There are dozens of project management tools designed to help company leaders better manage their workflow today, ranging from complex to extremely lightweight.
But with all those options, just figuring out which one to test drive for your team's need can be a headache unto itself. We asked 15 YEC members to share their favorites -- and why -- below.
My favorite project/task management software is Asana. My favorite thing about Asana is how it makes all team communications goal-oriented. We recently moved from another software to Asana, and it's been a huge improvement for our team's productivity. We’re getting more done and wasting less time with internal email. – Pete Kennedy, Main Street ROI
I just discovered an app called Producteev which helps keep you on top of your daily/weekly/etc. tasks. I like it because I can use it as an individual as well as for my team, and the interface is simple enough so that no one is thrown for a loop when a certain change or update is made. I can't tell you how helpful that is! – Rob Fulton, Automation Heroes
3. Intuit QuickBase
QuickBase is the system we use for project management and sales management. It is a tool that can grow with our business and handle the moving pieces. We started out using it just to be able to tracks quotes in a central system, but now we use it track sales, orders, projects, tasks, time cards and partners, and it even connects to our webforms. – Marjorie Adams, AQB
iDoneThis is a great way to see daily progress within really small teams. Team members simply reply to an evening email reminder with what they did that day. The next day, everyone gets an email digest with what everyone on the team got done. It's a simple way to stay on top of things. – Brett Farmiloe, Markitors
Our team does a lot of work in Github, which falls short when it comes to managing Scrum. There are other PM products that work with GitHub, but in our experience they all have significant drawbacks (bad integration, poor interfaces). We now use a product called ZenHub that is a Chrome browser extension that builds a Scrum board right within Github. I tell everyone about it. – Darshan Somashekar, Easy Bib
6. Pivotal Tracker
This is a great piece of software that assigns a priority to all tasks in your organization. This way anyone in your organization can hop in and complete a task, and they'll know that they are working on a task that has been determined to be a top priority. It's also got great communication tools built in and the ability to assign owners, followers, labels and more. – Dave Nevogt, Hubstaff.com
With the right tools and the right team, Unfuddle helps you do your best stuff. We like the all-in-one solution that Unfuddle offers for ticket management and code repository. – Jason Neubauer, Youbetme
Redmine allows my employees to keep track of projects and tasks and keep up-to-date with any new developments. Redmine tracks the history of every project, so you can go back at any point to reference something or see how it evolved. There is also an option to ask questions through Redmine, which has helped us to communicate more efficiently. – Vladimir Gendelman, Company Folders, Inc
JIRA has been key in keeping our technology and business teams connected. Poshly's entire team can now work more closely than ever because we're on the same system, and it has made our processes more seamless. It's a good way to stay checked in to what everyone is doing across functional groups, and JIRA has powerful analytics to create a metrics-driven company culture. – Doreen Bloch, Poshly Inc.
There are countless tools out there to help manage an agile workflow, but few seem to get it right. We've been customers of AgileZen for nearly two years, and we couldn't be happier. Many agile services try to bog you down with countless features, when the focus should really be on managing the project. AgileZen gets the basics right and keeps out the fluff. – James Simpson, GoldFire Studios
Since our team is completely decentralized, Podio gives us a competitive edge. With its robust app marketplace, we can forecast industrytrends, complete marketing campaigns more efficiently and nurture leads as they move through the sales funnel. – Mark Krassner, Knee Walker Central
Basecamp is so easy to learn and it allows us to manage all of our clients in one place. I like that there is an easy system for recording notes and assigning tasks. – Phil Laboon, Eyeflow Internet Marketing
14. Invantive Vision
Invantive Vision is affordable ($20), collaborative, and comes with budget and document management, resource and risk management, and scheduling capabilities. – Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance
Built by Fog Creek, Trello is my organization tool of choice. For a number of reasons: it's intuitive, allowing you drag and drop action items just as you would Post-It notes on a desk, and is entirely versatile for developers, possessing a robust API toolkit. Perhaps its greatest feature is the sharing and collaboration benefits that come through team projects. – Michael Costigan, Youth Leadership Specialist