From rotary dialing to smartphones, we’re constantly on the hunt for ways to make our lives easier – and project management is no exception. According to a 2008 study performed by the Project Management Institute, more and more teams are using PM tools to manage projects.
Here at Unito, we love to work with a variety of Project Management tools, our favourites including Asana, Trello, Wrike, Basecamp, Jira, and Planner. However we thought we’d do some research and check out additional new apps our readers might want intel on. Here are our top 3 contenders.
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Designed specifically with project management in mind, Clarizen is gaining popularity in the cloud-based work management world. The tool can be customized depending on your team’s specific needs, and has clients like Cisco, Dell, and Western Union. Here are some of its top features:
Holistic Approach: Clarizen has robust planning features such as automated demand management. This lets you map out every single detail of your projects and centralizes project resources for easy access.
Customer-First Attitude: With around the clock customer support, webinars, and a handful of additional resources such as on-demand tutorials, there are several ways to receive help almost instantly.
Visibility Matters: Like Asana and Trello, Clarizen features automatic real-time updates. Whether it’s changing due dates or tracking budget changes, it lets you keep team members in the loop at each stage of the project.
Final Thoughts: Similar to tools like Asana and Trello, Clarizen improves communication and makes each project phase simpler for all parties involved. However it may be a bit pricey, and the overall design may not be as intuitive as similar platforms.
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This app was created by seasoned project managers, and can be found in the offices of Bayer, Daimler, and Cisco. With a self-proclaimed focus on “Dynamic Project Management”, it is designed to improve static workflow processes. The tool’s scheduling features are what make it a contender. With features such as priority and multi-project based scheduling, project managers are able to see each team member’s workloads and decide what tasks to assign to whom. This makes it easy to avoid any potential scheduling conflicts that can get in the way of successful project delivery.
Collaboration Simplified: The tool’s collaboration features are similar to those in Asana, Trello, Wrike, and Jira. Such features improve communication, let team members see project progress in real time, and keep everyone in the loop without having to constantly check-in. Team members can bring relevant people into a conversation by “@mentioning” a colleague and using tags in the comments. Another neat feature is that the tool lets PMs grant project information access to vendors and clients. By controlling access to information and tasks, PMs can ensure that pertinent information ends up in the right inbox.
Data, Data, Data: The tool produces a variety of insightful project data such as tracking client portfolios or project performance. This information is clear and easy to find.
Final Thoughts: Compared to popular tools like Asana and Trello, there’s not much wiggle room to customize the platform. The mobile app could use improvements as well. However, the strong scheduling component and advanced analytics make LiquidPlanner a strong contender.
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Smartsheet aims to help PMs maximize their efficiency and productivity through automated processes and easy integration. . Companies like Netflix, Bayer, Hilton, and HP are using this tool and here are a few reasons we think they like it:
Saves Time: This platform understands that project managers are short on time. Features such as automated task notifications and reminders, make it easier to be efficient and create a more streamlined workflow. Automated reporting is another neat feature, as it reduces the number of repetitive steps required to complete daily tasks and makes it easier to collect data. During each step of the project phase – planning, executing and reporting – features such as automated approval requests and project updates make it easier to finish tasks quickly.
Accessibility: Smartsheet easily integrates with apps like Salesforce and is accessible from any mobile device. It allows collaborative file sharing among team members or those outside of the organization. It also has features such as cell linking, which allows users to reference cell values from other sheets.
Final Thoughts: Smartsheet is for teams that are laser-focused and need to get work done quickly. It truly helps project managers stay focused on priorities. However it isn’t the best choice for teams requiring advanced collaboration, such as those working on dynamic, complex projects. For such teams, Asana or Trello would be a better fit.
Choosing the best project management solution for your team is no easy feat. Hopefully, this provided valuable insight on a few of the market’s newest contenders. Which apps are on your radar? Comment below!