Top 5 Project Tracking Tools for Managers and Startupers
It’s important to have time to cope with all your projects, even if you’re a startuper, or just think about starting a new project. It seems that it is quite easy when you are at the beginning of your development process. But when it comes to business, you understand that it is a trap, to think in such a way. When you just launch your project, it’s even harder, because you know too little yet, and you are like a sponge inquiring all around yourself.
So, to make it all done, and to get more information, you need to plan better your time. What’s going to help you most — is the right project tracking software. Here we gonna write about some types of issue trackers which suits best for startups since they don’t need a lot of time to learn and money to waste.
This program is good for small teams. It’s an online service for managing tasks and projects. First of all, it is positioned as a tool for teamwork on projects. But it’s also great as a personal task manager. Its main benefit is that it allows users to manage tasks or projects online without having to use email. The price of it is around $9.99/user per month for teams over 15 users, and it is free for smaller teams. Its to-do lists make it easy for teams to plan out tasks, weeks and even months in advance. Task tracking is implemented quite marvelously there. The ability to enter/modify tasks at the speed of thought helps get everything written down before focus is lost.
• Easily set recurring tasks for things that need to be completed more than once;
• It’s relatively inexpensive as far as software goes (especially because you won’t be charged until you exceed 15 members);
• It has several different views (like tasks and calendar) that allow people to look at their to-do lists in a variety of visual ways.
• There are no multi-person tasks. Unfortunately, you cannot assign multiple people to the same task with Asana;
• With large teams, using calendar mode or other features may be too overwhelming given the number of to-dos;
• No time tracking & estimate functionality: there is no way to track time with Asana, unfortunately.
Freedcamp is free for unlimited users and projects. The company’s vision is to build a truly freemium product available to all free of charge for most of its functionality. Free accounts are currently limited to 10MB file size limit with unlimited storage on other tariff plans. It’s good for many teams. It’s free for basic collaborative projects with paid options for additional features.
Reason №1 to love Freedcamp: as the name suggests, it’s free! But another reason to love it is how simple and straightforward it is when it comes to managing your team. The software has four major sections (to-dos, discussions, milestones, and files), so you’ll still have a lot of tools to work with without the process getting overwhelming.
• It’s free;
• Its streamlined interface means there isn’t a huge learning curve to get started, so it’s easy to use from day one.
• It doesn’t include a Gantt chart (a common high-level view in project management software that allows users to see time breakdowns) or other ways to track tasks’ completion rates;
• Certain integrations and add-ons cost money.
Trello is another popular tool for collaboration. It’s good for teams of any size and projects that require simple to-do lists. Its free but you can pay for more features. There’s a reason why Trello is a beloved project management tool: its design is meant to be fully customizable. You can use «cards» for virtually anything, from saving client contact information to building larger project tasks, and it’s just easy to switch things up on the fly. Cards hold comments, attachments, checklists, and even due dates that sync automatically with the calendar. It’s a pretty simple feature, but it has gotten a lot of companies to switch over to Trello.
• It has a simple access. So, you can invite outside members, create closed boards, or add public boards;
• Trello’s interface is meant to be simple so you can transform it into the project management tool of your dreams;
• Trello comes with loads of pre-made templates;
• Seamless integration. Paying users can integrate with Slack, GitHub, and Salesforce;
• Trello is easy to learn.
• Because Trello’s meant to be a more customizable system, teams need to activate «Power Ups»;
• While items can be organized into specific tasks and cards, once a board collects a large number of cards the board can easily get crowded and cluttered;
• No overview. There’s no way to add a project overview or any sub-task functionality.
It is one of few project management tools that’s embracing email while others are trying to limit the number of emails sent, and the software centralizes around individual tasks. It’s good for creative teams and visual projects. Its free for up to 5 users, and $9.80/user per month after 5 users. There’s no reason to have 20 different tabs open to manage all the programs you use for your project. Wrike keeps all users in the loop at all times with customized desktop notifications, so if anything is updated, changed, or added to a task, all users within that task get a notification. It also integrates with your email and makes it incredibly easy to tag or email other users about a task or project.
• Wrike makes it easy for admins to control who can see what and customize the look and feel of different dashboards;
• It’s also an easy product to use for remote teams, especially those with creative needs.
• Wrike updates constantly, so getting started and maintaining the software requires upfront work and someone dedicated to staying on top of the latest changes;
• Additionally, new features can be clunky and difficult to use when they first come out.
Monday is a new name of a product previously known as dapulse, namely one of the market’s leading collaboration and communication apps for teams. It’s good for teams that want to keep everything in one place. Its cost starts at $25/month for up to 5 users. Monday is based on the idea that no team should be flipping between different pages on a project management app to figure out what they need to be doing. Hence, every part of the product is on a single continuous board, starting with high-level summaries and tasks and getting increasingly granular from there.
• An execution board — with big screen display;
• Team communications can easily take place within tasks;
• Motivational tool;
• Highly customizable interface.
On completion, it’s hard not to mention a few words about our own tool — Riter.
It goes without saying, nowadays the common goal is to introduce a product that will suit everybody and optimize not only our everyday life but also the way we are working. To say the truth — it’s hard to be loved by everyone, so we don’t deny that we also have some cons, and right now everybody can describe them in their own way. For example, somebody will hate its card-style, another one will consider the time tracking system its most disadvantage and ask for story points instead. We are open to criticism, and always ready to read your wishes and propositions.
But not without good sides. We are proud to be one of the first who has introduced GraphQl API as an alternative to outdated REST API in a program. Furthermore, it’s fully implemented and documented, what makes your opportunities in the program limited only by your imagination and needs. In case, you still don’t know about such innovation, and how it could affect your life, you can read more about it here.
Another point which should be noted — it’s our focus on customizability and scalability. Riter always tries to predict your intentions and adjust to your needs. For example, there’s an ability to exclude the possibility of mistake while adding time interval or while searching tasks, thanks to the existence of different supportable formats, aliases, filters, and keywords. And in the future, the program’s capabilities can always be expanded through bots, third-party integration, and API.
Also, another thing which can be attributed as an advantage: we provide company management rather than individual project management, that takes away certain restrictions and you can more objectively see and plan work processes. For instance, you can work with groups of projects, customers, conduct general reporting over the company, etc.
And that’s not all… We are trying to become better, to make your life easier.
It’s simple. It’s fast. It’s for you. Just try it.
Riter development team
Originally published at riter.co
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