Best Project Management Software
Project management software assists employees, administrators, and teams to manage team goals and long-term projects, and coordinate individual tasks. Project management software does this with a range of tools to manage workloads, monitor productivity, and allocate resources. Task interdependence is a large component of project management software as it is largely used to coordinate assignments that are related to a sequence of tasks or a larger project. Users use project management software to keep track of multiple projects, track a team’s or individual’s progress, and analyze team productivity. These products can be used in virtually any industry that requires individuals to organize projects, tasks within projects, and goals for weekly, monthly, or annual projects. Users usually have the ability to break projects down into individual tasks, create timelines for project completion, analyze productivity, and communicate with other team members.
Project management software is closely related to task management software, but differs in scale and scope. Project management software allows users to manage a team of individuals, balance projects, and document effectiveness. Task management software simply outlines individual efforts, breaks down components within a project, determines due dates, and allows for self-management.
To qualify for inclusion in the Project Management category, a product must:
- Organize multiple projects
- Allocate assignments within those projects
- Create dates for time and productivity goals
- Allow individuals to manage team duties
- Communicate with team members
- Give comprehensive information and data related to projects
Project Management Software Grid® Overview
The best Project Management Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and scale (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
- Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: Basecamp, Asana, Microsoft Project & Portfolio Management, Smartsheet, Wrike, Podio, Mavenlink, Workfront, LeanKit by Plainview, Teamwork Projects, CoSchedule, and Airtable
- High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the market share and scale of the Leaders. High Performers include: Daylite, BigTime, MindManager, Targetprocess, GreenRope, Taskworld, ActiveCollab, Intervals, actiTIME, Sandglaz, Redbooth, WorkBook, Easy Projects, Function Point, TaskRay, Runrun.it, onepoint Projects, Celoxis, ProjectManager.com, Resource Guru, Meisterplan, RationalPlan, Kanzen, ZenHub, Accelo, Paymo, TeamGantt, Freedcamp, monday.com (formerly dapulse), MeisterTask, Avaza, Flow, Workzone, COMPASS® Quality Management System, Slope, Zenkit, Epicflow, ClickUp, GoodDay Work, Hive, Project Portfolio Office (PPO), and GanttPRO
- Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: CA PPM, MicroFocus PPM, SAP PPM, Oracle Primavera, WorkflowMax, Zoho Projects, and Microsoft Project Server
- Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: Clarizen, Planisware, Planview, Sciforma, Apptivo, Redmine, iMeet® Central, Core, ProofHub, Precursive, EPM Live, FunctionFox, ProWorkflow, Innotas, Project Insight, 10,000ft Plans, Sprintly, LiquidPlanner, inMotion, KeyedIn® Projects, ProjectLibre, Aha!, Waffle, Workamajig Platinum, Projecturf, Ganttic, Hansoft, and BeeWits