Project Management System Software That Supports Your Team’s Work StyleThe Flow TeamLast Updated: May 21, 2020
Whether you work in an office, on a distributed team, or are making the shift to remote work, it’s no secret that project management can come with its challenges. Documents lost, missed deadlines, and lack of communication are just some of the common issues teams face on the regular. It’s true that finding a solution for all of these challenges can be tough to navigate, even when it’s for the best. The good news is that so many of the tech and communication issues are avoidable. But ensuring team members feel fully supported to do their best work goes beyond just avoiding the issues. You need a collaborative system that will set the team up for ultimate success.
Project management system software can help you untangle a broad range of work challenges. The first big step is to find a software solution that offers project management tools that support a diverse range of work styles. It sounds like a tall order, but you’ll discover that some systems do deliver. Let’s look more closely at the benefits of project management software and some of the popular systems that might fit your team’s needs.
What Is Project Management System Software?
At its best, project management system software does exactly what the name implies: it helps teams move from one phase of a project to another without skipping a beat. Team members can create and allocate tasks, track timelines, communicate, and find documents and other resources in one place. The result? streamlined workflows, more productive teams, and less stress overall.
The best project management system will also provide a variety of tools for remote work and key integrations that are not only easy to implement but also intuitive to use. Team collaboration becomes possible even when work styles differ. The right tools should make it easy to get your whole team on track quickly.
Popular Productivity Platforms That Streamline Workflow
Five of the most popular project management platforms are listed below with notes on their core features, prices, and designs.
Asana has been around for more than 10 years. In that time, it has grown into one of the most popular software programs, thanks to its range of features and savvy marketing. There’s a lot to Asana, so here’s a peek at what you can expect:
- Project views help you visualize work, whether you prefer boards, lists, or calendars.
- Shareable tasks, subtasks, and sections organize project details and meeting agendas.
- Reports are available in various formats like timeline and portfolio.
- Permissions and privacy can be managed by admins.
- In-app communication centralizes project, team, and social conversations.
- Unlimited storage for every account (individual files maxed at 100MB).
- Free trial, credit card required. You’ll be charged after 30 days if you don’t cancel.
- Basic: Free for individuals and new teams who need to manage their own tasks and to-dos.
- Premium: Plan and track projects for $13.49/mo per user.
- Business: Manage more aspects of team member workloads for $30.49/mo per user. Builds on the Premium subscription with extras, such as a rules builder and app integrations.
- Enterprise: Price not disclosed—you have to give Asana a call. Includes Business features plus add-ons like SAML and customer support.
At first glance, the busy layout of Asana can be overwhelming, despite all the open white space. Unfortunately, the complexity of the platform, plus the time it takes to learn, does overload a lot of users which can negatively impact team engagement and increase the learning curve for new users on the platform.
In the beginning, Jira was used to track bugs and other issues for software development teams. But, in the nearly 20 years it has been around, features have expanded to include several aspects of project management. Here are the details:
- Scrum and Kanban boards visually organize to-dos. Certain features can be turned on or off to individualize workflow.
- Automation is available for any task or process using the easy drag-and-drop function.
- Roadmaps track your projects and communication about them.
- Agile reporting provides real-time updates in a variety of charts, diagrams, and graphs.
- Custom filters can be written with Jira Query Language (JQL).
- Integration with third-party apps gives you access to various coding and chat tools.
- Free trial for seven days, no credit card required.
- Free: Limited functionality for up to 10 users. Includes 2GB of storage.
- Standard: More robust features for $10/month for up to 10 users. Eleven users or more are priced at $7/mo each. Includes 250GB of storage.
- Premium: Access to all features for $14/mo per user for up to 5,000 people. Unlimited storage included.
Despite how long it has been around, Jira isn’t well-loved by many of its users—and that has a lot to do with the design. The developers aimed for clean, colorful lines, but ended up with a stark and jumbled look that isn’t intuitive to use. It’s still primarily designed to work best for software development teams.
Making its first appearance 20 years ago, Basecamp is one of the earliest project management platforms. So, it has the benefit of time and experience on its side. Here’s what else it has:
- To-do lists act as tasks and can be assigned to one or more people. You can also add notes or files, make comments, and set due dates for yourself and others.
- File storage is housed in one location for each project. You can drag and drop most file types, color code them, and see version histories. You can link Google Docs here, too.
- Schedules reflect daily to-dos and larger project tasks. It works with Google Calendar, iCal, and Outlook.
- Hill charts visually track a project’s progress. You can also add annotations.
- Multiple communication channels include private messaging, group chat, and message boards. There’s even a question thread that keeps team check-ins together.
- Notifications can be scheduled or turned off completely.
- Free 30-day trial, no credit card required.
- Basecamp Personal: Free for up to 3 projects, 20 users, and 1GB of storage.
- Basecamp Business: $99/month for an unlimited number of projects and users plus 500GB of storage.
Basecamp is designed to be simple and straightforward. But that also gives the software a rigid feel, especially since customization and integrations are limited. Unfortunately, it’s not built for all types of teams, either. Finance teams, in particular, will notice few helpful features.
Since 2011, simplicity has been the name of Trello’s game. In place of complex features, there are basic boards, lists, and cards. This Kanban-focused platform works well for modest projects and teams. Here’s what you get:
- Power-Ups allow you to use calendars, create custom fields, and set limits on your lists.
- Third-party integrations assist with file sharing and communication.
- Automation lets you schedule commands, notifications, and create usage rules.
- Free: Unlimited boards, lists, and cards for individuals plus access to 10 team boards.
- Business Class: $12.50/mo per user. Comes with expanded individual and team features, Power-Ups, automation, admin, and security. Maximum file size is 250MB.
- Enterprise: Starts at $20.83/mo per user with discounts for higher numbers of users. A step up from the Business Class option with more admin and security features.
Trello’s design is simplistic, colorful, and easy on the eyes. As long as your project is simple or even of a personal nature, this platform can be a fun way to stay organized. But it lacks a lot of critical features and integrations. If you’re doing more than planning a wedding or starting a very small business, the design may not meet all of your needs and may even bring hours of disorganized frustration.
Flow provides project management software for small teams, bigger businesses, and fast-growing startups. They work with a variety of nonprofits, too. Flow’s customers love the platform. Here’s why:
- Multiple workflow options support every unique team and individual. Whether it’s Kanban boards or to-do lists, you’re covered.
- Comprehensive task feature organizes work by keeping files and communication in one place. You can track due dates, attach files, add comments, and set tags for easy filtering later. There’s even a sidebar where you can choose to follow your team members’ tasks.
- Project dashboard tracks overarching initiatives in a customizable view.
- Calendars display timelines for all projects and team members’ tasks, as well as individuals’ schedules.
- Powerful chat feature lets you set up group chats and one-on-one messaging, and you can personalize your notifications. (Available in Flow X—coming June 2020).
- Wide-ranging integrations are available so you can keep using your favorite tools. From Dropbox to Slack to Zapier, there isn’t anything you’ll have to give up.
- A home tab where everything can be seen at a glance, including completed and upcoming tasks for you and your team.
- A Customizable platform that is easy to make your own with everything from themes to accent colors. (Available in Flow X—coming in June 2020)
- Free no-obligation trial. No credit card required, and you can cancel anytime.
- Basic: $6/mo per user. Includes all essential features and some integrations for up to 25 team members. Storage capacity is 50GB.
- Plus: $8/mo per user. Includes everything you get with the Basic plan for an unlimited number of team members. Storage capacity increased to 250GB.
- Pro: $10/mo per user. Includes all features and integrations for an unlimited number of team members. Security is increased, and storage capacity is unlimited.
The team at Flow has designed a robust, yet simple, workspace that finds a balance between everything you need and nothing you don’t. It’s easy to learn, intuitive to use, and elegantly designed. In fact, Flow’s fans love it, in large part, because the space is so beautiful. For all of the productivity tools out there today, it’s surprising that it’s such an intuitive, enjoyable system.
Your Team Needs Engaging Collaboration Software
One important thing all of these project management software systems have in common is cloud storage to support remote teams from anywhere. But easy accessibility doesn’t guarantee engagement. Real, efficient collaboration happens only when a project management platform runs smoothly and keeps team members excited to log in. The system that combines these elements is the one your team will want to stick with for the long haul.
It’s hard to effectively support a team without a centralized platform that keeps workflows smooth and team members connected. Flow is an easy-to-use project management software platform that does both. Try Flow free today!
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