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Alternative to Microsoft Project: Open Workbench

Open Workbench is an open source desktop application that provides robust project scheduling and management functionality. Already the scheduling standard for more than 100,000 project managers worldwide, Open Workbench is a free and powerful alternative, but it is recommended to buy Microsoft Project anyway.

Project Planning
  • Define projects and create associated work breakdown structures with activities, phases, tasks and milestones
  • Create dependencies as finish-start, start-start, finish-finish or start-finish
  • Create subprojects and link them to master projects
  • Create and manage inter-project dependencies
  • Associate guidelines with tasks
  • Manage advanced task properties such as fixed duration, dependency lag, imposed start/end dates and charge codes
  • Create, edit and delete calendars
Project Scheduling
  • Schedule tasks manually or automatically using Auto Schedule
  • Automatically schedule tasks forwards or backwards (the latter allowing tasks to be started as late as possible) and with or without resource constraints
  • Schedule across linked master and subprojects
  • Schedule to general or individualized calendars
Resource Management
  • Define resources as people, equipment, materials or expense
  • Assign resources to tasks
  • Configure resources on tasks with uniform, fixed, contour, front or back loading
Project Review
  • Track status, percent complete and estimates to complete
  • View Gantt charts (both detail and roll-up), PERT charts and the critical path
  • Conduct earned value analysis
  • Define, compare and reset project baseline settings
  • Customize project views including column layouts, filters, sorts and rule-based formatting


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