TOP 5 SOFTWARE TOOLS FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Project Management requires a broad range of different tools, some of which can be quite expensive and completely unsuitable for smaller projects and small business requirements. However, we’re well aware that there are a number of useful options which are free, open-sourced or included in widely used packages. We have put together a list of our top 5 low-budget project management software tools to help you make better buying decisions!
- Free to use.
- Incredibly useful for tracking tasks as a project develops.
- Simple interface.
- Tools like the deadline facility enable basic schedules and tasks to be set up in a project schedule and assigned to different team members.
- Respond to questions or make suggestions on certain tasks, increasing efficient collaboration between remote teams.
2. MICROSOFT PLANNER
- Operates within the Microsoft Office 365 ecosystem, as a result not free.
- Built on a similar looking interface to Trello.
- Main dashboard allows users to track tasks across a range of projects and provides a graphical overview of progress.
- View tasks by due date.
- Users working across multiple projects can set projects up simultaneously.
- Helps monitor immediate priorities.
3. OPEN PROJECT
- Free to use.
- Known as the open-source alternative to Microsoft Project. What does open-source mean? Our friends at Red Hat explain.
- Interface looks somewhat similar to Microsoft Project, but options for synchronising users and updates are not as flexible and powerful as paid versions.
- Simple scheduling and tracking tool.
- You can carry out task scheduling, assign costs and tasks to specific users and baseline schedules all in one place.
4. MICROSOFT TEAMS
- Hugely powerful and highly customisable communications platform.
- Users can join a range of specific teams which can then create tailored dashboards for their specific needs.
- Conversations or meetings can occur using the Skype communications platform or chat function.
- Can simultaneously keep track of all communications, tasks and other relevant data.
- Not a free service as it is apart of the Microsoft 365 product range.
5. PROJECT LIBRE
- Another alternative to Microsoft Project.
- There are both free and paid-for versions of this project tool.
- Includes all the typical features of a project management tool including scheduling, Gantt charts and resource histograms.