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Yesterday's infographic provided some great steps for a new Project Manager to tackle breaking an SOW down into a manageable project plan. Continuing with the theme of making life easier for Project Managers, we found this article from LifeHack, written by Jane Hurst. In it, she identifies 8 project management apps that will help you take care of your team, tasks and deadlines. Here are the top picks:
This is a unique app that offers a different way of doing things. On Casual you plan your tasks just by drawing them as a flowchart. The neat thing is that Casual helps you visualize and track dependencies between tasks. This app is incredibly intuitive and works great for personal projects, as well as for organizing projects for small teams. You can try it for free, and if you don't like it, there is no obligation to pay for anything.
This is an awesome app for iPhone and iPad users. If you love Gantt charts, this is definitely an app that you can get a lot out of. You start out by creating a simple project outline. Then you can use the app to help you through every step of the project until its completion. A standard plan costs just $49.99, and the pro plan is only $99.98.
This is a great app for medium and large-sized teams working on projects. The special point about Podio is that there are additional features such as CRM and social intranet. There are four different packages: Free, which is free for up to five employees and five external users; Basic, which is $9 per month per employee; Plus, which is $14 per month per employee, and Premium, which is $24 per month per employee.
This app is incredibly user-friendly, and is based on Kanban boards. It actually works like a virtual whiteboard with post-it-notes. Trello is great for organizing your to-do lists, ideas, and is very easy to use. You can create several boards to use for various projects, and it's free of cost. Trello is available to iOS and Android users as well.
5. Microsoft Project
This is one of the most commonly-used project management apps. However, it is also one of the most difficult apps to use. It does have a lot of features that are popular with project managers, which is why we have chosen to include in on this list. You can customize reports, track burn rates, and stay on track until projects are complete. A free trial is available, and then the cost is $549+ per license, depending on the plan you choose.
If you are looking for something that is not difficult to use, check out Asana. This is a great task management app that can be used for managing projects as well. In a nutshell Asana helps you create and share task lists with your team. The app is simple but smart enough and has got a lot of integrations. Teams with up to 15 members can use Asana for free. Teams with 15 members and up can choose plans that range from $50 per month to $800 per month (for 100 members).
It's probably the most well-known project management app out there. It allows you to organize projects that act as a central location for everything and contains such things as to-do lists, notes, events, files, and much more. It is user-friendly, and has a free 60-day trial period. After that, plans start at $20 per month and go up to $3,000 per year if you want to have unlimited projects and 500 GB of storage.
While this isn't really a project management app, many people use it as one. This is a note-taking tool that is simple to use, and helps you to stay organized with multiple projects. It works well for personal projects. You can use Evernote for free, or choose a premium service for $5 per month or $45 per year.