If you’re a Project Manager, then you know that there is one way to ensure a project’s success: plan, plan and plan some more. Plan your team’s workload and plan your milestones; plan your budget and plan your emergency budget if that budget doesn’t work; plan your communication strategy and plan your road bump response; plan the stages of your critical path strategy; plotting a comprehensive roadmap. Plan, plan, plan!
A successful project is all about having the right plan. But how can you make building and maintaining your project plan as easy as possible? Bring in some support software. Project planning tools like Wrike and Nutcache can help you track task progress, collaborate on ideas, and set common goals. Leaning on tools like this will make your life much easier.
Did you know that 77% of high-performing projects use dedicated software to support their project across its lifecycle? That’s right!
Project planning doesn’t have to feel like you’re drowning in notes, calendars, and messages. Find a project planning tool that does the heavy lifting for you so that you can focus on the important stuff. In this article, I will evaluate some of the best tools for project planning and provide a simple summary of where each item excels.
The 10 Best Project Planning Tools List
Here’s a shortlist of the best online project planning tools:
- Kissflow Project
Key Features For Project Planning Tools
- Gantt chart builder (or see a roundup of Gantt chart tools)
- Team collaboration tools (or see a roundup of collaboration tools)
- Resource planning (or see a round-up of resource management tools)
- Workflow management (or see a round-up of workflow management tools)
- Requirements management (or see a round-up of requirements management tools)
- Analytics & reporting tools (or see a round-up of reporting tools)
- Timeline & schedule builder
- Budget management & planning
- File sharing & file management
- Drag and drop schedule editing
- Work management (task lists, task boards)
Project Planning Comparison Criteria
What am I looking for when we select project planning tools for review? Beyond the key features that I look for, here’s a summary of my evaluation criteria:
- User Interface (UI): Is it clean and attractive?
- Usability: Is it easy to learn and master? Does the company offer good tech support, user support, tutorials, and training? Do they offer apps for Android and iOS, and how well do they work?
- Integrations: Is it easy to connect with other tools? Any pre-built integrations?
- Value for $: How appropriate is the price for the features, capabilities, and use case? Is pricing clear, transparent, and flexible? Do they offer a free plan or free trial?