I recently was in the market for project management software for my firm, Space Command. I had been using paper to-do lists for too long. After losing my list for the umpteenth time, I decided I needed a better system. I run a small firm so I didn’t need anything too elaborate. I wanted tasks lists, a calendar and the ability to share files.
A quick Google search for “project management software” yielded well over 253 million results! Some software, such as Basecamp, is well known and highly regarded. Others, like Podio and Asana, are close competitors to Basecamp but have some additional features. There are also more lightweight task managers like Trello and Thoughboxes. Then there’s always good ol’ Microsoft Project which has been chugging along steadily since 1984.
Which project management software is best for you? Well, that depends. Do you need to manage multiple projects with multiple teams or are you just looking for a revved up to-do list? Do you need CRM and financial / accounting tools? Are you more of a visual person or do you prefer text?
I reviewed over thirty five different project and task management applications to find the best options for me. To save you the time and effort, I put together this infographic to help you select the right software for your needs. The criteria listed are based solely on my opinion either using the software or through my own research.
Below is a list of all the applications and their websites. If I missed any, please let me know in the comments and I’ll update the flowchart accordingly.