I can't have anything web based although I can run an XAMP or WAMP server if needed. I am using Jira but it may be too much and I've looked at a couple others that haven't been updated in ages. Thoughts?
- I use Freedcamp on the side for project management. Entirely free, unlimited projects for an unlimited time. Categorisation is super simple/useful and the dashboard home gives you an important overview of each subproject within the main project plus the people working on a particular project. Every subproject can have a task list, milestones, discussions, timesheets, files, calendar, etc. Available on iOS too.
- If you are looking for something that isn't web based and can run on XAMP or WAMP, I'd recommend Active Collab - it's focused more on the collaboration part so it's more enjoyable to use than tools like Jira in my opinion and honestly there aren't a lot of tools that are web-based but can be run on your own server vs SAAS (which I believe is your concern here right? For privacy reasons or data control etc??) The latest version has a component even for the self-hosted version that does some communicating back to their cloud servers, you'd need to confirm if that's something you would be comfortable with or could allow through a firewall etc. If not, the previous version AC4 can be fully self-hosted with no need to communicate back to "base" for any reason. It has a different overall look and feel because this new version is a refresh of the design as well as the core functionality but it's a product that has been around for quite a while and is still used by many organizations from universities to small businesses to cities actually. I know this because I've been using it for 10+ years now and started about 8+ years ago consulting other businesses on it as 3rd party with my company ActiveLabs. We built an addon and made it available commercially and then teams started asking us if we could build other custom features just for them too. What I first liked about was always that fully customizable element via building these addons / plugins that can be installed to extend the functionality (not exactly like Wordpress but similar) so it's been amazing to help other teams leverage that. Because let's face it, how many times have you run into a roadblock where you wish you could get the tool to do something you wanted it to do? It's nice to have a path to get that even if the creators don't see the need for it or you don't represent the typical client. But oops, I'm getting a little off topic although it's important to know that flexibility. I love tools like Asana, Trello, etc as well, especially when they document the API well and you can integrate with other tools or build something custom but it's not the same as building the features right inside or on top of the existing tool. I would and do still recommend those in places where something web-based is a viable option and it fits the teams needs. I personally use Asana, Trello, Streak, and more for managing our businesses as well right now. But if you need something that's not web-based but can be self-hosted --- I've looked around and I'm not aware of anything better than AC so it's still my go-to recommendation and not as many people know about it. Rather than make this message any longer, feel free PM me or post a comment here and I'm happy to answer any questions about either version -- or reach out to the ActiveCollab support about the latest edition, they are usually very helpful. I will mention that a lot of people are also drawn to their pricing model for the self-hosted version --- basically a one time fee with a yearly cost for optional updates and support. No per/user pricing to worry about. I actually have clients still using AC2 and running very active businesses on it as well with a fully customized setup that we've built addons together over time to create. If you've got people on the team who know php/js you can build addons of your own or integrate with the api where that fits the needs there's just a bit of a learning curve. Hope this helps!