I'm building a lab that people will use to build basic software concepts (prototypes) so they have something tangible to assess.

All types of software prototypes will be developed in there: from iOS to embedded, from beautiful looking GUIs to database management tools.

It is quite a herculean lab with a decent funding.

The question is simple though: What are the tools would be of help on TRACKING, MANAGING and PLANING the ongoing projects?

(I've really tried to narrow the question, hopefully it is not too vague)

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    I'm sorry, but I'm voting to close as 'too broad': tracking, managing and planning is so generic that any project management software will do. What is so specific to your projects that a generic project management program can't do? – user416 Apr 23 '15 at 13:48
  • Isn't it software recommendations? Give it a try =) – SenhorLucas Apr 23 '15 at 14:23
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    Yes, it is "Software Recommendations". And to give recommendations (and not just miles-long lists of names), there are certain requirements: What is required for a question to contain "enough information"? So I agree with Jan, and second him. – Izzy Apr 23 '15 at 14:38
  • This seems reasonable clear to me. OP wants a tool to give visibility over projects - what they involve, who's working on them, time frames, dependencies, etc? – dwjohnston Apr 23 '15 at 18:20
  • Did the OP say so? I think that you are projecting. Correctly, as it happens :-) But we can all guess that much, and it is still as vague as Jan said. I think that OP really needs to give an explicit list of features, but my guess is that he doesn't really know enough about the subject - in which case, he would be better off googling & trying a few out. – Mawg says reinstate Monica Apr 24 '15 at 7:54