Why is is that a tool such as Redmine can still compete with the titans of project management? Let's digg in a little deeper.

Back to the basics. Let's first define the principal terms.

What is project management, anyway?

Project management is the process of planning, organizing, and directing resources (people, materials, equipment) to achieve specific goals and objectives within a defined timeline and budget. 

The goals of a good project manager are to deliver a project within the constraints of scope, time, cost, quality, and customer satisfaction. Project managers use various tools, techniques, and methodologies to achieve these goals, such as agile, scrum, waterfall, and others.

What tools are there to help with project management?

There are a variety of tools available to help with project management, including:

  1. Project management software: tools that help manage tasks, resources, timelines, budgets, and other aspects of a project. Examples include Asana, Trello, Jira, Microsoft Project, and Redmine.
  2. Collaboration and communication tools: platforms that allow team members to communicate and share information, such as email, instant messaging, video conferencing, and virtual meeting tools like Zoom, Slack, Microsoft Teams, or Redmine Messenger.
  3. Task management tools: tools that help track and prioritize tasks, such as Todoist, Trello, or Redmine.
  4. File sharing and storage tools: platforms for storing, sharing, and organizing project-related files, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or Redmine DMS.
  5. Time tracking and productivity tools: apps and software that help track time spent on tasks, such as Toggl, RescueTime, or Redmine.
  6. Budgeting and financial management tools: platforms that help manage project finances, such as QuickBooks, or RedmineUP Budgets. 

These are just a few examples of the tools that are available to support project management. The best tool or combination of tools will depend on the specific needs and requirements of the project and the organization, but as you can see, Redmine is the common denominator when it comes to combining all of the listed tools.

Moreover, Redmine can combine all of these tools at an unprecedented price, so that might be the reason Redmine is still in business. With plugins from companies such as RedmineX or RedmineUP, you can cover all of your management needs.

What are the downsides of Redmine compared to modern tools?

While Redmine has many capabilities, it faces competition from more modern project management tools that offer additional features and a more user-friendly interface. Some of the ways modern tools compete with Redmine include:

  1. Ease of use: Many modern tools have a more intuitive interface and are easier to use than Redmine, making them more accessible to a wider range of users.
  2. Integration with other tools: Many modern tools offer better integration with other productivity and communication tools, such as email, instant messaging, and file-sharing platforms.
  3. Mobile apps: Many modern tools have mobile apps that allow users to access project information and update tasks on the go, which Redmine currently lacks.
  4. Advanced reporting and analytics: Many modern tools offer advanced reporting and analytics capabilities, allowing project managers to access real-time data and make data-driven decisions.

That being said, Redmine is still widely used and has a loyal user base due to its open-source nature, customizable interface, and flexible architecture. Ultimately, the choice between Redmine and other modern project management tools will depend on the specific needs and requirements of the organization.

Is there any correlation between good UI and productivity?

Yes, there is is. A well-designed user interface can make a task or workflow easier to understand and complete, reducing the time and effort required to get the job done. This can result in increased productivity for the user.

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For example, a UI that is intuitive and easy to navigate can reduce the time spent searching for information or performing tasks, allowing users to focus on more valuable tasks. Moreover, a UI that is designed with accessibility in mind can also increase productivity for users with disabilities by making it easier for them to use a product or service.

In summary, a good UI can positively impact productivity by reducing the time and effort required to complete tasks, reducing errors, and increasing accessibility.

And that's where Abacusmine comes into play. Abacusmine is the first commercial theme for Redmine, first released in 2014, that brings a nice & well-organized UI for Redmine. Thanks to the combination of Redmine, Abacusmine, and Redmine plugins by RedmineX, you can easily get a robust tool that can compete with giants such as JIRA, or Asana.

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