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10 Project Management Tools That You Need To Know

Keeping the risk management plan up to date can transform it from a door stop into a vital project management tool. Remember: what you don’t know can kill your project. – Bruce Pittman

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eing a lead manager on a project can be stressful, especially in the beginning of your career. Some of the most successful project managers didn’t become so good at their jobs through sheer talent and respect. This is where dedicated applications and online tools come into place to help team leaders and managers with their projects.
 
A multitude of benefits is available to anyone who opts for using specialized tools instead of jotting down notes and hoping not to forget something. Some of these benefits include faster turnaround times, better job delegation and quality feedback provision.
 
These tools are useful not only for leaders but members as well since they will refer to the app in hand anytime they hit a problem instead of calling their managers. So what are some of the essential, must-know tools when it comes to project management?

1. Asana

 
As one of the major players in the project management tool ring, Asana provides users with a plethora of professional options. Whether you need a team management tool or a bulleted listing of your project milestones, Asana provides you with these options on both desktop and Android/iOS form. It’s one of the more straightforward and easy-to-understand tools on our list which makes it a perfect choice for beginner-level project management.

2. Scoro

 
If advanced project management options such as live KPI tracking and team collaboration are something you are looking for, then Scoro is the perfect choice for you. This tool combines everything you would need as a project manager. From the slick interface to team management and scheduling options, Scoro has everything you would ever need as a team leader.

3. Trello

 
Managing workflow and solving bottlenecks on the fly is something that many project managers struggle with. Trello is a tool that provides both team management as well as workflow scheduling options in its plethora of features. If visualization and to-do lists are something that you and your team are looking for, Trello might just be the tool for you.

 
Using OneNote to plan meetings, collaborate on certain tasks as well as get projects done is pretty straightforward. Since the tool is coming from Microsoft, you can expect a full integration with the Office package which is a huge benefit to many managers out there. Using cloud-sync and cooperating on common tasks with your team from desktop and tablet devices using OneNote is fast and intuitive which makes it very approachable for everyone.

5. Aha!

 
As the name implies, this tool is centered on creating roadmaps and workflow management for projects. Keeping track of your milestones and job delegation through Aha! is simple and the onboard visualization only helps things out. You can also implement Pick Writers into your work by introducing a writer that can help you shape agendas and reviews. This tool provides a healthy balance of advanced analytical options and approachability, giving it a special flare for aspiring managers.




 
If you and your team are used to social media platforms in your everyday life, you will be happy to hear about Basecamp. The tool is designed with the social media generations in mind, meaning that the interface looks eerily similar to popular networks such as Facebook and Instagram while still retaining the project management options. Basecamp emphasizes teamwork and collaboration as some of their key features which makes it a good option for small firms.

7. Paymo

 
Given the fact that many project managers represent small companies or startups, it’s easy to understand that there are some accounting and cost-tracking involved. Paymo is an application that allows for the standard workflow and pipeline management options to be implemented with advanced payment and invoicing options. This can give you an edge over the competition and ensure that your daily productivity is maximized without losing precious time on accounting and cost calculations.

8. Podio

 
If file sharing and team collaboration are the focus of your project, consider using Podio. The platform is built with file management and discussion in mind, giving you a good playground to work with if you are a content creation agency or something similar. With its extensive visualization options and a slick interface to boot, Podio represents a good option for any marketing firm that needs a project management tool.

9. Jira

 
Some teams need problem-solving platforms to help them out with their projects. Jira is a tool that allows developers, programmers and IT experts to solve common issues and drive projects forward. Project managers can safely use Jira to manage their teams and issue job delegations through a comprehensive workflow system. If you want to develop an agile working environment with your digital team, Jira is the perfect tool for your needs.

10. Notion

 
Lastly, if you are looking for a unique interface that can help you solve team issues and manage project tasks painlessly, Notion might be the place to look. You can easily assign weekly duties, draw up reports, use a blackboard feature to scribble and share ideas as well as keep a personal notebook online for future reference. The notion might be different than any tool you have used before, but it provides enough freshness to be considered a worthy project management tool.
 
Whether you choose a collaborative tool or something that leans towards job delegation and deadlines, keep in mind that your team also has a say in it. Give each tool a shot and use the trial period to truly test out different options and capabilities each platform provides. The right project management tool is waiting for you just around the corner.

In summation

 
As you can see, these tools and applications are catered to different audiences and project types. Depending on the sort of work you do with your team, its good practice to give two or three of them a try before settling for your preferred choice.
 
Keep in mind that you can always use a free project management tool if your needs are rudimentary and require minimal room for additional team members. Stay within your budget and let the rest of your company in on the tool if it helps your project in a significant way. You might be looking at a long-term use of that tool if it can help your company thrive in a big way.
 

Dina Indelicato is a blogger enthusiast and freelance writer. She is always open to research about new topics and gain new experiences to share with her readers. You can find her on Twitter @DinaIndelicato and Facebook.
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