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.
Basecamp with pricing starting at just $25/month has become arguably the world’s #1 project management tool. It’s famously easy-to-use, reliable, and works well for most users. I'm told that last year alone, Basecamp helped over 350,000 companies work on more than 4,000,000 projects. This is an impressive record.
If you don't have an extra $25/month, I can recommend Wrike. https://www.wrike.com/ It is for small teams who need basic task management with limited planning and reporting. It also has the benefit of being free for 5 users.
For those who would like to review a larger list of options I recommend one of my favorite magazines: Smashing Magazine. Use this link to 15 useful project management applications. It has the added benefit of being focused on those solutions which are targeted directly at Web developers, designers (both Web and print) and other creative types. There are both free and paid options.
My Project Manager contacts say all are relatively easy-to-use and easy-to-setup.
- The Pragmatic Web Designer
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
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.
Hi, Our preference is https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira
Easy to use, excellent tracking, low cost.
Consider my +1 for JIRA. Simply because it allows you to follow Agile better than any other PMS tool available.
Zoho Projects is great, Basecamp is another good one!
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.
If you have the ability to host your own, a number of hosting providers offer pre-packaged PM solutions for free (since you asked best for the money), most will do what the fancy ones do, with jira etc you are mostly paying for the hosing and maintenance of it.
My experience has only been with Microsoft Project 10. I have used this program in two ways; Gathering individual projects listed in separate Project 10 files, or when appropriate, combining multiple related projects that share common time lines for completion, but grouped separately stacked in a single file. I am not sure this is specifically what you were looking for, but keeping multiple project files under one software does add a level of better visibility and organization. I hope this helps.
It really depends on what you are looking for...Is it just you? If so, I like Trello...its essentially a kanban board. And Free.
If you actually need to plan and have other people to work with, take a look at Hansoft. hansoft.se is the site...We use it at EA and it can do Kanban, LEAN, Critical Path, but its main focus is Agile SCRUM. Its a great tool...I love it.
If you are using it for a team less than 10 people, its free.
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.
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.
Try microsofts project planner - bit long in the tooth now but cheap and good
Depends on the project and the level. Based on your list, a Basecamp or Podio is enough. They are both free
For a collaborative basic task list which is impressively simple Google Keep is worth a try. It integrates well into the other google products too.
For our internal projects, the more technical projects we use Hansoft, we love the built in SCRUM tool. For non technical we use Zoho Projects we value their sales and marketing tools and business process tool.
Maybe you would want to try Trello or maybe Zoho. I prefer to use Google products.