7 Apps for Simplifying Project Management
Updated · Jun 19, 2014
Every project needs to have someone in charge in order to succeed. The larger the project and the more far-spread the team, the harder it is to manage. Managing the project can become as arduous as the project itself!
It’s important to get project management right because how well managed a project is can be a key determinant of its success. Luckily, there are countless websites and applications for managing projects, assigning tasks to team members, tracking project progress and more. Here’s a look at some of our favorites.
Cruun lets project managers and participants manage and share tasks and information via email and a Web interface. A consolidated task management screen lets you see the status of all tasks (complete, open, overdue) at a glance. Simply create a task, assign it to a group member, and assign a due date. Cruun will follow up for you to ensure on-time completion. Plus, Cruun keeps all project discussion in a single place so you don’t have to search through multitudes of email to ascertain task status.
Redbooth, formerly Teambox, is a project management and remote collaboration tool that makes collaboration, file management and team discussions easy and productive. It is extremely user friendly and includes features for the creation and management of tasks, team communication, and file and content management. For the latter job, it integrates with Dropbox, Box and Google Drive. Team communication is organized and stored by project, and discussions can easily be converted into tasks. There’s even HD video conferencing, screen sharing and group chat. Project participants can communicate and work together via the Web interface, email or mobile apps for iOS and Android.
Projects can not only be managed on the web but also on your iPad using Project Management. The app helps you manage teams, assign tasks and track all the project-related stuff. The app was an early entrant to the project management arena, and the interface definitely looks old-school. Despite the dated look, Project Management is quite easy to use to keep track of tasks and milestones. Plus, the educational resources are really helpful. For instance, the app offers video lessons and tips on managing teams and projects better.
Matthew David Sarrel is executive director of Sarrel Group, an editorial services, product test lab and information technology consulting company. He is a contributing editor for PC Magazine, a contributing analyst for GigaOM and a frequent contributor to the Quinstreet Enterprise family of sites. Previously, he was a technical director for PC Magazine Labs, where he led all testing conducted by the Applications, Enterprise and Development Software, OS and Utilities, Network Infrastructure and Wireless LAN teams. His career also includes stints as an executive at two Internet startups and as director of IT for the New Jersey Medical School National Tuberculosis Center.