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Best project management tools?

over 7 years ago from , UX/UI Designer, Screenmedia

What are the best project management tools out there? Are there many as fully featured as Basecamp?

40 comments

  • Jon LayJon Lay, over 7 years ago

    Asana is absolutely phenomenal. Incredibly powerful, hugely versatile, and most importantly, it's fast.

    It's no good having a super powerful tool, that is so clunky that you take your daily tasks and put their in a separate tracker just to help yourself make sense of it.

    As a highly accurate figure, our team is probably about 30% more productive now we have Asana on our side. Couldn't be happier with it.

    9 points
    • Oliur Rahman, over 7 years ago

      Asana is definitely amazing. And free!

      3 points
    • Sam McQueenSam McQueen, over 7 years ago

      .

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      • Jim RenaudJim Renaud, over 7 years ago

        We are working on a visual redesign of Asana. New native iOS app will be launched this summer. Thanks for the Asana love. We are working hard to make it awesome and (cough, cough) hiring designers.

        6 points
        • Bud ParrBud Parr, over 7 years ago

          Great to hear - I've always liked Asana, but found it visually distracting; could never get past seeing all the (potentially) moving pieces.

          0 points
  • Jono Chatterton, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Hey guys! I would love to suggest a Basecamp alternative we built called Stepsie. It offers a more structured project approach, so you don't drown in discussions/tasks and it also has more useful features than Basecamp. Please check it out here www.stepsie.com it's Free!

    All feedback or questions are more than welcome, just drop me a note jono@stepsie.com

    Thanks & have a top day :)

    Jono

    4 points
  • Joe ParkerJoe Parker, over 7 years ago

    We use PivotalTracker at work and I use Wunderlist for personal stuff.

    I've wanted to try out Wunderlist with a team but haven't gotten the buy-in from any colleagues yet.

    Here is an interesting article about a design shop using Wunderlist: http://www.magneticzero.com/less-make-get-happy-think-wunderlist-best-productivity-app-small-businesses/

    2 points
    • Sam Pierce LollaSam Pierce Lolla, over 7 years ago

      +1 for PivotalTracker, esp if you need to associate tasks with code (ie, mark a story as "complete" from a git commit message).

      0 points
    • Varun VachharVarun Vachhar, over 7 years ago

      +1 for Pivotal tracker. It ties in with github, bit-butcket and slack so, updating a story and notifying team mates just happens automatically with git push. That said, Pivotal a tool for SCRUM based development. If you don't follow that then it's not for you.

      0 points
  • George PapadakisGeorge Papadakis, over 7 years ago

    We currently use BaseCamp, Trello and ASANA.

    ASANA is what we use the most (and the one we love the most), though Trello is also superb for small-scale projects.

    BaseCamp has (unfortunately) become sort of a "forum" and that's we why we avoid using it extensively.

    2 points
    • adam stogdilladam stogdill, over 7 years ago

      you should try slack if you want to escape basecamp... their free route is very giving too... we just switched and I'm in love.

      1 point
      • George PapadakisGeorge Papadakis, over 7 years ago

        We are also on Slack from the day we found about it.

        Indeed, love at first sight.

        Slack + ASANA + Sketch + Ember = love :-)

        1 point
  • Alejandro VizioAlejandro Vizio, over 7 years ago

    Basecamp, all the way!

    It has a lot of useful plugins + API

    Theres trello also, blossom and asana also. But I used all of them and kept with Basecamp, I really love it <3

    You should also check out peak that's looking pretty cool for keeping your team together http://www.usepeak.com/

    1 point
  • Tyrale BloomfieldTyrale Bloomfield, over 7 years ago

    A bit of good 'ole personal responsibility goes a long way.

    1 point
  • Stefan TrkuljaStefan Trkulja, over 7 years ago

    If you need a fully featured one, look no further: https://www.activecollab.com/

    1 point
    • Derek Bowers, over 7 years ago

      Wow, this looks awesome!

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    • Per VPer V, over 5 years ago

      It's been a while since you posted this comment, but thanks! It feels like I've tried them all, but Active Collab seems to be exactly what my team needs!

      0 points
  • Zsolt KZsolt K, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    It really depends on how and what are you managing.

    For large-scale projects, Atlassian's Jira & Confluence can be really good, but they can be customised (in a quite hard way) to be useful for smaller teams as well.

    If you are looking for an easy to use & instant solution with very slim learning curve, probably one of these will fit for your need: https://asana.com/http://www.pivotaltracker.com/https://podio.comhttps://basecamp.com/ (It's more like a forum as George mentioned)

    My best tip is to check all of them, see what can they provide and go with the one your are falling in love.

    1 point
  • Hannah Nagel, over 3 years ago

    Glad you´re asking. I´m an employee of a German start-up called Zenkit. Maybe I´m a bit biased cause I love my job but I really recommend having a look at our tool (https://zenkit.com). It combines all necessary functions you need for managing projects succesfully in one userfriendly system. just give it a try

    0 points
  • Tanveer C.Tanveer C., over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Longtime Basecamp user and a fan of Trello. I also tried ActiveCollab a good amount at my previous job.

    Here're my thoughts on each:

    Trello is the easiest to get started on but it didn't work for us in an agency environment with a lot of projects. It lacked certain depth and dimension necessary to be used as a project management app. It's better suited for "task management" We still used it for our daily stand-up meetings.

    Basecamp is Basecamp. Weren't sold on their new redesign so stayed with Classic for a long time. But it's age was definitely showing. We wanted to try new workflows and Basecamp was a little too unweildy / limited / old-school for that.

    If you want all-in-one solution that comes with an infinite number of settings, switches and nobs at the expense of a friendly UI - you can't go wrong w/ ActiveCollab. It has an dizzying array of features (rather poorly implemented) and you may not be happy w/ the way UI looks (and UX is definitely less than desirable) but it does allow you to host your own and allows you to customize the app by adding plug-ins/module etc. If that's something you care about, none of the other tools offer that.

    Something new: http://tryforecast.com

    Forecast marries Trello-like easy to use interface with the structure of a more traditional project management app workflow (ie. Basecamp). It has bunch of innovative touches that makes tackling multiple projects less of a chore. Designed mostly for ourselves and friends at various startup and agencies: something light and flexible that doesn't have unnecessary bells and whistles.

    Sign up for an invite if you guys want to test drive. We'll be rolling out private beta invites in coming weeks.

    0 points
  • Isabelle LepezIsabelle Lepez, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    I would say that it really really depends on your objectives and whether you might be the only user or not; whether you are in a small company or trying to refactor the planning processes of a big enterprise that could involve a lot of actors.

    Basecamp, Asana, ... are really good at managing day-to-day projects, but when time comes to massively plan people on tasks; you might face their limits.

    I work for a company called ISC which is seller and editor of PlanningForce - the kind of solution used to massively schedule projects and resources.

    I would be curious to know a bit more about your needs :)

    0 points
  • barry saundersbarry saunders, over 7 years ago

    Basecamp is good for task management but not so good for actual software dev management. We tend to use basecamp for design / creative / strategy and Jira for software builds. Invision is great for design / UX feedback and prototyping. Slack is good for collaboration and discussion.

    Haven't found a good version control tool for visual design yet - Layervault is good but isn't viable for a big team running on shitty australian internet. Would be ok if we were all using Sketch but trying to constantly sync massive PSDs just chokes the whole network.

    I've been a long-time Things user for personal task management but have just moved to Clear because it's prettier.

    0 points
  • Elliot ScribnerElliot Scribner, over 7 years ago

    As an alternative to slack, you might take a look at kato.im. Kato is a very similar product to slack, with the addition of much better support (almost instantaneous 1 on 1 with the same people every time) and a more organized system for rooms and users.

    We use basecamp and kato.im.

    https://kato.im/

    0 points
  • Kevin WongKevin Wong, over 7 years ago

    A visual way to doing resource planning under a service or agency setting using 10000ft. http://www.10000ft.com/

    Track projects, budgets and scheduled. See who is on the team, and how much work an individual is taking on at any given time.

    This does not do task tracking.

    0 points
  • David DíazDavid Díaz, over 7 years ago

    We use Phabricator. It's mostly oriented around the codebase but also includes a whole bunch of tools to manage all aspects of a project.

    0 points
  • David BlumDavid Blum, over 7 years ago

    I'm using (since a few years) Apollo and I love it: http://www.apollohq.com/?r=4cmoc

    0 points
  • Chris GillisChris Gillis, over 7 years ago

    MiniGroup is a great little product https://minigroup.com

    0 points
  • Mike SMike S, over 7 years ago

    Producteev

    0 points
  • Clifton LabrumClifton Labrum, over 7 years ago

    We have tried countless projet management tools, and we like Flow the best: http://getflow.com

    Its only downside is the cost, but it has a beautiful UI and tons of features. We have quite enjoyed it.

    0 points
  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, over 7 years ago

    Trello, Basecamp.

    0 points
  • Peter DeltondoPeter Deltondo, over 7 years ago

    Slack, Flow, and Bitbucket

    0 points
  • Paulo PereiraPaulo Pereira, over 7 years ago

    Quip

    0 points
  • Svenni DavidssonSvenni Davidsson, over 7 years ago

    Asana for almost everything project related (and even where to go for lunch). I was skeptical at first (believed it was too much), but it's been fantastic. We have stopped using Trello since.

    Slack for quick messaging. We used to use HipChat, if you're still on that old horse, I urge you to try Slack! They have most of the same integrations as HipChat, if you need that.

    0 points
  • Henrique Alves, over 7 years ago

    At the company we use Slack + Sprintly. Sprintly is quite nice but pricey IMO. For side projects I'm using Asana. Try out Asana, it's great!

    0 points
  • Darth BaneDarth Bane, over 7 years ago

    Depends completely on the size of your team. At Tastebuds.fm we used GitHub + Slack, that was more than plenty for a three/four-man team. GitHub issues to keep track of bugs and create todo lists (we used - [ ] a lot), GitHub wiki for feature ideas and snippets, Slack for daily communication and shenanigans.

    You could get away with GitHub + Slack even at scale.

    0 points
  • Nick Dominguez, over 7 years ago

    I've been rediscovering Workflowy again recently and finding it to be really nice.

    0 points
  • Konrad HawroKonrad Hawro, over 7 years ago

    Recently I stumbled upon some basic and free kanban dashboard app that i really like. Kanbanchi, it is similar to Trello but even simpler.

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