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Project Management software

Project management software helps organizations manage and deliver projects on time, on budget and within scope. Here you’ll find a comprehensive list of project management tools and user reviews. Filter, sort, and compare tools side-by-side to find the best options for your business. Read our software buying guide to learn more about what to look for.

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monday.com   

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Project Management Made Easy
Manage all of your projects visually! monday.com is a project management tool for every team size. Organize, plan & get a clear overview of where things stand! Read more about monday.com
Project Management Made Easy
Manage all of your projects visually! monday.com is a project management tool for every team size. Organize, plan & get a clear overview of where things stand! Read more about monday.com

Wrike   

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75
Manage your projects from start to finish with Wrike
Manage Enterprise projects from start to finish with Wrike. Perfect for teams of Marketing, Creative, and Project teams of 20+ people. Read more about Wrike
Manage your projects from start to finish with Wrike
Manage Enterprise projects from start to finish with Wrike. Perfect for teams of Marketing, Creative, and Project teams of 20+ people. Read more about Wrike

Asana   

6,872
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Project and work management for teams of all sizes.
Asana organizes all of your team’s work in one place so everyone is clear on plans, processes, and individual responsibilities. Read more about Asana
Project and work management for teams of all sizes.
Asana organizes all of your team’s work in one place so everyone is clear on plans, processes, and individual responsibilities. Read more about Asana

ProWorkflow   

190
Project Management & Time Tracking For Teams Of Any Size.
Project management online, made easy. Find out why thousands of companies all over the world trust ProWorkflow to get the job done on time, every-time! Read more about ProWorkflow
Project Management & Time Tracking For Teams Of Any Size.
Project management online, made easy. Find out why thousands of companies all over the world trust ProWorkflow to get the job done on time, every-time! Read more about ProWorkflow

Smartsheet   

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66
Online project management & collaboration
Smartsheet helps to manage all areas of project work, from team collaboration and file sharing, to resource management and calendar tools, to Gantt charts. Read more about Smartsheet
Online project management & collaboration
Smartsheet helps to manage all areas of project work, from team collaboration and file sharing, to resource management and calendar tools, to Gantt charts. Read more about Smartsheet

Meisterplan   

36
Multi-project resource management
Meisterplan is a cloud-based project portfolio management and resource management tool. Businesses can easily see resource availability and capacity, gain visibility into projects, prioritize and align project portfolios to strategies, and generate real-time scenario simulations with Meisterplan. Read more about Meisterplan
Multi-project resource management
Meisterplan is a cloud-based project portfolio management and resource management tool. Businesses can easily see resource availability and capacity, gain visibility into projects, prioritize and align project portfolios to strategies, and generate real-time scenario simulations with Meisterplan. Read more about Meisterplan

Workfront   

677
66
Enterprise work management software
Use Workfront to manage projects and project portfolios with features such as task and resource management, capacity planning, Gantt charts, & time tracking. Read more about Workfront
Enterprise work management software
Use Workfront to manage projects and project portfolios with features such as task and resource management, capacity planning, Gantt charts, & time tracking. Read more about Workfront

Celoxis   

134
All-in-one project management & work collaboration platform
Comprehensive project management software for planning and tracking multiple projects, resources and budgets. Read more about Celoxis
All-in-one project management & work collaboration platform
Comprehensive project management software for planning and tracking multiple projects, resources and budgets. Read more about Celoxis

FunctionFox   

121
Timesheets & project management software
FunctionFox is dedicated to providing simple, secure, web-based tools to help creative teams improve productivity and profitability. Read more about FunctionFox
Timesheets & project management software
FunctionFox is dedicated to providing simple, secure, web-based tools to help creative teams improve productivity and profitability. Read more about FunctionFox

Airtable   

645
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Cloud-based organization & collaboration tool
Airtable is the all-in-one collaboration platform that combines a flexible spreadsheet interface with rich features like attachments, calendars, and more. Read more about Airtable
Cloud-based organization & collaboration tool
Airtable is the all-in-one collaboration platform that combines a flexible spreadsheet interface with rich features like attachments, calendars, and more. Read more about Airtable

RoboHead   

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Marketing project management tool
RoboHead is the industry-leading marketing project management tool that helps marketing and creative services organizations manage the full lifecycle of their projects, from intake through delivery. This web-based solution not only tracks dates, deadlines, time, and resources, it also manages collaboration, approvals, notification, and finances. Read more about RoboHead
Marketing project management tool
RoboHead is the industry-leading marketing project management tool that helps marketing and creative services organizations manage the full lifecycle of their projects, from intake through delivery. This web-based solution not only tracks dates, deadlines, time, and resources, it also manages collaboration, approvals, notification, and finances. Read more about RoboHead

Mintent   

7
Content marketing automation platform
Mintent is a cloud-based content marketing automation platform which includes tools for planning, producing & distributing content, and tracking its performance. Read more about Mintent
Content marketing automation platform
Mintent is a cloud-based content marketing automation platform which includes tools for planning, producing & distributing content, and tracking its performance. Read more about Mintent

BigTime   

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Time billing & PM software for SMBs
BigTime Time & Billing helps track time, bill/invoice for that time, track expenses & budgets, as well as manage WIP. Users can track profitability per project or per staff member; and can integrate with over 500 apps. Read more about BigTime
Time billing & PM software for SMBs
BigTime Time & Billing helps track time, bill/invoice for that time, track expenses & budgets, as well as manage WIP. Users can track profitability per project or per staff member; and can integrate with over 500 apps. Read more about BigTime

Insightly   

423
CRM for lifelong customer relationships.
Seamlessly hand-off from sales to your project team. Consolidate all of your pre-sale and post-sale project information into Insightly CRM. Read more about Insightly
CRM for lifelong customer relationships.
Seamlessly hand-off from sales to your project team. Consolidate all of your pre-sale and post-sale project information into Insightly CRM. Read more about Insightly

Teamwork Projects   

533
Project management for teams
Teamwork Projects is a project management solution for professionals which provides a range of features for communicating and collaborating within teams. Read more about Teamwork Projects
Project management for teams
Teamwork Projects is a project management solution for professionals which provides a range of features for communicating and collaborating within teams. Read more about Teamwork Projects

Clarizen   

160
Enterprise Project Management Solution
Clarizen brings together project management, workflow automation and in-context collaboration to accelerate progress and engagement. Read more about Clarizen
Enterprise Project Management Solution
Clarizen brings together project management, workflow automation and in-context collaboration to accelerate progress and engagement. Read more about Clarizen

WorkOtter   

124
Cloud based project portfolio management (PPM) solution
The best project management tools ready for large teams without the large cost. Get simple, get visible, and win with WorkOtter. Read more about WorkOtter
Cloud based project portfolio management (PPM) solution
The best project management tools ready for large teams without the large cost. Get simple, get visible, and win with WorkOtter. Read more about WorkOtter

Mavenlink   

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Project Management, Resource Planning, & PSA software
Transform your business by uniting project management, collaboration, time tracking, resource management, and project financials all on one platform. Read more about Mavenlink
Project Management, Resource Planning, & PSA software
Transform your business by uniting project management, collaboration, time tracking, resource management, and project financials all on one platform. Read more about Mavenlink

Zoho Projects   

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Project Management, Collaboration and Bug Tracking
Zoho Projects lets you plan for projects with milestones & tasks, track projects with Gantt charts, track time with timesheets, log bugs, collaborate and more. Read more about Zoho Projects
Project Management, Collaboration and Bug Tracking
Zoho Projects lets you plan for projects with milestones & tasks, track projects with Gantt charts, track time with timesheets, log bugs, collaborate and more. Read more about Zoho Projects

Backlog   

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Online project management tool for developers
Release high-quality software and web projects, faster. Read more about Backlog
Online project management tool for developers
Release high-quality software and web projects, faster. Read more about Backlog

Accelo   

27
Automation software for all Professional Service Businesses
Accelo combines the key needs of project planning, tracking, and collaboration in one platform, and then makes it easy to assign work, track progress and see budgets and profitability in real time. Read more about Accelo
Automation software for all Professional Service Businesses
Accelo combines the key needs of project planning, tracking, and collaboration in one platform, and then makes it easy to assign work, track progress and see budgets and profitability in real time. Read more about Accelo

inMotion   

42
Workflow management for marketing and creative teams.
inMotion makes it easy for marketing and creative teams to get content to market faster by automating workflows and giving you better visibility and control. Read more about inMotion
Workflow management for marketing and creative teams.
inMotion makes it easy for marketing and creative teams to get content to market faster by automating workflows and giving you better visibility and control. Read more about inMotion

ProjectManager.com   

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Award-Winning Project Management Software
Teams have planned over 2,000,000+ projects with our online project management software. Read more about ProjectManager.com
Award-Winning Project Management Software
Teams have planned over 2,000,000+ projects with our online project management software. Read more about ProjectManager.com

Float   

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The resource scheduling app for agencies, studios and firms.
The leading project scheduling app for agencies, studios and firms. Since 2012, Float has been helping the world's top brands, including RGA, Vice and Ogilvy, forecast their time. With a beautifully simple design, drag-and-drop interface and lightning-fast technology, Float makes scheduling simple. Read more about Float
The resource scheduling app for agencies, studios and firms.
The leading project scheduling app for agencies, studios and firms. Since 2012, Float has been helping the world's top brands, including RGA, Vice and Ogilvy, forecast their time. With a beautifully simple design, drag-and-drop interface and lightning-fast technology, Float makes scheduling simple. Read more about Float

Aha!   

141
World's #1 product roadmap and marketing planning software
Aha! is the world's #1 product roadmap and marketing planning software. Read more about Aha!
World's #1 product roadmap and marketing planning software
Aha! is the world's #1 product roadmap and marketing planning software. Read more about Aha!
Project Management Software Buyers Guide

Project management software is used by project managers and stakeholders to plan projects, follow their progress and development, and ensure the timely completion of key tasks. In this buyer’s guide, we’ll look at the core features of this software and the top considerations businesses should have in mind when evaluating a solution.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

What is project management software?

Project management software helps businesses track the progress of projects from inception to completion. They can use these applications to manage various aspects of a project - from tracking tasks as well as optimizing people and resources to sharing important project documents.

Types of project management software

The general purpose of project management software is to improve communication, transparency, and team collaboration, allowing for full visibility over processes, tasks, and workflow.

However, some project management applications are designed with specific teams in mind such as software developers. Others cater a more diverse range of workers.

Given below are different types of project management software and what you can expect from these tools:

  • Task management software: These are basic tools for businesses looking to eliminate manual processes such as the use of spreadsheets for tracking project progress. The software helps project managers schedule employee tasks and track progress on visual dashboards. Employees can prioritize tasks with color codes or labels as well as set up automated notifications and due date reminders.
  • Project collaboration software: This is suitable for teams that want to improve communication among project members. These solutions offer basic task management, with a specific focus on collaboration features, to help employees quickly connect with each other. Functionalities include team activity dashboards, document sharing, real-time chat, and voice/video calling.
  • Agile project management software: This is specifically designed to help technical teams, such as software developers, manage projects. However, it can also be used by small non-technical teams (under 10 members) that follow agile project management frameworks such as marketing. Along with task management and collaboration features, this software typically offers kanban dashboards for progress visualization and advanced reporting such as sprint velocity metrics and burndown charts.
  • Project portfolio management (PPM) software: As small organizations grow, they need this software. It offers advanced functionalities such as project lifecycle management, risk management, and resource management. Full-suite PPM software helps businesses prioritize projects, assess potential risks, and assign the right employees to projects.

Key question to ask your vendor before you buy: What functionalities differentiate your project management software from your competitors?

Deployment options for project management software

Project management applications could either be on-premise or cloud-based offerings. Choosing the right deployment option requires you to consider factors such as software costs and your IT team's expertise.

GetApp.com emphasizes software-as-a-service (SaaS) or cloud-based deployment. These tools typically come with lower up-front costs, faster implementation time, and automatic updates; they also better support remote use, scale more easily, and minimize the need for IT staff and real estate. But you’ll want to broadly understand each deployment method.

Here are the key differences between these two kinds of deployments:

Software-as-a-Service (cloud based)
  • Is hosted on the vendor's servers
  • Pricing is subscription-based on per month, per year, or per user basis
  • Vendor typically takes care of data backup, security, and feature upgrades
On-premise
  • Is hosted on your own servers
  • Pricing is an upfront license fee for a single user
  • You are responsible for data storage and software upkeep

Small businesses usually prefer cloud-based over on-premise solutions as the former is cheaper in the short-run. It also saves them from the hassle of figuring out data backup and maintaining the software on their own.

Key questions to ask your vendor before you buy:

  • (SaaS vendor) Do you offer automatic “offline” data synchronization for mobile applications?
  • (On-premise vendor) Do you have plans to replace your on-premises software with cloud-based solutions?

Project management software features

A common project management function is task management to set and assign tasks, deadlines, and time sprints. Some tools also facilitate communication with the help of automated notifications, document sharing, and the ability to leave notes.

It’s important to carefully examine the features to see if they meet your specific business challenges. For instance, a team with well-defined roles would need a solution that can assign specific user permissions at various stages of the project lifecycle.

Let’s look at the core features of project management solutions in detail:

Task management: Helps plan tasks, set priorities, and track progress at each stage of the project. Lets users create and assign to-dos, set up recurring tasks, and view tasks on a calendar.

Asana Screenshot

Overview of in-progress and upcoming tasks in 5 Asana

Collaboration: Allows employees, clients, or vendors to share and collaborate on project documents via shared online workspaces. They can also communicate through various channels such as email, chat, and video calling.

Jira Screenshot

Commenting on tasks in JIRA Software

Document management: Facilitates centralized sharing of project-related documents, videos, and images. Allows project stakeholders to review, co-author, or redact project files.

Smartsheet Screenshot

Importing files into Smartsheet 

Project planning: Helps project managers define individual tasks, resource allocation, timelines, and deadlines using visual project planning tools such as Gantt charts.

ITM Platform Screenshot

Using Gantt charts to plan task deadlines in ITM Platform

Reporting: Allows users to view project progress and status at a glance, They can also see upcoming deadlines, completed tasks, milestones achieved, team workloads, and budget utilization.

Workfront Screenshot

View project reports in Workfront

Besides these core features, project management solutions offer features that help project managers customize the tool as per their business requirements. Here are two such features that businesses should look for when evaluating a project management tool:

  • Permissions and security: Allows users to set tailor-made access to all project related data. It also keeps the information secure.
  • Project Accounting: Takes charge of project finances and offers tools for tracking budgets, invoicing, and expenses.

Key question to ask your vendor before you buy: How can the core functionalities of your project management solution help me achieve specific business results?

Important project management software integrations

When selecting project management software, ensure that it integrates seamlessly with any software you currently use. Fortunately, most tools integrate with other cloud-based software, saving your time and allowing you to easily share data between applications.

Here are some important integrations that you may need with your project management solution:

  • Email integration: Supports task processing via email. These include the ability to create new tasks, edit details, assign and reschedule tasks, leave comments, and attach documents.
  • Idea management: Helps team collaborate and develop project ideas. Functionalities include mind mapping tools, document sharing and idea management workflows.
  • Bug tracking: Separates the tracking of software bugs from tasks in a project. These include custom workflows, time tracking, ticket management and reporting.
  • Accounting: Allows business to manage project accounting. Functionalities include general ledger accounting, time-tracking for billable hour reports, invoice generation, and project costing reports.

Key question to ask your vendor before you buy: How many third-party integrations do you offer and how many more will you add in the next 1 to 2 years?

Project management software trends

The first step to full-fledged digital transformation for small businesses is digitizing their manual processes, such as tracking progress on spreadsheets, using project management software. However, businesses should take this a step further by leveraging the emerging project management trends and technologies. These include social collaboration and chatbots.

Here are two trends that small businesses should adopt to maximize the benefits of their project management solution:

Social collaboration tools boost communication: While typical features such as project planning and task management are important, there has been an increase in the number of social collaboration tools to manage projects. These solutions are designed like social networks, allowing employees to quickly connect over real-time chat, share their status, and comment using #, @, and emoticons. These are especially relevant to small businesses that have teams working remotely or in different geographies.

Chatbots automate repetitive tasks: As process automation tools, chatbots have become popular with the millennial workforce in the U.S. In project management, these solutions can considerably decrease the time it takes employees to assign tasks, schedule online meetings, and access project documents. As a result, many project management tools have started to integrate chatbots.

Key question to ask your vendor before you buy: What kind of chatbot integrations does your solution offer? Are there any additional charges for these integrations?

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