Best Project Management Software 2017 | Digital Phoenix Agency
20 Feb 2017
20 Feb, 2017

Let’s agree, even one-man shows need some sort of project management tools when working on a more complex assignment. To ensure an efficient and effective workflow, one needs to keep track of all to-dos, milestones, and deadlines. Now imagine if there are more than 3-5 people involved at the same time. Here’s where Project Management software comes in handy. And while there are tens and hundreds of various options, from simple checklists to advanced collaboration tools, with free and paid plans available, here are the top best project management software you need to know about and use in 2017.

 

Basecamp

 

One of the leading and well-known project management apps meant to keep all the information about your projects in one place. The interface is simple and pretty straight forward. You can collaborate and discuss tasks with your team, and even invite clients to be part of the conversations. The app allows you to create multiple projects and teams, attach files and documents, add to-do lists, schedule deadlines, event reminders, or automatic check-ins, etc. Another awesome feature that you will love about Basecamp, is that it respects your personal time. You can choose to set specific hours and days when you don’t want to get any work notifications, a feature called - Work Can Wait (https://basecamp.com/3/work-can-wait). 

Website: https://basecamp.com/

More about its features: https://basecamp.com/how-it-works

Mobile app: Yes 

Price: There’s a free 30 days trial, a 50% discount for non-profit organizations, and a 99$ per month plan for businesses. 

Alternative Software focused on collaboration: Flow, Azendoo

 

Jira 

 

Jira is the perfect tool for software development projects. You don’t simply mark tasks as complete, but split your complex project into scrum sprints, ensuring a thorough process for each step, from concept to launch. There's a large variety of features, as well as plugins and integrations, which can add great functionalities to your Jira. A few to point out are Confluence documentation, scrum sprints, kanban boards, Bamboo tests, HipChat chats, Bitbucket code repositories, etc.

Website: https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira

More about its features: https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/features

Mobile app: yes

Price: There’s a free 7 days trial. Basic plan starts from 10$ per month for up to 10 team members. 

Alternative Software focused on scrum sprints: Taiga, LiquidPlanner, Pivotal Tracker

 

Asana

 

If you love breaking down your projects into smaller tasks and to-do lists, assigning team members per task, with due dates, reminders, additional comments, files attached per task, etc - Asana is the perfect tool for you. Any complex assignment can be divided into smaller tasks and sub-tasks, you can track each project’s progress by quickly checking the graphs in your dashboard.  

Website: https://asana.com/ 

More about its features: https://asana.com/product

Mobile app: Yes

Price: Free for up to 15 team members. Paid plans start from 8.33$ per month, per member.  

Alternative Software focused on tasks lists: Dapulse, Toodledo, Allthings. 

 

Trello

 

A wonderful solution for those who need a clear, quick visual overview of a project’s status and progress. In January, the service was acquired by Atlassian for $425 million. Trello uses the well-known kanban boards and lets you break down your tasks into cards and to-dos. Use checklists, attach files, link documents, label tasks depending on importance or category, set due dates, assign tasks to team members and invite clients to collaborate. The calendar and centralized notifications will always keep you updated on the process. Trello is certainly one of the most straight-forward, easy to use project management tools, that can cater the needs of both - beginners and more advanced users.   

Website: https://trello.com/ 

More about its features: https://trello.com/

Mobile app: Yes

Price: Free, unless you want higher security solutions and integrations with your favorite apps and platforms - then their plans start at 10$ per month. 

Alternative Software using kanban boards: KanbanFlow, AgileZen, Blossom or LeanKit. 

 

Wrike

 

Apart from all the useful structuring features, such as grouping your tasks into folders and subfolders, adding to-dos, deadlines and enjoying a fun and user-friendly interface and dashboard with a clear overview of your tasks (what’s overdue, what's upcoming, etc), Wrike allows you to customize your tasks and track the amount of time each process takes you, as well as mark some of the more complex tasks as pending or in-progress instead of just crossing it off your list. Through Gantt Charts you are always aware of the status of your project’s progress. You can also easily integrate most of your favorite platforms and apps to enjoy a rich and seamless experience. 

Website: https://www.wrike.com/

More about its features: https://www.wrike.com/tour/

Mobile app: Yes

Price: A free version is available for up to 5 team members. Paid plans start at 9.80$ per month

Alternative Software using Gantt Charts: Projectplace, Pagico 

 

Podio

 

A great thing about Podio is that it allows you to personalize its dashboard and appearance, so it caters specifically to your team’s needs and process. You can use Podio’s predefined templates, or build your own.

Create meetings, invite your team to collaborate, assign tasks, share files and enjoy the HD video options, for a better presentation. There’s even a Podio app market available within the platform with a full list of plugins and integrations for increased value. 

Website: https://podio.com/

More about its features: https://podio.com/site/tour

Mobile app: Yes

Price: The basic plan starts at 9$ per month. 

Alternative Customizable Software: Smartsheet, Odoo 

 

Obviously, there are tens and hundreds of great, multi-functional tools available out there. You just need to identify what are your team’s needs and project workflows and choose the most suitable and helpful solution for your particular case. 

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