What is the best project management software for the money?
I have a ton of projects going on in multiple different industries like web design, graphic design, SEO, social media marketing, printing, etc. I need an effective way to organize all my projects and keep track of what I have gotten myself in to! Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Hi Adam, It perhaps is a matter of choice and ease of overall use while there are many COTS application available both in cloud and premise based model. You might want to try checking https://www.wrike.com/ and see if that catches your interest while meeting your requirements. Hope it helps.
Zoho Projects is great, Basecamp is another good one!
I would suggest using MS-Project 2010 or 2013 for a true and complete project management experience. We deliver quite a bit of training for organizations who use MS-Project, big or small. There is an upfront cost especially if you are thinking of deploying MS-Project Server to help with collaboration across the work environment (with or without SharePoint). However, the product by itself (especially version 2013 with its reporting capabilities) is more than capable of tracking multiple projects, deliverables, deadlines, resources, budgets and inter-dependencies.
Consider my +1 for JIRA. Simply because it allows you to follow Agile better than any other PMS tool available.
Hi, Our preference is https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira
Easy to use, excellent tracking, low cost.
I looked at the Basecamp web site.
Does this software allow you to construct Critical Path diagrams?
If it can't calculate ES-EF-LS-LF dates, calculate Float and level and balance resources, this product is unlikely to be an "..effective way to organize all of my projects".
Mostly what I saw were to-do lists commonly called "punch lists" in the construction industry.
To-do lists are good for the last 10 pct of a project but not for the planing stage and not for the 0-90% stage.
I wrote an article on CPM in Jluy 2013. If you read it and have questions I will be pleased to answer these.
Our management team also uses Basecamp to manage projects stateside and overseas. Additionally, my marketing team uses Trello (it's free) to manage our content calendars, expectations of our team members, deadlines, ideas, and more.
Basecamp is an excellent and very affordable project management tool. You can try it free for 60 days and they offer free online tutorials as well as live webinars. I have had a lot of success using Basecamp within my corporate position as well as freelance projects and interacting with clients. https://basecamp.com