Organizing resources, collaborating with team members and tracking project progress – all this are part of a project manager’s daily grind. But today there are hundreds of competitive solutions available online which are making project management easier everyday. Listed below are seven popular tools, measured by their user base.
1. Microsoft Project
This dominant PC-based project management (PM) application has been designed to make team management easy and engaging. The tool assists managers in analyzing budgets, resources and timelines while measuring the project progress and estimating resource need. Currently available in Professional and Standard versions, Microsoft Project doesn’t come as a part of the Microsoft Office Suite and needs to be downloaded separately.
Basecamp rightly calls itself everyone’s favorite project management tool. It’s a great platform where people with different roles, responsibilities and objectives can collaborate and work towards a common goal. The software has been built to handle multiple projects at once and lets you organize projects, allocate and monitor tasks, and share status reports. Also the tool has official apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. This means you can stay connected with your team 24X7, no matter where you (or they) are.
Atlassian provides a complete suite of software development and collaboration tools which help teams deliver quickly. Its tracking tool Jira is of specific significance for project managers looking at identifying and organizing issues, assigning work and following up with teams. A good fit for teams of all sizes, Jira is known to help teams get the job done, whether at the desk or on the go. Currently Jira simplifies project management for companies like eBay, Salesforce, Adobe, and LinkedIn.
Wrike is an out-of-the-box task management tool which includes real-time workspace into online project management to facilitate discussion, collaboration and document sharing. It provides a detailed view of the team’s goals and deadlines, no matter where they are working, enabling them to perform better. Besides, you can use Wrike to set priorities and align resources to enable a faster turnaround across the organization.
Podio lets you organize everything, from resources to projects to customers. A fresh take on collaboration and management, this tool is transparent and flexible in a way that you can tweak the tool to suit your working style. You can easily integrate Podio with tools you’re already working on, including Google Drive, One Note and Dropbox. Plus, its Android and iOS apps let you access Podio on the go.
This is probably one of the simplest project management tool you’ll come across. Having a look and feel similar to your favorite spreadsheet, Smartsheet helps you structure your work by collaborating with teammates, setting reminders, tracking progress and automating processes through interactive timelines. You can even store important documents right on the sheet, next to the item where you need it. With Podio you can also attach files, videos and presentations or link the sheet to online content – everything you need is at one place.
7. Team Work Project Manager
Team Work is a practical software which reduces the load of unnecessary meetings and gets things done easily. Its simplistic dashboard gives you an easy access to all your projects and overview of recent activity, neatly organized under informative tabs. You can assign tasks, set milestones, and export status reports in different formats. Besides, there’s a Switch Project feature which allows you to instantly access the last 5 projects you’ve worked on.
Users: 85,000+ Teams
ProofHub is an easy-to-use project management software that helps teams plan, collaborate, organize and deliver projects on time. It has been built to eliminate the need of having multiple tools teams need to run your day to day work activities. With its real-time discussions, in-built chat, and real-time notifications, teams can remain connected. It provides an online proofing tool to share, review, proof and approve files. Besides, you can assign custom roles, set task start, and end date, and use third-party integrations to bring all the apps you use (like FreshBooks Classic, FreshBooks, QuickBooks, Google Calendar, iCal, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Outlook).
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