Most productive project management tools in 2014

Filed by team twago on September 25, 2014

Best project management apps on the web

6 essential apps to help manage your project life on twago!

One in five people currently work remotely, and a study from the Telework Research Network shows that number is likely to increase by 63% within the next five years.

With remote work gaining in popularity and project teams becoming increasingly distributed, it’s more important than ever for companies to have efficient team-based project management software and tools. Project management teams often need something more robust than a simple to-do list, especially when projects grow and evolve over time.

Quality project management tools allow teams to stay on top of a multitude of tasks and control every aspect of a project down to even the littlest detail.

There are a variety of project management tools on the market today, but here are a few of the best and most popular.

Basecamp

Basecamp may be the most well-known project management app on the market. It boasts users like Twitter, National Geographic, and Nike. Basecamp features to-do lists and discussion boards that allow team members to comment on tasks as well as share files. These tasks can also be integrated with email to keep all team members as up-to-date as possible. Basecamp users can also take advantage of the calendar to keep current on pending tasks and deadlines. The app is great for collaboration and offers numerous ways for team members to stay in touch and hold each other (and themselves) accountable for getting things done on time.

Podio

Podio is an online work platform that allows its users to create workspaces to work together with specific groups and departments. Users can customize workspaces and share them with relevant people. It also offers company-wide communications and the ability to build Podio Apps without the need for advanced technical skills. By using the apps companies can add new structure to their projects and processes, and link these to activity streams that allow for discussion and comments. Podio is now part of Citrix Systems.

Asana

Did you know that, on average, a corporate employee will receive and send 105 emails per day? That’s a lot to keep track of. Asana helps teams to eliminate some of those emails. The app uses a workspace with a navigational sidebar that allows users to switch from projects, user inbox, and other features. Users receive messages in their inbox when changes are made to current projects. They can also easily see what tasks remain incomplete. Asana is free for teams of 15 or less members and offers unlimited projects and tasks.

Google Drive

Most people using the Internet today have a Google account, making this one of the easier options to implement. These free accounts come with a powerful suite of project tools, such as shared presentations, documents, spreadsheets, storage, and email. While Google Drive may lack some of the features of other apps on this list, such as project tracking or dashboards, the power and ease of use behind the tools makes up for it. Using Google Docs and Drive is a breeze and it’s incredibly easy to create and share documents with members of your team.

Evernote

If you take a lot of notes, you may want to look into what Evernote has to offer. Its primary use for most project managers will likely be as a personal management tool, but Evernote features a host of powerful apps and add-ons that give the software a nice boost. For example, you can download items from one list and combine them with another, or format the documents into a presentation. Evernote supports text as well as multi-media messages, so users can include photos and even record voice memos right in the app. Sharing options and cross-platform syncing are standard with Evernote, so if you update a document on your computer you will instantly see those changes reflected on mobile.

Trello

Trello is trusted by The New York Times and twago to manage projects, and it’s easy to see why. It’s incredibly easy to use and is a powerful organization tool. Users can organize their projects with checklists and task cards, much like digital Post-It notes. You can even change the colors of the cards for easier organization. These cards can be given deadlines and assigned to particular team members to complete. Trello also allows users to attach documents to task cards and share projects with other team members.

The tools available to businesses today are powerful and feature-packed. Many tools offer similar solutions, so it’s important for project management teams to define their goals and search for a tool that will help the team achieve these goals efficiently.

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Russel Cooke

Russel Cooke is a journalist, CRM specialist, and master multitasker who recently relocated to Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @RusselCooke2.

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  1. Kate says:

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  2. katesh says:

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  3. Lisa May says:

    The best project manager software is one that suits you the most. Not all tools mentioned in the list are project management tool per say, some of them can be called task management tool at best like Asana and Trello or example. Small business and enterprises have very different needs and it’s important to find the project management tool that best fits your business. I use this: //www.mindjet.com/mind-mapping-project-management/ and will say that it is the best project manager software 🙂

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