Welcome to OpenProject! We are glad to have you here. In this section we will cover an introduction to project management with OpenProject as well as general topics regarding OpenProject.
|About OpenProject||What is OpenProject?|
|First steps to get started||The first steps to get started with OpenProject.|
|The entire Project Management Life-Cycle||Find out more how OpenProject supports the different project phases.|
|OpenProject products||What is the difference between the Community, Cloud and Enterprise Edition?|
OpenProject is free and open source software for classical as well as agile project management to support your team along the entire project life-cycle. OpenProject is available in more than 30 languages.
OpenProject exists since 2011 and is a fork of the deprecated ChiliProject which was a fork of Redmine.
To get started with OpenProject, there are a few easy steps to follow:
- Get an account and sign in
- Create a new project
- Invite team members to collaborate
- Create work packages
- Set up a project plan
OpenProject offers a full feature set to support project teams along the entire project management process:
OpenProject enables project collaboration and communication without system interruption from the initial project idea until project closure and documentation.
The following sections provide links to the documentation for each project phase:
|Project phase||Documentation for|
|Project concept and initiation||Collect ideas and specify project scope and deliverables: set up a project, document initial ideas, project description, invite members.|
|Project definition and planning||Create a project overview with detailed information, set up a project plan, create your roadmap.|
|Project launch or execution||Manage all project activities, such as tasks, deliverables, risks, features, bugs, change requests. Use agile boards with your teams, document meetings, share news.|
|Project performance and control||Create and manage project budgets, track and evaluate time and costs. Have custom reports for accurate, current insight into project performance and allocated resources.|
|Project close||Document project achievements, lessons learned, best practices and easily summarize the main results of a project. Archive projects for later reference and lessons learned.|
OpenProject supports the initial set-up and configuration of a project structure.
|Create a new project||Create and set up a new project in OpenProject.|
|Set up a project structure||Create a project hierarchy to structure your work in OpenProject.|
|Document ideas||Create first ideas, tasks, rough milestones.|
|Project description||Describe the goal and the way to reach them for your project.|
|Invite members||Invite your team to collaborate in OpenProject.|
Create a project overview with more detailed information, set up your project plan, structure your work, create a roadmap.
|Project overview||Create a project overview with important project information.|
|Project plan||Set up a project timeline.|
|Structure your work||Create work packages and structure your work|
|Roadmap planning||Create a roadmap for your project.|
Manage all project activities, such as tasks, deliverables, risks, features, bugs, change requests in the work packages. Use agile boards with your teams. Document meetings, share news.
|Work packages||Create and manage all project deliverables, tasks, features, risks, and more.|
|Boards||Manage your work with an Agile approach in the flexible boards view.|
|Meetings||Plan and document your project meetings and share minutes with all your team.|
|News||Share project news with your team.|
|Wiki||Document all important project information and keep it up to date with your team.|
Create and manage project budgets, track and evaluate time and costs. Have custom reports for accurate, current insight into project performance and allocated resources.
|Dashboard||Visualize your progress within a project or project overarching (coming soon).|
|Budgets||Create and manage budgets in your project.|
|Time tracking||Track time for any work within your project.|
|Track unit costs||Track unit costs for your project.|
|Time and cost reporting||Have accurate detailed reports of current spent time and costs within your project.|
Document project achievements, lessons learned, best practices and easily summarize the main results of a project. Archive projects for later reference and lessons learned.
|Wiki||Document all relevant project information, lessons learned, best practices, results, and more.|
|Project archive||Archive your project for further reference and documentation.|
OpenProject can be used in three different editions, either on-premises or as software-as-a-service.
- Community edition: self-installed on-premise.
- Enterprise cloud edition: we host it, incl. premium features and support.
- Enterprise on-premises edition: self-hosted version, incl. premium features and support.
To compare the features side by side, please visit our Feature Comparison page.