The Three Best Free Project Management Tools

Project management is the science of managing a big project into goals, actions and progress

tracking. Despite having lose a lot of interest in terms of demand in the last ten years, for some
people and companies it is still the best way to get things done.

Three tools were tested and here are the comments and the results:

1. Greenhopper

Know for its flexibility and great integration, this tool is an add-on for Jira and Jira is a a software from Atlassian, a bug tracking system. To put it in a sentence, this tool has all you need to manage the projects.

One of the greatest advantages is you can give the system a try to see if it suits your needs. In case you are satisfied the management software costs 10$ per 10 users per month.

The Kanban board is the user interface of this system to help you get the project done in the least time possible. Almost everything can be configured to your liking. You can modify the fields, performance metrics and graphs. This program can make your boss notice that you are someone to give respect to.

You can enter some data such as business values, estimations for time to complete a job and also future estimation based on past performance. The users can also follow tasks.

The disadvantage of this system is the amount of knowledge you need to have in order to be able to use it in full, but nothing is impossible with dedication and some time.

2. Trello

Compared with the two other systems tested, Trello is absolutely free. This system is so easy. It is all about putting titles on the boards and from there adding tasks to do, tracking them,

making them as done and following to the next. The fantastic part is the small team usage. The cost involved is zero for small teams. Small projects can be done easily and in a simple way.

The main disadvantage of this system is the lack of the estimation report tool. Based on past performance you can’t estimate how the future will be. Another is the lack of “push” that it can give to the user to complete the job on time. There is simply no such feature. The user will have to be motivated by himself to get the job done. Lack of search is the last disadvantage. If
you have a big project and you need to search for information, you can’t.

3. Asana

Asana’s motto is “do great things”. This tool wants to keep you organized and to get things done. While this too is complex and powerful, it has the feel of a Dropbox like software and does not look like a heavy weight model. It looks like Trello when simplicity is considered and looks like Greenhopper when it comes to complexity and features.

A great advantage is the ability to prioritize tasks quickly and the Dropbox looking environment makes file sharing very easy. Custom tagging tasks is a feature presented here. You can name the headers allowing to break down the project into intelligent tasks. Search is greatly presented here. No more scrolling down to look for information and results. A query will take you where you want to go.

The disadvantage is the lack of customization. You can’t modify this tool to your liking and you need to go with the flow to the get job done.

With the development of more powerful web tools, email, office solutions and better communication services like Skype, project management has been losing a lot of ground but it is still the best way to get a big project done like the development of a new class of databases or management software. There is no perfect tool to get the job done. Now with the power of Gmail, calendars and to-do tools, project management is loosing terrain but still a great way to get a great project going. For people and businesses that need to integrate the project management software data with other tools such as online databases and spreadsheets and even sync that data with Office, that’s impossible for now and maybe why this software is losing popularity.