Thursday, September 08, 2005

Faces - for project managers

Bumped into this one. Faces. . With it, you write your planning as a python like program (though with some creative use of python constructs i must say).. Check out the docx, this program appears to be really neat!

What is faces

Faces is a powerful, flexible and free projectmanagment tool.

Faces stands for flexible, automated, calculating, extendible, simulating.

Faces is based on python, an easy to learn and powerful programming language. Projects in faces are simple python programs, which can be edited by the graphical front-end or your favorite text editor. The comfortable auto completion function enables you to input many tasks very fast and restructure them afterwards.

Faces combines the maturity of a shrink-wrapped product with the flexibility of an individual software.

Faces is designed to be easily extendible to custom needs (e.g. adding new custom fields to tasks is a breeze). The whole power of python can easily be used to generate all kinds of output, to change the scheduling behavior or to modify the graphical front-end.

Faces is divided in a class framework and a graphical front-end. Faces project files use the class framework and can act as stand-alone programs. You can use them to generate your reports without the graphical front end. Therefore the report generation process can be automated, for example to update a web-report periodically.

Faces enables you to save snapshots of your projects to track the changes while progressing and compare them to your initial planning.

With faces you your risks can be seized and simulated in different scenarios. It is possible to build and evaluate several planning alternatives.

In faces you are able to use a common resource database and to balance your resources simultaneously over multiple projects. It is also possible to generate summary reports of multiple projects.

With faces you can build your own knowledge-base for reusing experiences of former projects and improve your planning.

Faces supports several methods for estimating projects, e.g. faces has special support for the delphi estimation method.

In faces you are able to register the performed efforts and compare them to the planned efforts. The real and planed costs can be tracked to create a cost profit analysis of your projects.


Faces is Open Source software licensed under the GNU GPL.

View the documentation online

Examples and screenshots, we all want that!