Subject: [NYCGA Internet] Re: Project-centric web app?
From: Misfist
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 16:23:52 -0700 (PDT)
To: internet working group

I am a project manager and have done quite a bit of research about
online project management software. There are actually a good number
of free self-hosted PM/collaboration options available. I actually
have the following working demos set up on my own server:

OpenAtrium -
ProjectPier -
DotProject -
Collabtive -
Acheivo -

Please reply to my directly if you're interested in checking them out.


On Oct 10, 11:03 pm, wrote:
It seemed like there are two issues being discussed here:

1. there is a desire to have a marketplace of projects to harness the  
energy of everyone popping up to contribute. people with projects post  
them, people with interests and skills browse projects and sign up for  
them. some amount of tool-enabled team contacting and progress  
tracking may follow.

2. there is a desire forprojectmanagementtools for managers  
struggling to move complex projects forward with a disparate volunteer  
labor force.

for the latter, I think active collab works quite well.

I don't have a suggestion for a specific software off the top of my  
head for the former, but wouldn't something with the basic  
categorization and search functions of craigslist do the trick, maybe  
with a comment thread on the post pages? probably wordpress could be  
prodded to be employed in this way

- Sam

Quoting Antonio Serna <>:

Hi All,
Thanks for the links, I checked out the projects you sent me, they  
still seem very complex tools for the general public. I guess when I  
mentioned web app, I forgot to add that it should have a public face  
acccess via http. So to tweak my request would be:

- public
- public clicks projects
- public views simple listing of all projects.
- public findsprojectthey are looking for?
- - NO ? - public clicks "propose aproject" & Asked to create  
profile. And then proceed to fill outprojectdescr.
- - YES ? - public clicks "join theproject" & Asked to create  
profile and then clicks onprojectabilities listed.
- Person who initiatedprojecttracksprojectonline to see when  
enough members are interested and w/skills. Discusses viaproject 
page details, sets up meeting time, meeting times sent out, etc..,  

So most of the projects and projects interested would be available  
to anyone who visits the site.


On 10/10/11 5:22 PM, Todd Grayson wrote:
Nice... they provide the source as well. I know this is contra to the
FLO model... but, I have not seen anything that covers the scope of
functionality as well. Nice recommendation, noted!

On 10/10/2011 2:38 PM, wrote:
For a managing web development projects more wholesale - beyond just
ticket tracking - I've used active collab

which I must say covers all the bases right out of the box:
- teams
- milestones
- tasks
- documentmanagementwith versioning
- discussion threads
- issue ticketing
and integrates with subversion.

Basic license is $249, don't need to reinvent any wheels.

- Sam

Quoting Todd Grayson <>:

Yes, and I'm backing the use of

for those things you list, tactical, one off, or to-do check list
items that have to be tracked from request to completion. IMHO a
request for a new app could come in from something like this, but
specifying and managing the development effort beyond it would be out
of scope of the tool. Note that they dont mention "manage web
development projects" as a feature in the explanation of the product.


On 10/10/2011 10:28 AM, Dana Skallman wrote:
This options was suggested Ticket/Projecttracking system in the OWS
Solutions list.

It's open source and seems to have all things you need:

RT is a/battle-tested/ issue tracking system which thousands of
organizations use for/bug tracking/,/help desk ticketing/,
/customer service/,/workflow processes/,/change
management/,/network operations/,/youth counselling/ and
even more.

I don't have personal experience with it, but it may be worth

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On Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 12:26 PM, Todd Grayson <
<>> wrote:

I'll start looking around. A combo ofprojectworkspace as well
(job request jar and thenprojectteam portal).

We will need subversion/cvs infrastructure for managing
mult-developer projects in parallel, as well as bug tracking, etc.

(subversion and content versioning system are well established
code check in/check out repositories that most software developers
will be familiar with)


On 10/10/2011 10:14 AM, Antonio Serna wrote:

Hi All,
I know there is a push to get the new NYCGA.CC site up soon.

In the meantime, Devin or anyone like to offer their advice on
an open-source webapp that isproject-building-centric. The
following scenario was roughly sketched out. I would like to
implement something for the Arts & Culture groups but possible
all groups could use something with theseproject-centric

- person or group proposesprojectto system.
-projectinfo goes onto database w/ # of volunteers and
skills sets needed.
- community members joinproject.
- Once the a set number of members &/or skill join, the system
emails all.
- steps to moveprojectforward are then worked out and posted:
meetings/production phases/deadlines, are added.

P.s That's truly the next step forward for web apps. I mean
how many times can you "like" a funny photo on facebook before
you feel like you should be harnessing the power of the people
to get amazing stuff done.