I was asked by a delegate at an open Practical Project management seminar for a recommendation for a cloud-based project management software solution. I see lots of adverts and get lots of emails. I store them but do not have reason to try them out. Evaluating even a small proportion would be a time-consuming task that fits neither what I want to be doing, nor what I have the skills to do well.
But in offering a list for evaluation, I had a chance to collate the websites I was aware of, and thought I would share it.
This list is not comprehensive and neither do I endorse any of the products. Each will have its strengths and weaknesses – it will be good at some things and poor at others. The websites are presented in alphabetical order, so please don’t think that position in the list means anything other than a convention in the sequencing of phono-glyphs.
It excludes any that are dedicated to IT, sytsems or Agile-style projects (as I don’t have much experience in that area and my contact does property projevcts). It includes some collaboration and time management solutions that many of my readers would not consider true project management software.
As always, decide your requirements, shortlist against these, and then try a few out.
Please do give USER experiences of any of these in the comments and note that I will remove any comments that look defamatory or have an undeclared interest.
Paid with free trial
- http://37signals.com/ (basecamp and family)
Free/Free with Premium options
(more of a task management tool)
- https://trello.com/ (an online Kanban board – reviewed here)
(ClockIT is mainly a staff scheduling tool – thank you Michele Alise)
(Completely free – see comments from Michele below)
Downloadable Freeware/Shareware with evaluation
This does not have the cloud advantages of easy sharing and no hassles with installation/configuration (which is an issue for many of the PMs I work with who are blocked from installing solutions on work PCs by their IT departments)