Benjamin Franklin famously said: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Few things so depend on proper planning as project management. Regardless of whether you’re running a large company or simply trying to organize your personal tasks, a good project management application can make all the difference between success and failure. Let’s take a look at some of the popular apps currently making waves in the market.
Asana is billed as a project management app that combines task management with communication, making it an ideal collaborative group management option.
In fact, one of the main features Asana touts is its ability to replace email in your workflow. Any communication is tied to the tasks that need to be completed. This, in theory, helps reduce the chance of important communication getting lost in a bloated inbox. Asana also has powerful search features, as well as a plethora of keyboard shortcuts to speed up most operations. There are also Android and iOS applications, in addition to the official Web version.
If there’s one downside to Asana it would be its rather steep learning curve. Because of the powerful features included, it may take some users a bit of reading to feel comfortable with it.
Trello is an interesting addition to the project management field, as it is easily one of the most design-oriented apps on the market. If you’re a creative, visually-oriented person, Trello may be the best option for you.
Work is divided according to “boards” and “cards”—think cork-board and index cards. You may have a cork-board with a number of index cards on it representing various components of a project you’re working on. You may even flip those index cards over and write information on the back.
Similarly, in Trello a board is the software’s method of representing a project. You create a new board for each major project. Within that board, you have lists of cards that contain information about specific tasks. You could have a list for outstanding items, in-progress items and completed items, moving cards from one list to the other as work progresses. Each entry on a card can have additional information, including attachments. You can also organize boards into organizations, if a client or customer has multiple projects.
Because of its very visual nature, Trello has a lower learning curve than Asana. The creators of Trello have also made a deliberate decision to keep things simple: “For those who want more out of their boards, there are Power-Ups like calendar, card aging, and voting, that you can turn on. It’s a way to offer more without cluttering things for everyone.”
With Web, iOS and Android clients, Trello has an incredibly unified interface across all devices and platforms.
With “over six million active users and counting,” Basecamp is one of the most widely used project management apps on the market—and for good reason.
Basecamp positions itself as a powerful, enterprise-level project management application without the IT department. There’s very little Basecamp can’t do with built-in calendar, collaboration and file management.
One of Basecamp’s main philosophies is keeping things simple: “We’re big believers in the power of keeping it simple. Every bet we’ve ever placed on making something easier for our customers has always paid off.” It’s a testament to that belief that they have managed to make Basecamp as robust as it is while maintaining its ease-of-use.
These three project management applications represent some of the best and most innovative options on the market. Whether you’re looking to better manage your own time, or organize a project for your team, these applications have the features to help you save time.