If telecommuting is the new way of working, online collaboration and project management tools are the new world office place. Just as exotic as working from anywhere in the world, online collaboration tools turn “exotic” into “reality”. Today, companies are created and run using nothing but a smorgasbord of tools over the Internet, out of which project management tools, email, and Instant Messaging favorites, such as Skype, are the staple.
Project management tools allow you to coordinate your tasks between all of your team members, whether on-site or remote. It’s the bedrock of the new slew of web 2.0 businesses — paperless, highly mobile, location-independent, super-lean, low-cost, start-up friendly – operating out of modern, new offices with a lean DNA.
So, what are some of the noteworthy project management tools? Here are three that are worth taking a look at:
Simplistic, no-frills, easy-loading, quick, nimble, and free to use – that probably sums up everything do.com stands for. Along with the usual bells and whistles that most project management tools boast, you have a way to track opportunities and close deals. It’s a fully-functional CRM with a dashboard view of the entire sales pipeline. You can share task lists with friends in your network, easily organize projects, set reminders, create groups, and have conversations. There are activity feeds, reminders to inbox, and there’s also integration with Salesforce.com, if you need it. Another cool feature is the email-to-task feature which lets you send emails to “DO” and a task is instantly created. By the way, did I mention that do.com is a crazily popular iPhone and Android App?
How would you like it if your to-do list started to look and feel like a game of drag-and-drop? Trello.com is a unique project management and online collaboration tool that lets you create three panes of importance: “To do”, “Doing”, and “Done”. You can create multiple projects, add people to teams, converse, collaborate, set-reminders, set recurring or one-off deadlines, and much more. But the cool thing about Trello is the simple, easy-to-use, drag-and-drop interface that it utilizes. You just can’t go wrong with simplicity, can you? The learning curve on Trello is almost zero. You will find it easy to navigate, use, and deploy.
Is it the best tool for your business? I wrote a detailed review on Trello that you might find useful.
Founded in 2008 by Dustin Moskovitz, the young billionaire who co-founded facebook.com along with Mark Zuckerberg, Asana is another uber-cool project management and online collaboration software that has a lot of promise. Asana, at its heart, is a simple project management system. Under the hood, however, there’s a lot more to it. Asana allows for Individual task management, CRM, project management, applicant tracking, bug tracking, and much more. Asana is a wonderful tool, and we use it here at SmallBiztechnology.com. It’s quick, inexpensive, versatile, and can be adapted for most uses.
Choosing one tool among these options is always difficult ( I personally used all the three and I am yet to decide which one works best). Give them a try and let us know what works for you!