10 herramientas de software libre para gestionar proyectos | Bitelia.com


Avatar de Marilí­n Gonzalo | Bitelia

Para trabajar de forma profesional en un proyecto, muchas veces necesitamos algo más que una lista de tareas, y es el momento de buscar una solución en software, tanto si es un trabajo que vamos a llevar a cabo solos como si hay otras personas en el equipo. Si los clientes son varios, entonces ya es imprescindible encontrar algún buen programa de gestión de proyectos, estable pero también flexible. Los programas desoftware libre son ideales porque además de ser potentes, cuentan detrás con una comunidad de desarrolladores y pueden hacernos ahorrar bastante en costos.

Hemos hecho una lista de herramientas de software libre abiertas y disponibles, así cualquiera que lo necesite pueda tener a mano un sitio donde buscar y probar distintos programas que han sido recomendados por sus usuarios. Si usan otras y les parece que deberíamos conocerlas, no olviden mencionarlas en los comentarios.

colabtive: A los fans de Basecamp les gustará esta herramienta, porque es la alternativa open source a herramientas propietarias como esta. Permite importar desde Basecamp e incluye funciones similares como la gestión de diferentes proyectos, los Milestones y las listas de tareas. También mide el tiempo dedicado a las tareas, emite informes y cuenta con varios plugins para extender sus funciones. Sólo en inglés.

Project HQ: También similar a Basecamp, Project HQ está construido sobre Python, Pylons y SQLAlchemy, y su base de datos es totalmente independiente. Gestiona distintas compañías, miembros y proyectos y cuenta con minestrones y listas de tareas. Es configurable visualmente usando CSS.

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Why I Love 37signals

I don’t own any of 37signal‘s products. As a matter of fact, using Basecamp annoys the heck out of me. But I love 37signals and everything they do and stand for.

Why? They’re not afraid to say what they think, no matter who might get offended. A week ago, I posted an article called Teaching Graphic Designers About The Web. Personally I thought it was a great article and it seem to do well traffic-wise.

However a small demographic of my readers decided to completely ignore the 700+ word article and instead focus on one word – gay. Yes, I called the Droid gay. And no, I don’t regret it.


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I don’t own any of 37signal‘s products. As a matter of fact, using Basecamp annoys the heck out of me. But I love 37signals and everything they do and stand for.Why? They’re not afraid to say what they think, no matter who might get offended. A week ago, I posted an article called Teaching Graphic Designers About  The Web. Personally I thought it was a great article and it seem to do well traffic-wise.

However a small demographic of my readers decided to completely ignore the 700+ word article and instead focus on one word – gay. Yes, I called the Droid gay. And no, I don’t regret it.

Why People Hate 37signals

I’ve never heard anyone say that they hated 37signals because their products stunk. Or their customer services. Or even their prices. Instead, people choose to hate 37signals because they think their “pompous” and “arrogant”. Apparently being truthful, speaking your mind and injecting humor into your writings now classifies as “arrogant” in the world today. Pity.

I’ve listened to every one of their podcasts and read all of their books. I have never seen one thing that was arrogant or pompous. I think their writing is hilarious and I actually enjoy reading their business books instead of falling asleep like I have with so many other’s books.

Why is it that in this day and age, we have to be so stuck up as to “punish” those that think outside of the box? You don’t want a full-time job? The government punishes you by making you pay double taxes. You want to be an artist? You get laughed at, the crappy building in college or told to get a real job. This world is seems to be built like a factory where from kindergarten you’re told to sit down, shut up and do the same thing as everyone else.

Another reason people hate 37signals is because 37signals writes about how they’ve been successful in business and people claim it can’t “always” be done like that. Well of course, it doesn’t work for everyone, otherwise we’d all be rich, right? Do you really want another general advise business book or a company writing about practices they don’t actually do; or do you want to hear about what a company actually did to be successful? Leer más “Why I Love 37signals”

Effective Tour Pages: Trends and Showcase

I was recently working on the tour page for Vandelay Premier and doing some research on other tour pages to gather inspiration. I decided to put this post together because it is a topic that can have a great deal of impact on the success of a web app or web business.

Looking at the analytics data shortly after launching Vandelay Premier it was obvious that the tour page will have an incredibly significant impact on the success of the site. When visitors arrive at a site that they are not familiar with the tour page is very inviting since it promises to help them get acquainted with the site very quickly. Many sites and apps place a link or a button for the tour in a very prominent location, so it provides a very valuable opportunity to sell.

By looking at the trends and examples of well-designed tour pages you can pick up some ideas for use in your own work. Here we will cover some of the most common trends of tour pages and we’ll include a showcase of pages for your own inspiration. [Más…]
Trends of Tour Pages:
1. Lists of Features and/or Benefits

The most important job of a tour page is to show a visitor why they should care about the site or product, and what it can do for them. Effective tour pages break down the main features, benefits, or selling points in a way that shows visitors how useful it can be to them. The screenshot below shows how Basecamp quickly lists the benefits, and visitors can click on any of them for more information.


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By looking at the trends and examples of well-designed tour pages you can pick up some ideas for use in your own work. Here we will cover some of the most common trends of tour pages and we’ll include a showcase of pages for your own inspiration.

Trends of Tour Pages:

1. Lists of Features and/or Benefits

The most important job of a tour page is to show a visitor why they should care about the site or product, and what it can do for them. Effective tour pages break down the main features, benefits, or selling points in a way that shows visitors how useful it can be to them. The screenshot below shows how Basecamp quickly lists the benefits, and visitors can click on any of them for more information.

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Planning & Designing a Custom Web App

So you’ve got a great idea for a new online tool, and you seemingly have many of the skills to create it. It can be as basic as Ta-da Lists, or as robust as Basecamp, all you know is that you can design and code (or hire someone to do the parts you can’t do), and want to make your own idea for a web app come to life.

There are likely millions of ideas for great web apps floating around, and yet many of them never come into existence because that one person with the idea doesn’t know where to start. With every great project, designers can be hired, and developers will come as well. The real problem that needs to be solved is the planning of a web app.


So you’ve got a great idea for a new online tool, and you seemingly have many of the skills to create it. It can be as basic as Ta-da Lists, or as robust as Basecamp, all you know is that you can design and code (or hire someone to do the parts you can’t do), and want to make your own idea for a web app come to life.

There are likely millions of ideas for great web apps floating around, and yet many of them never come into existence because that one person with the idea doesn’t know where to start. With every great project, designers can be hired, and developers will come as well. The real problem that needs to be solved is the planning of a web app.

Planning & Designing a Custom Web App Leer más “Planning & Designing a Custom Web App”

Occam’s Razor: A Great Principle for Designers

Lex parsimoniae is the Latin expression of what is known in English as Occam’s Razor, a philosophical rule of thumb that has guided some of the world’s best and brightest minds (including Isaac Newton).

It is named after the 14th-century logician and theologian William of Ockham.

But what the heck does Occam’s Razor have to do with web design? I’m glad you asked. To put it plainly, Occam’s Razor states that the simplest explanation is usually true.

For our purposes, to use Occam’s Razor is to do something in the simplest manner possible because simpler is usually better.

In this article, we’ll show you how to use Occam’s Razor to create better websites and to enhance the user experience, both for yourself and your clients.

Before we dive into the details, let’s look at a real-world example of Occam’s Razor as used by a company whose simple and effective products you are certainly familiar with: 37signals.


Lex parsimoniae is the Latin expression of what is known in English as Occam’s Razor, a philosophical rule of thumb that has guided some of the world’s best and brightest minds (including Isaac Newton).

It is named after the 14th-century logician and theologian William of Ockham.

But what the heck does Occam’s Razor have to do with web design? I’m glad you asked. To put it plainly, Occam’s Razor states that the simplest explanation is usually true.

For our purposes, to use Occam’s Razor is to do something in the simplest manner possible because simpler is usually better.

In this article, we’ll show you how to use Occam’s Razor to create better websites and to enhance the user experience, both for yourself and your clients.

Before we dive into the details, let’s look at a real-world example of Occam’s Razor as used by a company whose simple and effective products you are certainly familiar with: 37signals. Leer más “Occam’s Razor: A Great Principle for Designers”

¿Por qué no funcionan los entornos colaborativos 2.0 en mi empresa?

por Rocío López Piñero

Gracias a la tecnología web 2.0 aplicada a la empresa, es posible compartir información en espacios como los “facebooks” corporativos mediante perfiles, wikis o blogs. Todos podemos generar contenido. ¿Pero realmente quieren o necesitan hacerlo? ¿Mis empleados son prosumidores? ¿Pertenecen a la generación Y o Z? ¿Realmente mejoraremos los procesos? ¿Hay cultura empresarial en la organizacion como para crear masa critica? Existen muchas preguntas que responder antes de realizar un proyecto de colaboración 2.0.


por Rocío López Piñero

Gracias a la tecnología web 2.0 aplicada a la empresa, es posible compartir información en espacios como los “facebooks” corporativos mediante perfiles, wikis o blogs. Todos podemos generar contenido. ¿Pero realmente quieren o necesitan hacerlo? ¿Mis empleados son prosumidores? ¿Pertenecen a la generación Y o Z? ¿Realmente mejoraremos los procesos? ¿Hay cultura empresarial en la organizacion como para crear masa critica? Existen muchas preguntas que responder antes de realizar un proyecto de colaboración 2.0. Leer más “¿Por qué no funcionan los entornos colaborativos 2.0 en mi empresa?”

Mind Mapping–The Fun Side Of Time Management


Do you want to get better results, be more productive, accomplish your goals and be more organized? It’s all about timing… Time management is planning activities effectively.

Mind maps are an excellent tool for managing time and help you use it efficiently in each step of every process. Mind mapping is a powerful method for generating and picturing ideas and activities, brainstorming and organizing thoughts. Using this type of software can help you save time, increase you skills while you are solving a problem, intensify creativity and facilitate your thinking processes.

Seavus DropMind™ is a mind mapping tool for personal development which will help you be more productive at the workplace and in your life. It arranges your thoughts graphically and makes a clear picture of your activities with a variety of colors and relationships, highlighters, images and icons that will – – help you get clarity of thoughts. Seeing your ideas in colors can increase your problem solving skills, leading to more innovative solutions.

Represented by the desktop platform-friendly mind mapping solution and unique online application created with the next generation, most powerful runtime on the web, MS® Silverlight™, Seavus DropMind™ provides its users with full advantage of the logical way of thinking.

Both applications are integrated and synchronized together by merging the best from the desktop and web solution. This allows you to get the latest changes and be updated anytime and anyplace, without losing any information.

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Seavus DropMind™ offers a selection of great features and benefits that enhance brainstorming and strategic thinking, accelerate project and process planning and boost productivity.

Organize yourself

Benjamin Franklin said “For Every Minute Spent Organizing, An Hour Is Earned”

With Seavus DropMind™ you have endless possibilities. You will be able to reduce wastage of time and accomplish more. You can organize your project, add and update task information directly within the mind map by using the advanced task management functionality.

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