Remote Working Tip #4: Best Project Management Tools for Remote Teams
No matter what line of business you’re in, your team is likely involved in a wide array of projects at any given time. Keeping track of all of the pieces and parts involved in each project and keeping people on task can be challenging whether working from home or in the office. Fortunately, there are plenty of great technology platforms available to help you manage your projects.
The following five project management tools are specifically tailored to remote working teams. These five tools can keep you function at a high level, no matter how spread out your team members might be.
This is one of my personal favorites. This project management tool offers the ability to setup tasks, track progress for your team, and setup milestones to keep projects on track. It’s a cloud-based platform, so Zoho Projects is easily accessible from anywhere, as long as your team members are equipped with a solid internet connection.
Depending on the plan you purchase, you can automate tasks which can save tons of time. There is also a great time-tracking feature to provide insight into what your team is working on and how many hours each person is spending on various tasks.
This isn’t technically a project management tool, but it has some great components that work together to help you manage projects and collaborate with your team. I like to use a combo of Planner, Teams and the traditional Office Suite products to create a smooth workflow, then use OneDrive as a repository of in-progress and complete materials.
Planner allows you to lay out projects and assign tasks. And team members receive notifications when a task is coming due. Teams serves as a valuable chat tool where you can create teams and chat both in groups and individually. It’s also an excellent video conferencing solution. OneDrive serves as something similar to Dropbox. You can create a folder system to store all kinds of content. And finally, you can use Word, Excel and PowerPoint just like you would on the desktop version of Office.
Basecamp bills its platform as the “All-In-One Toolkit for Working Remotely.” One thing I really love about this platform is the simple user-interface. One reason for lack of adoption with many software platforms is a poor user-interface. The Basecamp team definitely took the time to put together a great experience and had the user in mind when doing so.
With message boards, to do lists, chats and automated notifications, this platform really covers all the bases (no pun intended). The platform really does have it all. The file-sharing feature is great as well. And if you find something the platform doesn’t have, Basecamp has tons of useful integrations.
Airtable bills itself as a platform where spreadsheet meets database. You can easily collaborate, manage projects, share files and work smoothly as a team. The platform offers both mobile and desktop apps, so you can use this in your home office or on the go.
You can show projects and other content in a variety of views, including calendar view, Kanban, a simple grid or even a gallery. Airtable offers tons of great integrations. Mailchimp, Gmail, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Evernote, just to name a few.
There are lots of great project management tools on the market. We’ve had a lot of success using the four above, but we encourage you to start here and dig around to find the platform that best suits your needs. There’s a good chance your ultimate selection is already listed above!
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