Published 10 July 2017 Category: Compass Tips, Digital

Top 5 Project Management and Collaboration Tools

Whether you’re a solo entrepreneur or you work closely with different teams, using a project management tool can enhance productivity, by helping you keep track of your projects and communicate with your team, to focus on getting the job done.

With the rise of remote work, collaboration tools allow you and your team to stay organized no matter how far you are from one another. There are plenty of project management tools in the market and going through all of them can be an endless task, so we have done the hard yards for you and chosen our top 5, all of which offer a free version.
 

Slack 

Slack is a very popular collaboration tool used in some of the world’s fastest growing companies such as LinkedIn and Uber. This messaging tool allows teams to seamlessly chat and share files. Channels are used to separate discussions for specific groups or you can chat privately.  


 

Free Plan Features

  • Search up to 10K messages per month
  • 10 apps or service integrations
  • 5GB file storage


Pros

  • Integration with other tools such as Twitter, Google Drive, DropBox
  • Easy to have informal “water cooler” conversations
  • Search function lets you find information quickly even if it’s inside a shared document


Cons

  • No project management functionality, would need to integrate with other tools 

Best for: Team Communication
 

Asana

Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, started Asana after building an internal tool for Facebook. Asana is a great project management tool used for tracking work and communicating with colleagues around projects.


Free Plan Features

  • Unlimited tasks, projects and conversations
  • 15 team members limit
  • Basic search & dashboard


Pros

  • Can easily monitor progress
  • Clear view of priorities and tasks
  • Communication is shown to all team members associated with the task


Cons

  • Steep learning curve as it takes time to get used to with the many features


Best for: Task Management
 

Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects allows you to easily collaborate your team and keep track of projects. There are four components to this tool: tasks and milestones, documents, project calendars and meetings and forums.

Free Plan Features

  • 1 Project
  • 10MB Storage
  • Task Management, document sharing, app integration


Pros

  • Integration with Google Apps
  • Chat within projects or create separate groups
  • Easy to use
  • Two factor authentication


Cons

  • Additional features such as time tracking are expensive add ons

Best For: Project Management

 

Wrike

Wrike is an excellent tool for task management, and managing multiple projects. Create, delegate and visualize workflows with ease. Great for remote teams and cross functional projects.  

Free Plan Features

  • Unlimited projects
  • Up to 5 users
  • 2 Gb file storage


Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Integrate with platforms such as Google Docs, iCal and Dropbox
  • Visually see the status of a project and can see individual workloads easily


Cons

  • Free plan has limited features

Best For: Managing large projects 
 

Freedcamp

Freedcamp is a task management tool perfect for new businesses and entrepreneurs. Use this project management tool to stay on track with both colleagues and clients. This user-friendly platform is also great for staying organized in your personal life.



Free Plan Features:

  • Unlimited users and projects
  • Unlimited storage, 10mb per file
  • Basic applications such as calendar, tasks, milestones, discussions


Pros

  • Intuitive and easy to set up projects
  • Free version has many useful features
  • Choose from a task view or Kanban style


Cons

  • No Gantt chart or progress views

Best For: Task Management, Small Projects


Overall, our top picks are:

Easiest to use: Freedcamp
Best for Project Management: Asana
Best for Communication: Slack

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