Get Things Done with WordPress
Want to get a jump on team productivity in 2010? Check out the GTD theme for WordPress from Templatic. Unlike most WordPress themes, the Templatic theme is designed for private collaboration rather than blogging for all the world to see.
The GTD theme adds a couple of features to WordPress to make collaboration easier. Instead of long-form posts, GTD is set up as a microblog (think Twitter or Identi.ca) so team members can post quick status updates about their projects, travel plans, or just put up files to share with the team.
In addition to microblogging and file sharing, GTD also sports user notifications. Users can notify everyone on the team, or select the individuals who need to know about a status update or file upload.
The look and feel of the site is similar to Basecamp, though it doesn't feature all the functionality that you get with Basecamp.
Finally, and most importantly, you can enable private blogging for the theme if it's not hosted on a company intraweb. GTD provides an option to make the blog "members only," and require authentication before a user can see posts.
GTD is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Templatic also sells support for the theme if desired.
Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier is a longtime FOSS advocate, and currently works for Novell as the community manager for openSUSE. Prior to joining Novell, Brockmeier worked as a technology journalist covering the open source beat for a number of publications, including Linux Magazine, Linux Weekly News, Linux.com, UnixReview.com, IBM developerWorks, and many others.