In an office, it’s possible to get by without a process. When a new idea comes to your mind, you can talk about it in a meeting, during lunch or over drinks. If you find a bug, you can put it up on the whiteboard for the team to see.
When working remotely, however, not having a system in place is inviting disaster. Imagine trying to get people from three different time zones together for a hangout! Now, imagine trying to organize this over email.
Coordinating the entire project over email can become frustrating. It’s difficult to track, and doesn’t keep people accountable. This is why it’s much more efficient to use a project management tool.
A task management tool allows you to assign and define tasks, put in deadlines, track progress, share files, and have discussions – all on one platform.
Here are some great task management tools you should consider:
- Asana: Easy to learn and extremely versatile. Good for simple software projects with a small team of 3-8 people.
- Jira: Built for more complicated software projects. Easy to use if you’re a developer.
- Basecamp: It’s very popular within the industry. Extremely easy to learn and use.
- Slack: This new tool in the market is built around work streams and chat rooms.
Project management tools are a blessing for startups and small businesses. They bring order to complex assignments, keep them organized, delegate responsibilities, communicate with all stakeholders, and keep the project on track. Discover their numerous benefits and change the way you do business.
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