I want to manage my project by means of a Gantt chart, combined with a cakendar view and an easy time tracking tool.
I've been looking for a product (app or program) that would integrate Gantt, calendar and time tracking. I've seen many different applications that usually concentrate only on one of the three and the two other are either missing or lacking in functionality.
I like to use Gantt to plan ahead in the big picture. But then I also need to have more detailed control over what happens when (scheduling), e.g. which task is worked on when and for how long. A calendar interface may not be always the best for this, but it's sometimes easier than with Gantt. It also helps to build a daily agenda timetable. Lastly, I need to compare the time spent/tracked with time planned.
Some of the applications I've tried:
- taskjuggler: very good Gantt facilities (possible to see when task is being worked on), can track time to some extent (with a special setup) and even book time (somewhat analogous to calendar appointments), but has no real calendar view. Is there perhaps some new UI for it I'm not aware of?
- taskcoach: More interactive than taskjuggler and can track time in a simpler way. However, no real Calendar view, although the time line can be used in that way.
- Thunderbird Lightning with Gantt plugin: great calendar facilities, but the Gantt plugin is unmaintained and has very little functionality. I'm not aware of any way to track time with it.
- Redmine: Pretty good with Gantt (but it's not very detailed) and time tracking, but has no detailed Calendar view plugin (that would show when tasks are being worked on) that I'm aware of.
How can I make a combined management of all this?