show user profile  chillywilson
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12/16/2015 1:39:30 PM (last edit: 12/16/2015 1:39:30 PM)
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