Project management tools for success

With an overwhelming catalogue of project management tools on the market, how can you find the best one for you? Ideally, you should look for features and benefits that will complement the specific needs of your company the most, while weighing up which cons (because every project management software has them) will concern you the least.

The following is a highlight reel of the top five project management tools on the market, to help you successfully find the right fit.

OrangeScrum

Quick features: Task progress tracking, resource planner, task board, Kanban view, Gantt charts, integrates with Google Drive and Dropbox.

Great things about this tool: OrangeScrum is one of the most versatile tools on the market; jam-packed with a number of organisational tools, capable of integrating with major platforms like Google Drive and Dropbox—and it’s super customisable.

What’s not so great: You have put in some work to benefit from the full agility of this tool, and that can be a bit complicated for non-techs.

Zoho

Quick features: Reporting with 50 pre-made templates, integration with Google Drive and Dropbox, timesheets, bug tracking, Gantt charts, Wiki Page setup and forums.

Great things about this tool: Zoho is an intuitive tool that makes every step of the project seamless, from setup to completion. They’ve also done a good job at tackling complex needs.
What’s not so great: For the full Zoho-experience, you have to invest a little—the free version only allows you to run one project at a time and use 10MB of storage.

Wrike

Quick features: Integration with Google Drive, Google Apps, iCal, Microsoft Excel, Dropbox and many other platforms, real-time activity stream and reports, task management, time tracking, Gantt charts and one-button conversion of emails into tasks.

Great things about this tool:
Wrike is one of the better-known project management tools on the market, and for good reason. It’s a well-rounded and comprehensive software that still retains a level of simplicity practically anyone can learn.

What’s not so great: Wrike does offer a fairly good free package, but users miss out on a lot of complex functions without paying and the membership is quite expensive compared to other options.

Asana

Quick features: Goal visualisation, member chat rooms, time trackers, task prioritisation and comprehensive dashboards.

Great things about this tool: From the mind of Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, you can imagine how intuitive and elegantly simple Asana is. It’s focused on helping a team work cohesively and keeping a clear goal for their project at the forefront.

What’s not so great:The main drawback of Asana is it s lack of offline mode.

Taiga

Quick features: Kanban board, user stories, sprints, issue management, backlog, tasks, plug-in extension capabilities and video conferencing.

Great things about this tool: Taiga is a super agile, open-source platform that’s ideal for anyone looking for something a touch more customisable. It also offers features that aren’t necessarily commonplace, like video conferencing capabilities.

What’s not so great: Taiga is relatively new to the market and because of this, they’re still working out some kinks, like servers sometimes running slowly.

It seems like a big task, but taking the time to choose the right project management tool will be well worth the effort in the end.

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