The 5 Best Project Management Tools Around

Getting things done seems to be the goal of anyone at the start of a new year. There are several solutions that can provide anyone the chance to complete this goal. Hard work, dedication, and co-workers. But one area that often can go overlooked is project management tools.

As I continue to learn more about the communication world I am often reminded of the importance of keeping things on task, on time, and on priority. As I searched for a solution to help me accomplish these goals I had a hard time coming up with anything useful. I turned to twitter, google and anyone who would listen to compile a list of resources that could be useful for the team I work with and you.

Here are the 5 best project management tools from around the web:

1. Flow

I will start off with my favorite project management tool. Flow seems to be the most user friendly, intuitive, and interactive app out there. Not only does it provide a great task flow area, it allows you to assign task to team members, due dates, and upload files. These are a must in any project management system. But my favorite feature about flow is the ability to get it on your mac, iPhone, iPad, or browser. This is a huge feature that most project management systems do not possess. This fits the needs of the people who want an app in browser or on the go.

2. Kanbanpad

What I love about Kanbanpad is the ability to look at your projects on a storyboard. Not only does that allow you view your projects through the lens of start to finish but it also allows you to see the big picture as well as focusing on the littlest of details.

 

Another great feature is the ability to tag, assign, and schedule task. Simply type in your task, tag team members with the @ sign, and assign the task to a board by using the # sign. This makes kanbanpad a clear favorite for project management. The only downside of this tool is that there is not calendar feature to see all your projects at a glance.

3. Asana

Asana is another great tool that allows users to see a full picture of a project and then assign task to each project. Allowing team members to simply add task to the task bar for a full overview of what is left to do and what has been completed is as simple as typing in a few words and hitting enter. To expand more on the to-do items another slot opens up to allow you to assign team members, due dates, and comments for others to see.

Check out this video for more information:

4. Producteev

Producteev provides a “workspace” type of feel to your projects. Allowing you to view all your projects in your inbox Producteev has a great panel that lets you quickly get to each project. The real power of this tool is the ability to quickly create projects, assign dates and then provide information about each task all in the same space.

check out this video for more info:

5. Trello

Trello is another great tool out there that allows you to have a great overall glance at all your projects. Having a very pinterest feel to it, you can incorporate tabs and list out task. This does not seem to be the beefiest tool for project manangement but could be  good for blog planning or event planning.

Honorable mention goes to Basecamp, Nozbe and Wunderlist.

What would you add to the list?

Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack.I currently live in Nashville and walk to a coffee shop every morning.

9 responses to The 5 Best Project Management Tools Around

  1. Dude, I’m with you. I love Flow. I’ve been using it for the last 18 months. If you look at their stories section, there’s even a profile of me there (Mauricio Vivas): http://www.getflow.com/stories

    It comes at a price though, but I think the option of emailing tasks to the app, web-based, great iPhone app and an upcoming iPad app make the yearly fee worth it.

    Out of the others you mentioned, Producteev is the only one I have tried. I didn’t like it very much.

  2. I have only heard about Trello and Producteev – I haven’t heard of the first three. Flow seems interesting though…

  3. If you’d like a tool for managing your time and projects, you can use this web-application inspired by David Allen’s GTD:

    http://www.Gtdagenda.com

    You can use it to manage and prioritize your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, and a calendar.
    Syncs with Evernote and Google Calendar, and also comes with mobile version, and Android and iPhone apps.

  4. Have you seen Orchestra? (orchestra.com) Great interface, very user-friendly, good for teams, and the best part: free! Check it out (I get no commission btw).

  5. love the tools dude, help me see the connection, if there eis, to student ministry and the effectiveness of these tools in that setting? Help me bridge the gap :)

  6. Hello
    Thanks for these professional applications!

    I recommend a business application “Beesy” for note taking/ToDo/Project management.

    I often use my iPad at work especially for meetings. I used as note taking application/ToDo EverNote and then Awesome Note for a long time and their ability to sync but both had a disadvantage ; the lack of features to accommodate tasks, to-do and make monitoring.
    So I was seeking an alternative application to save time for my meeting. I have almost tested all the apps on Notes/ ToDo on the APPstore and I must admit I am still surprised they do not fit with a pro use. A month ago, I discovered Beesy, an note taking and management app ToDo which include taking notes with a business way. Until now I’m really satisfied by Beesy. It’s really efficient and maybe the only disadavantage is you need a bit time to use it efficiently.

    I love shortcuts of Beesy’s icons in order to use it quicky and easily add notes. Also, the advantage is to submit easily by email minutes about my different meeting.
    If you are interested you can google “Beesy” of go to the application’s website http://www.beesapps.com/beesy-ipad-to-do/

    All the best,

    Samia

  7. I’m thinking about using Asana with my creative team at work. I like Nirvana for my personal use. It’s based on David Allen’s Getting Things Done principles as well.

  8. Hi. Thank you for sharing this list. Have you heard about Kanban Tool (http://kanbantool.com/). This a simple, shareable online board for organizing tasks, projects and real-time collaboration.

  9. Madeline Wood May 30, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    In our agency we`ve tried a lot of PM tools. Our favorites are http://asana.com and http://casual.pm. Never heard about Flow – maybe will check it someday.

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