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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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Wrike   

1,393
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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   

6,857
67
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

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

Workfront   

677
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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

Airtable   

640
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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

JIRA Software   

6,246
68
Project & Issue Tracking Software - See why we're #1!
Trusted by millions, JIRA is the leading project management tool enabling teams to track, manage, and report with confidence - any team, any size. Get started! Read more about JIRA Software
Project & Issue Tracking Software - See why we're #1!
Trusted by millions, JIRA is the leading project management tool enabling teams to track, manage, and report with confidence - any team, any size. Get started! Read more about JIRA Software

ProjectManager.com   

289
71
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

Scoro   

132
70
Comprehensive business management software.
Scoro is a cloud-based business management software, covering project & work management, CRM, quoting, billing, advanced reporting, dashboards, and much more. Read more about Scoro
Comprehensive business management software.
Scoro is a cloud-based business management software, covering project & work management, CRM, quoting, billing, advanced reporting, dashboards, and much more. Read more about Scoro

Easy Projects   

192
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Project management and collaboration tools
Easy Projects is a project management & collaboration platform for mid-size businesses & enterprises designed to help marketing, IT and operations teams replace spreadsheets, emails, & whiteboards with a single online tool. Easy Projects allows users to see the status of their projects in real-time. Read more about Easy Projects
Project management and collaboration tools
Easy Projects is a project management & collaboration platform for mid-size businesses & enterprises designed to help marketing, IT and operations teams replace spreadsheets, emails, & whiteboards with a single online tool. Easy Projects allows users to see the status of their projects in real-time. Read more about Easy Projects

MeisterTask   

400
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Collaboration and task management tool
MeisterTask’s flexible project boards adapt to your workflow and make sure everyone is on the same page. Project management has never been more intuitive. Read more about MeisterTask
Collaboration and task management tool
MeisterTask’s flexible project boards adapt to your workflow and make sure everyone is on the same page. Project management has never been more intuitive. Read more about MeisterTask

Avaza   

228
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All-in-one, client-focused project management for teams.
Set up project budgets, assign resources, track task deadlines, enter timesheet and expenses, and invoice clients - all in one app! Read more about Avaza
All-in-one, client-focused project management for teams.
Set up project budgets, assign resources, track task deadlines, enter timesheet and expenses, and invoice clients - all in one app! Read more about Avaza

ClickUp  

1,232
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Project management & work collaboration
ClickUp is an intuitive project management platform designed to increase productivity in technology teams. Read more about ClickUp
Project management & work collaboration
ClickUp is an intuitive project management platform designed to increase productivity in technology teams. Read more about ClickUp

Favro  

376
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All-in-one planning & collaboration app
Favro is an all-in-one planning & collaboration app which enables marketers to plan, track & manage ideas effectively using intuitive boards, cards & reports. Read more about Favro
All-in-one planning & collaboration app
Favro is an all-in-one planning & collaboration app which enables marketers to plan, track & manage ideas effectively using intuitive boards, cards & reports. Read more about Favro

Wimi  

90
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Reinvent your teamwork
Wimi integrates all the essential tools to manage your projects efficiently: doc sharing and sync, shared calendars, task management and communication tools. Read more about Wimi
Reinvent your teamwork
Wimi integrates all the essential tools to manage your projects efficiently: doc sharing and sync, shared calendars, task management and communication tools. Read more about Wimi

ITM Platform  

89
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Cloud-based project management solutions
ITM Platform offers comprehensive project, program & portfolio management, including resource planning and full PMO support. Manage agile & waterfall projects, prioritize what’s best for business, control project financial, & use real-time information to assess how projects are performing. Read more about ITM Platform
Cloud-based project management solutions
ITM Platform offers comprehensive project, program & portfolio management, including resource planning and full PMO support. Manage agile & waterfall projects, prioritize what’s best for business, control project financial, & use real-time information to assess how projects are performing. Read more about ITM Platform
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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Project Management Category Leaders Q1 2019

GetApp's quarterly ranking showcases the leading 10-15 Project Management apps based in the cloud. Each app is scored using five factors, worth 20 points each, for a total possible score out of 100. These factors include user reviews, integrations, mobile app availability, functionality, and security. Each app's score is independent of commercial interests and existing relationships that GetApp has with app vendors.

Scroll down for more details about inclusion criteria and scoring.

Score
ReviewsIntegrationsMobileFunctionalitySecurity
75
75
Reviews 16/20
Integrations 17/20
Mobile 14/20
Functionality 13/20
Security 15/20
71
71
Reviews 11/20
Integrations 17/20
Mobile 14/20
Functionality 14/20
Security 15/20
71
71
Reviews 13/20
Integrations 16/20
Mobile 13/20
Functionality 15/20
Security 14/20
70
70
Reviews 13/20
Integrations 16/20
Mobile 16/20
Functionality 13/20
Security 12/20
68
68
Reviews 11/20
Integrations 12/20
Mobile 15/20
Functionality 15/20
Security 15/20
68
68
Reviews 19/20
Integrations 20/20
Mobile 14/20
Functionality 15/20
Security -/20
67
67
Reviews 15/20
Integrations 11/20
Mobile 14/20
Functionality 15/20
Security 12/20
67
67
Reviews 20/20
Integrations 17/20
Mobile 15/20
Functionality 15/20
Security -/20
66
66
Reviews 14/20
Integrations 8/20
Mobile 14/20
Functionality 14/20
Security 16/20
66
66
Reviews 16/20
Integrations 16/20
Mobile 16/20
Functionality 18/20
Security -/20
64
64
Reviews 8/20
Integrations 12/20
Mobile 15/20
Functionality 12/20
Security 17/20
63
63
Reviews 12/20
Integrations 12/20
Mobile 15/20
Functionality 11/20
Security 13/20
63
63
Reviews 17/20
Integrations 16/20
Mobile 16/20
Functionality 14/20
Security -/20
61
61
Reviews 14/20
Integrations 9/20
Mobile 13/20
Functionality 12/20
Security 13/20
60
60
Reviews 8/20
Integrations 10/20
Mobile 12/20
Functionality 13/20
Security 17/20

What is Category Leaders?

GetApp’s Category Leaders graphic identifies leading cloud-based software products in the Project Management software category. If you’re a business owner or decision maker who is evaluating Project Management technology options for your company, Category Leaders is for you.

The ranking highlights key factors that small businesses should consider when assessing which software products may be right for them. These factors include user perception (“user reviews”), compatibility with other systems (“integrations”), mobile offerings (“mobile”), technical capabilities (“functionality”), and product security (“security”).

To create each Category Leaders ranking, our research team typically evaluates hundreds of products in any one category. The 10-15 with the highest scores become Category Leaders.

What makes a product eligible for Category Leaders?

Category Leaders is focused on the North American Project Management software market. To be eligible for inclusion, products must offer a core set of functionality, as determined by our research analysts, who provide coverage of and have familiarity with products in that market. Please see the “Functionality” section below for additional details on the core set of functionality we define for the Project Management market.

Since Category Leaders is intended to cover the Project Management market at large, individual analysts use their market experience and knowledge, existing market-based research, and small business software buyer needs analysis to assess an application’s suitability for a given category depending on whether it can reasonably be expected to be relevant to most small business buyers across industries searching for a system with a strong focus on Project Management capabilities.

In addition, a product must have at least 20 unique user-submitted product reviews across the three Gartner Digital Markets web properties: softwareadvice.com, capterra.com, and getapp.com, and those reviews must be published within 18 months of the start of the analysis period. The analysis period for the Q1 2019 Category Leaders update is May 9, 2017 to November 9, 2018.

How are the scores calculated?

An app’s score is calculated using five unique data points, each scored out of 20, resulting in a total score out of 100. The ranking and scoring methodology ensure complete impartiality and independence from any relationships that GetApp has with app vendors.

User Reviews

Review scores are calculated using weighted reviews collected from GetApp and its sister sites, Software Advice and Capterra. This score is based on average user ratings (on a scale from 1 to 5) of how satisfied users are with a product overall. The scoring includes ratings left within the previous 18-month period; ratings that are more recent are weighted more heavily.

The methodology calculates the percentile ranking for each product relative to all other products in the software category that have qualified for inclusion. That percentile ranking is then translated into a 1 to 20 score.

Integrations

Integration scores factor in a number of variables. Up to 16 points are awarded based on the number of integrations an app has. The first 10 points are awarded based on the number of integrations relative to the category average, while 4 points are awarded based on the number of integrations relative to the leaders in the category. An additional 5 points is awarded for an integration with Zapier, a widely used software integration platform, while an extra point is given for having an open API. The total possible score for integrations is 20 points.

Mobile Platforms

Mobile scores are calculated based on the availability of an iOS and Android app. Five points are awarded for the presence of each app, with an additional 10 points awarded for the number and average rating of reviews in both the App Store and Google Play. These review scores are calculated on a scale based on the category average for a maximum of 5 points per platform and an overall maximum score of 20.

If there isn’t a native iOS or Android app, the product’s website is assessed using Google’s PageSpeed Insights to measure mobile usability. A score out of 100 is given, then scaled to a score out of 5 for a maximum of 5 points.

Functionality

Functionality scores are assigned based on a combination of two assessments: user ratings and functionality breadth data.

Fifty percent of the score is based on average user ratings on a scale from 1 to 5 of how satisfied users are with the product’s functionality. The scoring includes ratings left within the previous 18-month period; ratings that are more recent are weighted more heavily.

The methodology calculates the percentile ranking for each product relative to all other products in the software category that have qualified for inclusion. That percentile ranking is then translated into a 1 to 10 score.

The other 50% of the score is based on a functionality assessment of the product. For each software category, our research analysts define a core set of features that a product must offer, as well as additional “nice-to-have” common and optional features. For the Project Management category, we identify the following set of features:

  • Core features: task management, collaboration, document management, project planning, and project tracking.
  • Common features (at least two of the following): time tracking, resource management, budget management, Gantt charts, kanban boards, and user permissions.
  • Optional features: billing/invoicing, risk management, and portfolio management.

Products are assessed according to how many of those pre-defined features they offer, and products with more features receive a higher score. We use this data to calculate a product’s percentile ranking, which allows us to determine how products compare relative to one another rather than determine an absolute number.

All told, a vendor can receive up to 10 points based on user ratings and up to 10 points based on the features assessment for a total maximum score of 20 for “functionality.”

Security

Security scoring is calculated using answers from a vendor-completed survey. The questions in the survey are based on the Cloud Security Alliance self-assessment form as part of the Security, Trust & Assurance Registry, supplemented by the expertise of our security research experts. Each answer in the 16-question survey is assigned a point value. The scoring then calculates the percentile ranking for each product relative to all other products in the software category that have qualified for Category Leaders consideration. That percentile ranking is then translated into a 1 to 20 score.

In the event of a tie, each data point is weighted for importance, with security taking precedent, followed by reviews, integrations, mobile apps, and functionality, respectively.

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Providers must abide by the Category Leaders External Usage Guidelines when referencing Category Leaders content. Except in digital media with character limitations, the following disclaimer MUST appear with any/all Category Leaders reference(s) and graphic use:

GetApp Category Leaders constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, GetApp or its affiliates.

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