In a lengthy quest to improve our internal communications and project management at qwerkal, we’ve tangoed with every major project management platform to release or update in the last year. Most of them offer a similar slate of features, and each offers one or two differentiators that will help you manage your business.
Of the four project management tools we tested, each had a learning curve and each proved to be effective. You won’t go wrong with any of these solutions, but one totally kicked butt for us!
Four project management tools that work!
- Trello: The pioneer of Kanban-style folder management. Trello is a highly visual tool for organizing projects and tasks. Projects are visualized like a deck of cards and each card can hold imagery, notes, tasks, and comments. They can be easily rearranged via intuitive drag and drop, and sharing and task management are a breeze. Imagine if all your projects were organized like a game of solitatery and you get the idea. Pricing: $12.50 monthly per user.
- Basecamp: The old guard of project management software is now in its third iteration. Projects, teams and to do’s are sorted into simple folders, and the software is intentionally paired down to the bare essentials. It combines the features of email, texting, word editing and slack into a seamless interface. The tool also provides advanced settings to invite your clients to view any document or task you assign to them. Pricing: $99 monthly unlimited users.
- Asana: This hefty to-do list is in constant iteration and improvement. If you like checkboxes for your projects and tasks, then Asana might be the right fit. Each to-do can be assigned, commented on, moved around, and scheduled. Asana is very popular and the feature list keeps growing with a new Kanban-style card system and Gantt chart visualization for projects. Pricing: $10 monthly per user.
- Monday: This tool is a super slick to-do list that emphasizes color coding tasks. Each task is grouped and stacked like a checklist with customizable workflows that display to the right of each task. Similar to Asana, the feature list in Monday keeps growing and there are new visualizations and custom workflows to help you project manage in a way that fits your preferences. Pricing: $29 monthly up to 5 users.
All four project management tools are great, but one truly stands out. Our preferred project management platform of the year is… Basecamp!
Yep, sometimes the best solution is the one that has worked for a decade. After months of time invested into all four platforms, Basecamp emerged as the clear winner for us. Its features are streamlined and robust, but it’s simplicity is what makes it wonderful.
A few features of Basecamp that truly stand out.
- The word editor. It’s absolutely perfect. Ditch everything else you use and craft blog posts and briefs right in basecamp.
- Advanced client management. Invite your clients into a project folder, assign them tasks, and take full control of the items you want them to see. It’s always crystal clear what a client can and can’t see.
- Internal messaging. Basecamp combines the features of email, texting, and slack into a seamless and simple interface. Invite your team, contractors, and clients into the platform, and house all of your communication in one spot.
- Folders. Intentionally kept simple, folders in Basecamp can be color-coded and populated with documents, images and any kind of file you can imagine.
We love Basecamp, but each of the four project management tools we tested are effective, intuitive, and well designed. We suggest that you dabble with each to determine the right fit for your business and personal preferences.
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