Open source and free tools, do you make the most of them?

If you looked, you would be amazed at the amount of open source and free tools available out there to effectively run your projects.

For a small business this is great news.  Depending on the size of your organization and project team some tools that you normally have to pay for offer a free version for a smaller user group, say a couple of team members or projects only.  Whereas there are other tools that are totally free.

Project Management and Collaborative tools – Skype is just one great business tool, but there are also project management tools online that enable chat, file and message sharing just to name a few.

Organization – there are plenty of tools and apps that can help you be better organized.

Training and Knowledge – you would be amazed at what people are willing to give away for free.  Just search YouTube for example.

Data and code repositories – Looking for a shared location to store code and data, well they are out there and free!

Issue and bug tracking tools – looking for a way to manage issues, bug, risks or issues, well there are some fantastic tools out there all free to help you do just this.

Social Media – some of the social media sites have some great features that are highly underutilized.  Google+, Facebook and Linked In all offer collaboration services that you can securely use with only a select group of users.

These are just some of the key examples but there is more.

Don’t know where to start?  Just Google, it’s all out there to be found.

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