Finding the project management tool that works best for you can be a project of its own. I don’t know if you’ve found the tool that fits all your requirements, but I’ve been working with project management applications for over 20 years.
Project Management Workbench (now Open Workbench), Microsoft Project, Basecamp, and yes, Microsoft Excel are just a few of the tools I’ve used for managing software development, website, and event planning projects.
And at the end of each project, I’m still looking for that perfect project management tool. With hundreds of free and paid options available, finding a project management tool that works best for me comes down to satisficing.
Project Management and Online Collaboration Tools I’m Currently Using
Many of my web development and design colleagues speak highly of Trello, but I’m having a hard time getting my head around it. The interface is a bit confusing and initially overwhelming for me.
The narrow multiple-column layout constantly distracts me; I’m always looking at another column rather than focusing on a single column of content.
Trello’s terminology is a bit different from other project management tools, projects are boards, task lists are lists, and tasks are cards.
Teambox’s interface is one I feel comfortable with immediately, with a sidebar navigation allowing you to select projects and tasks easily and a main content area for displaying your selection. Teambox has both free (up to five users) and paid plans ($5-$15 per user/month).
Have you found a project management and online collaboration tool that works for you? Share your tools in the comments.