Pipeline, developed by a Carnegie Mellon University researcher, is a free project-management platform built to leverage team skills and mete out trust and responsibility at desired levels. A recently published case study on the tool documents how a digital Advent calendar was successfully created in an online animation forum, showing how the tool smoothed over rough spots that artists encountered in previous attempts.
Pipeline lets you make your project completely private; you can even download a copy and install it on a local server, if needed. Pitched somewhere between traditional project management and a free-form wiki, the platform could be especially useful for educators who want to collaborate with colleagues at a distance—say, on an ASCD Annual Conference session proposal. Unlike more traditional project-management software, the cloud-based Pipeline is free and accessible to all on just about any device.