Best Web-Based Project Management Tools
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It is time to manage your staff either in house or virtual team. Yes, when business starts to grow, there will time come when you hire more staff, freelancer and/or virtual assist to help your day-to-day operations. It is not only manage your team also help to manage life operations effectively.
when we think of “traditional” project management tools, thoughts of Highly detailed project schedules and Gantt charts come to mind. however traditional approach of monitoring projects, overcome using today’s web based solutions.
Web based solutions is sort of sharing mind to complete the project/task. Team members can access the tools and interact with other project members online. It true complete solution to work as “software as a service”, there are different solutions paid and open source, some includes hosting of project management tools along with complete solution to help meet requirements of business project management requirements.
During searching Good web based project management, you must identify your business requirement which fullfill your requirements. there are some recommendations those i would like to do.
Managing Resources – Good web based project management tool must manage resources efficiently. Growing company hires staff, freelancers, or virtual assistants. Project management tool must helpful if same staff work on similar tasks, it must helpful to distribute same massages to your staff as group, rather distribute similar messages multiple time through email. Also it must give option to view each other’s comments, staff can learn from one another.
Project Task Management - These tools should help your business to manage different project and their task. these must help to track and time spent on individual project/task.
Delicate Task – Project Management tool must have ability to delicate task so organization/work hierarchy can manage. It helpful to manage detail of project.
Collaboration – Collaborative element can helpful so team members can interact and communicate with each other easily. It really helpful to generate ideas and brainstorming to solve problems. It can use to extend scope for dealing with clients and suppliers.
There are other concerning points those are helpful for selecting appropriate project management tool:
- Initial Cost – Which suite your business
- Ongoing Cost – Some online tool have very minor or no cost for setup, however they charge some monthly fee either as whole or per user.
- Scaling – Web based project management tool must scalable like increase in storage and more features can introduce along with your business grow and requirements.
- One spot – it is helpful if tool provide one window operations rather you have to jump online whiteboard for brainstorming ideas, discussion board and/or finance part separate.
- Support – As its support your business so your tools must have best custom support as well as give some ability to modify as per your business requirements.
Project Management Tools
During searching i found following best web based project management tools to manage projects and coordinate with your team/virtual team.
Basecamp, 37signals have one of most popular tools for managing projects online. it have features like
- shared deshboard
- ability to upload and share files
- send messages
- document milestones
- create to-do lists
- track time spent on project
On top of these feature, basecamp have very user-friendly interface which highlight among other web project management tool. It can also sync with basecamp other tools like Highrise (for managing your contacts), Backpack (for organizing your business) and/or Campfire (for chatting with group memebers).
If you like to track your staff working hours over computer than Rescue time have this feature, via installing tracking application at your/your staff computers. It helpful to improve productivity via reduce distractions. It also provide graphs to show trends in work productivity.
It is Open Source project management software tool. It has a moderately friendly interface and really helpful to-do lists, for creating multiple projects, and help to assign different levels of access for staff/users. Multi-langual and collaboration with wiki, chat and forums.
Clocking IT is good choice for those who are on budget but need project management functions.
CRM focused open source solution, helpful to manage sale team activities i.e. management of accounts, leads and sales. vtiger have both paid and open source options. support is major difference in both.
ActiveCollab is complete and solid solution with feature to install at your own server. It gives great flexablity and control along with complete documentation for user, administrator and developer. It also has a invoice module.
Central Desktop provide hosting, support and online web meeting along with essential project management features like manage project, sharing documents and tools for team work.
There are big range of web project management tools available to help manage your project. Each have its own plus points and range of benefits and features.Identification of requirements will help to identify best solution to fulfill your requirements. As business grows, you need better management tools.