These days, companies and teams are forced to collaborate and work together remotely. So many businesses have employees working in distributed groups, people working from home and the client from all over the world. All these make it essential for businesses to collaborate, not only with team members but also with clients, stakeholder and vendors.
This is where collaborative project management tools come in. They help businesses to manage projects better, making it easier and faster to get client feedback and approval in a professional manner while keeping everyone on the same page.
Here are 4 tools worth looking into that will help you take your project management to the next level. Better yet, almost all these tools offer a free trial, allowing you to try them before making a purchase decision.
Over 7 million users trust Yammer as their social network for business. It is owned by Microsoft and can be integrated with SharePoint. Yammer provides a platform for businesses to communicate and collaborate with teams and colleagues privately. This collaborative project management tool is built around open communication, allowing teams to speed, make better decisions and have greater context about what they are doing.
Employees need to sign in to Yammer using a company email address They can access it from anywhere, anytime and on any device to chat openly or privately and collaborate on files. Since the interface and functionalities of Yammer is similar to Facebook, employees usually find it easier to use. In fact, you can even like someone’s status on this social network for business. Other functionalities include search and discover relevant groups, conversations, people and files from across the company.
Yammer offers a free trial and 3 other premium packages to choose from.
Nutcache is one of the best ‘all-encompassing’ collaborative project management tools available in the market at present. It is not only business oriented, but also flexible beyond your wildest dream. Imagine a project management tool that allows you to manage your projects by team members, resources, location, or project phase as well as allows you to follow your preferred project management methodology – be it Scrum, Agile, Kanban or anything else. Yes, that’s Nutcache for you. Besides, this project management tool makes it extremely easy to manage backlog and activities.
In a nut shell, Nutcache allows you to bring your team together, communicate and collaborate freely, organize your tasks with cards and lists, log and track time right from your project board, and deliver better results and generate invoices based on worked hours and expenses. In addition, this tool offers more than 30 comprehensive and flexible reports to help you analyze your business activity in real-time.
This collaborative project management tool offers two paid packages and a free version for up to 2 members. In addition, it offers a 30-day Enterprise free trial.
Dropbox is a very popular collaboration tool that allows users to access files, documents and everything else from anywhere and at any time. In fact, you can sync your Dropbox with any device, including desktops, laptops and mobile platforms. There is more! This tool also offers native apps for Windows, Ubuntu, Mac, iOS, Android and Blackberry. And of course, you can access Dropbox the good-old way – on the Web.
With Dropbox, you can create “Shared Folders” to work together with your team member. The shared folders appear in each of your team member’s computer and whenever you upload a file in those folders, your team members can remotely access them. You can even edit presentations and documents with teammates without emailing to send files back and forth.
This is a must-have tool for everyone. Dropbox offers two premium packages and its basic package is free, although limited to 2 GB of space. Dropbox for Business is also available for 30 days free trail.
Twproject is a great collaborative project management tool for teams that focus on to-do lists. This tool comes with myriad features to help managers organize and assign workload among different team members. Other features include real time project updates, tracking progress, deadlines, work logs and costs, and issue tracking. Your documents at one-click distance with Twproject, it also supports file locking, versioning, classification and authoring.
With Twproject you can choose between a Kanban chart and Gantt chart, based on your preferences and adapt your dashboard accordingly. Access this tool from anywhere; the mobile interface makes it easy to access your data on any mobile device without requiring any app.
There are four paid packages available and their pricing is in euros.
One big challenge most companies face when it comes to selecting the right project management tool is how to determine the right tool. This totally depends on your existing workflow. The best approach is not to introduce anything too radical, which confuses your employees. Remember, you are incorporating a project management tool to make your team’s work easier and improve their productivity; anything too complex to understand won’t help you there. Also, go for something that offers ultimate flexibility, is easy to use and intuitive, apart from being reasonably priced.
Dipti Parmar, a digital marketing wiz is associated with E2M. She’s been journeying through the world of digital marketing for 6 years and is a blogger and networker. She’s also a movie buff and loves taking long walks by the seashore.