Hannah Mccurdy-Adams

Reptile and Amphibian Program Development Coordinator, Wildlife Preservation Canada

About Hannah Mccurdy-Adams

I am a conservation biologist that has been involved in conservation projects for at-risk reptiles and amphibians in Canada for almost a decade. I have an MSc in Biology from Laurention University, Ontario, Canada. I'm currently prioritizing and developing conservation projects for Canada's rarest reptiles and amphibians. I volunteer for citizen science projects, like iNaturalist and eBird. I enjoy herping (searching for wild reptiles and amphibians), swing dancing, and stitching in my spare time.

Which category below best describes the type of organisation you currently work for/or run?

Charity/Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)

Areas of expertise

Species Management Research Project/programme management Monitoring and evaluation

Would you be willing to be approached and share your lessons learned in your area(s) of expertise with our community?

No

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Oct 15, 2020
Replying to Hannah Mccurdy-Adams

I'm particularly interested in programs that visually represent timelines/calendars (e.g Gantt charts). I want the program to have these characteristics:

1. Free/Open Source Software

2. Can incorporate relationships between tasks that can automatically update (e.g one task needs to be complete before another task can begin, so both task timelines are updated when there is a delay in the first task, multiple tasks need to finish at the same time and all connected task timelines get updated when there is a delay in one of them, etc).

3. Flexibility in the timeframes represented (e.g days, weeks, months, years).

4. Security (e.g password protection, encryption).

5. Can be used for multiple complex projects.

6. File storage incorporated (or whatever keeps documents in the same place) that can be edited by multiple people at the same time.

These are some of the best programs I've been able to find, but I'm struggling to compare all the options.

A) Spreadsheets (Missing #2, partially #3, and #6 doesn't really apply):

From what I understand, gantt charts in spreadsheets cannot incorporate automatic updates to tasks related to one another (#2). I think it's difficult to cover multiple years if you use dates to calculate timeframes unless you convert dates to a # of time intervals, like days (#3). This video describes the limitations of spreadsheet Gantt charts well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HtdWMzcU-M&ab_channel=teamgantt at around time 3:45. 

B) Google (Missing #2, #4, and partially #3):

I only know of Google Spreadsheets to be able to do this (see A). I worry about Google's poor security (#4).

C) Box (Missing #1, #2, and partially #3):

I think a spreadsheet would be used in this system (see A). There is no free option.

D) TeamGantt (https://www.teamgantt.com/, missing #1, likely #4, and partially #5 and #6):

I think I generally like this one, but it's free version includes only 1 project and 3 team members - too small (#1, #5). I know nothing about their security protocols (#4). I'm not sure how flexible its file sharing system is (#6). I do really like the TeamGantt feature that lets you easily see the amount and timeline of tasks assigned to each person (around time 4:28 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HtdWMzcU-M&ab_channel=teamgantt). I have a feeling many of the same sentiments would apply to other online gantt chart subscription services (ClickUp, Monday, Instagantt, etc).

E) Has anyone tried Gantt project (open source software, https://www.ganttproject.biz/)?

That is neat and quite pretty. Unfortunately, it looks like it may have issues with #2, 5, and 6.

Oct 05, 2020

I'm particularly interested in programs that visually represent timelines/calendars (e.g Gantt charts). I want the program to have these characteristics:

1. Free/Open Source Software

2. Can incorporate relationships between tasks that can automatically update (e.g one task needs to be complete before another task can begin, so both task timelines are updated when there is a delay in the first task, multiple tasks need to finish at the same time and all connected task timelines get updated when there is a delay in one of them, etc).

3. Flexibility in the timeframes represented (e.g days, weeks, months, years).

4. Security (e.g password protection, encryption).

5. Can be used for multiple complex projects.

6. File storage incorporated (or whatever keeps documents in the same place) that can be edited by multiple people at the same time.

These are some of the best programs I've been able to find, but I'm struggling to compare all the options.

A) Spreadsheets (Missing #2, partially #3, and #6 doesn't really apply):

From what I understand, gantt charts in spreadsheets cannot incorporate automatic updates to tasks related to one another (#2). I think it's difficult to cover multiple years if you use dates to calculate timeframes unless you convert dates to a # of time intervals, like days (#3). This video describes the limitations of spreadsheet Gantt charts well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HtdWMzcU-M&ab_channel=teamgantt at around time 3:45. 

B) Google (Missing #2, #4, and partially #3):

I only know of Google Spreadsheets to be able to do this (see A). I worry about Google's poor security (#4).

C) Box (Missing #1, #2, and partially #3):

I think a spreadsheet would be used in this system (see A). There is no free option.

D) TeamGantt (https://www.teamgantt.com/, missing #1, likely #4, and partially #5 and #6):

I think I generally like this one, but it's free version includes only 1 project and 3 team members - too small (#1, #5). I know nothing about their security protocols (#4). I'm not sure how flexible its file sharing system is (#6). I do really like the TeamGantt feature that lets you easily see the amount and timeline of tasks assigned to each person (around time 4:28 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HtdWMzcU-M&ab_channel=teamgantt). I have a feeling many of the same sentiments would apply to other online gantt chart subscription services (ClickUp, Monday, Instagantt, etc).

E) Has anyone tried Gantt project (open source software, https://www.ganttproject.biz/)?