When looking for good project management software, there are many things to keep in mind. Some of the things involved in determining the best software for your needs are obvious - price for example. When you're new to the world of PM software, it can be easy to get overwhelmed.
Do you need a program that's installed on a server or do you need on-demand software? Is it enough to have one program that handles all aspects of managing your projects, or do you need something that's more dedicated for project planning and then another program for issues tracking? Are open-source programs just as good as proprietary programs?
This seems like a lot of questions. In order to navigate the ocean of software available to project managers and their teams, it might help to first take some of the following things into account. You'll want to ask yourself:
- Am I managing one project or will I be managing multiple projects?
- How tech-savvy are my team members?
- Will I need a tool that allows for collaboration as well as project management?
- Do I need Gantt charts and PERT formulae?
- How many people will be using the software?
- Do I need to track costs as well?
- Do I want to access my project from any computer or is it okay to access it just at work?
- Is the system I have in place already working?
- What's my budget for project management tools?
By answering the above questions, no doubt you will come up with more requirements. It's so important to be honest when answering these questions. If you are not very tech-savvy, and your team members are not tech savvy, you'll want to find a program that has an easily navigated user-interface. Just because a program has received high rating does not mean that it will work for you. Once you've determined what you need, you can then look through our reviews to find out more about the programs that are available.