Software to help people commit Project Management.
In "classic" (Water Fall, Gantt Chart) category, marketshare leader is Ms Project. We will bury you.
I tend to use a Software Forge, though I don't really think/plan in classic Project Management terms.
Feb'2013: Jason Cohen defines some niche-specific alternate approaches.
Notes from 2001
Micro Soft is broadening the reach of Ms Project. In the words of partner Business Engine , "They (Microsoft) want to make Project into a platform, which is the way we have always seen it," he said. (Though BE seems to have a top-down budget/ConTrol attitude...)
My vision is a product called Project Flux. Similar to the killed-by-BlogGer PyRa.
Here's one possible Name Space. Another is PmXml.
Co Mind Work
An old attempt: use ZWiki (Collaboration Ware, Wiki For Collaboration Ware)
- add some fields like assignedTo, expectedCompleteDate
use ZWiki's built-in Hierarchal Structure to mimic a hierarchy of tasks
body text of each task item/page is like a WebLog/AppLog entry. (And ZWiki let's you set up any page to support email subscription for updates.)
Structure the wikis for an organization as follows:
root/central wiki for central/cross-project info, plus a single Zwiki Tracker
SubWiki(s) for each project requiring significant documentation (User Stories, etc.)
Most discussion happens via EMail (and in person), then is recorded to the appropriate wiki pages, because Summarizing Is Necessary.
Note this makes it difficult/tricky to view a single-project Recent Changes/WebLog view.