As I mentioned in one of the previous articles, managing projects is not an easy task. Thankfully, there are plenty of project management tools out there which can be really helpful in organizing work. But the huge amount of different options could make it hard and confusing to choose the tool that will fit your's team the best. That's why I made this list of best (in my opinion) tools for project management.
A Pivotal Tracker is a simple story-based tool that helps prioritize tasks with customer participation. Through a joint vision of priorities, it allows creating a work process that favors collaboration. A huge strength of Pivotal Tracker is the ability to monitor your project's analytics (it's velocity, done stories, story cycle time and story rejection rate). Pivotal Tracker calculates the velocity on the basis of the average number of story points completed during the last one to four iterations. Based on those, Pivotal Tracker predicts the number of repetitions of the story that will be completed. That's my personal favorite, but there are many more that I find useful.
Trello is a tool for organizing project using boards. Its visual representation of tasks helps to see what your current assignment is, who is doing what and where individual tasks are placed in the process and it does it really well. This easily enables the coordination of a project. Trello could be used for collaboration within a wide range of different projects, from work projects to holiday planning, thanks to its accessibility and user-friendly interface.
Insightly is a robust CRM software. While it focuses the most on developing stronger client relationships (of course), this tool includes a really comprehensive set of project and business management systems. Insightly allows you to manage your around-sales operations and schedule deadlines and easily track progress. Your assignments may take whatever form you want - reminders, checklists, call lists, etc.
Workzone is project management and document collaboration app which helps people and companies achieve enhanced scrutiny and visibility in their work management. It allows users to arrange projects by tasks, delegate duties, and announce when they are finished. This tool gives an option to join together tasks to learn about how a modification in one area changes the rest of the work process. Workzone will notify you when tasks are delayed and allows project managers to rapidly recognize projects that demand urgent action.
nTask is a relatively new project management tool but it stands its ground by assembling most of the utilities used by the teams on a daily basis into one agile platform for cooperation like a project, time, resource, issue, risk and meetings management. A big advantage of this tool is also a comparatively low price (and a complex free plan), which can be significant in the case of small teams or companies.
It would be a sin not to mention JIRA in this article. JIRA is very popular and very powerful project management software used by many companies worldwide. It makes it easy to create user stories, to plan tasks assigned to your team members, and to prioritize the order in which they are being implemented while maintaining full visibility. Its usage is not complicated, so you can just jump into JIRA and start managing your projects right away - regardless of whether your project is quite simple or complex.
Of course, there are many, many more of other project management tools. A lot of them might prove to be useful for you and your team or fit your's company needs better. It's all about knowing available options and finding the one that works the best for you.