Project Management Software: Perceive, Prioritize, Perfect

When you’re managing multiple people, or teams, keeping everything coordinated properly can be a challenge. Using a dry erase board, a notepad, or even a ‘to do’ app in your smart phone, may not be the best choices for helping you decide what needs to be done and who needs help, when. The most ideal situation would be to create a project management site that is central to you and your teams’ needs, where everyone can collaborate, share information, and ultimately get things done.

Project management software is everywhere, and most of them will give you the simple tools you need to help keep your staff involved and engaged. One tool in particular, Wrike, integrates tasks, schedules, ideas, files, and discussions – via e-mail even – into a centralized planning hub that can be easily monitored by all. It’s meant for a smaller user base, as its pricing reflects, and it gives some excellent tools for keeping teams involved and reporting constant; this includes managing time and hours spent on tasks. While the latter is hardly unique to any project management software tool, it is a core essential requirement. It uses easy-to-read Gantt charts, which simply lay out project requirements in a timeline format, and the interface is quick and simple to use.

There are plenty of other project management tools out there, as well,  including:

  • Clarizen is a project management tool entirely encapsulated online, with supporting mobile apps that can be added to your smart phones. Users can monitor projects and submit their time spent on tasks through the system online, or through the mobile app. It’s a bit more expensive that Wrike http://www.clarizen.com/Pricing.html.
  • Genius Inside is something for both PC and Mac users and is cloud based, which makes access easy. It is seen as one of the easier-to-use project management programs.
  • Daptiv also offers free mobile tools and offers tools that are easily integrated into different businesses’ needs.
  • At Task is another online project management system, which has especially attractive and easy-to-read reporting to give a good high-level overview.

There are, in fact, so many project management tools out there waiting for you to look at them that it can be pretty insane trying to make heads or tails of it all.  It all really depends on what you want – online, onsite, mobile applications, emphasis on hours and cost tracking, reporting effectiveness, or whatever the case may be. Most offer free trials as well, which will be an excellent way for you to really tell what works best for you.

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About Michael Eckenfels

Michael is a writer and instructional designer, having worked in both fields for over a decade. He has had extensive corporate and freelance experience with a variety of business fields, including oil and gas, finance, health care, entertainment, and computer software. Michael is also an actor, having been in a wide variety of stage, series, and films over the last three years.

  • fusiondesigner

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  • Je11e

    Check out AppAppeal for web based project management software ranked by popularity http://www.appappeal.com/apps/project-management

  • Indrek Kuldkepp

    Lots of small businesses do not need the full PM software package. Often simple resource scheduling is needed to determine who’s doing what and when. More about this topic at http://www.ganttic.com

  • George Cook

    Good article! There are a lot of options out there for project management today. Proofhub (www.proofhub.com) has been essential for us. We are using it for the past 1 year and we’re happy to stay with it.

    • Jimmy

      Hey George thanks for recommending such a nice tool, it has all the functions that are necessary to manage team and projects.