As a web developer when you are working on a collaborative project or as a part of a team, often you'll face issues such as tracking progress of a project, improper task assignment, duplicacy of work, rework on previously resolved issues and as the number of team members grow, eventually the task of keeping everyone updated becomes cumbersome. That is when you need an effective project management tool. Well there are plethora of project management tools available, but which one to choose is a very critical task, as it would decide the pace of your work and effectiveness of your management skills.
Even if you are already using a task management tool or a project management tool this post will help you look out some of the new features these free newer tools offer.
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Project management tolls for Web Designers/Developers
1. Asana: It is a Free Web based Project Management, Bug Tracking and Task Management app. It is free upto a team of 30 members and is compatible on smart phones. The best feature of this app is that its lighting fast and is bundled with keyboard shortcuts. The modern look and feel, clubbed with useful features as labeling,commenting, setting up goals, milestones, releases, creating sprints , backlog, converting features into tasks with deadlines, follow projects and maintaining notes make it one of my personal choice for project management. It is an app made for small designers to big companies. Click here to see Demo Video for Asana project management.
2. Cohuman: Cohuman is more of a task management and collaborative tool rather a complete project management system. This web app focuses on group projects where people can get connected and start working on tasks under projects. The main advantage with this tool is that it creates a priority score for tasks which allows the system to automatically re-prioritize tasks. This way you only have to focus on your limited set of work. Cohuman is powerfully integrated with Google docs/apps and easy task creation just by sending mail. It supports mobile phones as well, so for collaborative projects this tool is definitely in the list. It is an app for Designers and group of collaborative designers. Click here to see more about Cohuman Management tool.
3. Trello: Trello is again more of a tracking tool which can track who is doing what ? rather than a complete project management. Though on the brighter side, it is a tool which you can use for everything including organizing events, sales and client management, bug tracking and just about everything which requires a collaborative effort. The USP of this is that it deals in tasks as cards, where in each card is a new task. With this approach it becomes very easy to monitor who is doing what and how much % work is remaining. It also has some cool features as commenting, voting, labeling, check-listing and notifications. It is a powerful, yet simple tool and if have a small team then it is a great tool to start with. Click here to learn more about Trello.
4. Basecamp: Well, this is one of the most popular web based app which is currently being used by big companies to small web designers, but increasingly it is used for client interaction like Client management and support requests. Again it is not a complete project management system but a very easy to use combination of tools such as to do lists, lists, labeling, file uploading, commenting system combined. But Basecamp comes with a rider which one can not ignore, even if you get a free personal project to try on Basecamp but thereafter the pricing is too high even for small projects. Click here to know more about Basecamp.
5. Nokahuna: Nokahuna is free web based task management app for unlimited projects and members upto 330MB data . This is an amazing app which packs some of the premium features for free. It has projects, tasks, labels, due dates, project categories, commenting, task stages, re-assignment, messaging, email integration, mobile suppot and project events. Its an excellent tool for task management and an excellent choice for designers and developers whether a small group or a large size team. It stands second in my list. Click here to know more about NoKahuna.
6. TomsPlanner: If you love excel and gantt charts then Tomsplanner is the tool for you. It is a unique app which uses a very intuitive panel for planning of day today tasks. Its a very good personal task management tool but I do not see how it can really fit an organization as a project management tool. Click here to view Demo of TomsPlanner
These are some of the interesting project and task management tools worth looking at and trying out in your projects. This is not an exhaustive list, if you have more suggestions pour them in. Also any feedback on the above tools is welcome. So which tool are you using for your next project?