In general, there are around 20 qualitative project management tools in the market. All the PM tools can be divided by the following groups:
– simple tools with Kanban boards and task lists;
– medium difficulty tools with visualization and Gantt chart;
– high difficulty tools with numerous features.
The following top 10 PR tools have been chosen based on the opinion of project managers and the comparison results of usability, features and difficulty of tools.
Let’s start with the less rated.
- MS Project is the Microsoft standard tool, which is popular among project managers of large companies. Despite the number of features and options, this tool has a poor usability that reduced its rating. The tool is good for complex projects and is not convenient for smaller ones.
- SmartSheet is a PM tool with various features for management and organization of business process. The tool is expensive ($14 per month per user) and rather complex. A large amount of features overloads the interface.
- Wrike is a tool, providing Gantt chart, budget and time tracking, etc. This tool is also rather overloaded, meanwhile most of features are not popular among users. The price is quite large, starting from $9.8 per month for a user.
- Pivotal Tracker is a good option for software developers. It is simple and qualitative tool with interesting integration options. It is not good for large projects.
- Jira is a complex service, enabling customization options. It is rather complex tool, which will suit the projects of high complexity.
- Asana is a good tool for task management. It is a great solution for simple tasks, due to its user-friendliness and convenience.
- Redbooth offers many features, including Gantt chart, workload view, time tracking etc. The tool is a bit complicated and overloaded with features.
- Basecamp is not filled with features. Its main advantage is calendar and list of tasks. This tool is famous among small creative teams. In addition, you can work from your email, using Basecamp.
- Trello is a simple PM tool with virtual kanban boards. It is not good for complex projects, however, it serves better as task manager tool.
- Casual is a winner of our list, despite the limited number of features available. This tool offers visualization of project. It is rather simple and usable, providing upload of project-related files, automatic email notifications, and integration with Google Calendar.
It is impossible to choose the best PM tool among this top 10. Each tool of above mentioned has its peculiarities, which make it the best for a particular project. Basecamp, Trello and Asana are recommended for easy projects and creative teams. Wrike, Redbooth and Casual are good for easy and medium difficulty projects.
Large companies and complex projects will prefer MS Project and SmartSheet. Jira and Pivotal Tracker are recommended for software developers. Choose your PM tool according to the requirements and peculiarities of your task.