Project management

What software do you use for project management for both internal / external customers?

Derek Dukes Business Development, Startups at Amazon Web Services

February 19th, 2013

I've used basecamp (which I sort of hate) and am looking for new alternatives.  I've used flow for task tracking and that works well, but it's not the full featured and a little hard to learn.

Basically, I'm looking to deploy a system for one of my clients that they can use for both internal and external project / asset management and time scheduling. 

Richard Weir Partner, Head of Project Management at Phoekus

February 19th, 2013

I think the right tool it depends on the type of projects you are doing.  For designa and strategy projects where you need to see the versioning of documents and want to track comments/feedback in line, basecamp is still the best.  The new basecamp looks great too.  I dont like basecamp for scheduling, task management, tradition project planning.  

For agile projects, or projects that are very task based, I love Pivotal Tracker or PM Robot.  PM Robot is great because it as a unique set of "client" permission, a feature not present and Basecamp and Pivotal.  I think Pivotal's user experience is the best, far better than Jira and Fogbugz, which I used for years but will never go back to.  Pivotal and PM Robot are great because it easily allows clients to (drag and drop) prioritization of tasks.

I think the best hybrid btwn basecamp and Pivotal/Jira-type tools is Wrike.  Wrike is great for schedule and shows and nice gantt chart.  And is task oriented.  

At the end the day you need people to adopt the tool and use it.  So look for the tool that has the best user experience.  They all share 80% of the same functionality.

Brett Rush Project Manager

February 19th, 2013

I've used Basecamp for years. Our company actually hasn't switched to the new style. Our company created it's own internal system that is automatically synced with every client, every employee and every email that comes through Support or Sales email addresses. It seems like you might need something custom developed?

What is it that you don't like about Basecamp that you find restricting?

Joe Hurd Husband. Father. Operator. Advisor. Investor.

February 19th, 2013

I’ve used Asana in the past and haven’t had a problem with it. Time scheduling is harder - GOOG calendar, but it wreaks havoc with some people’s calendars…

Danny Oh

February 19th, 2013

Used both basecamp and Jira so far and prefer Jira

Celu Ramasamy FX Artist/Developer at DreamWorks Animation

February 19th, 2013

I have been researching for a Project Management Tool for a software development project. Curretly Im looking into Assembla. 

Stas Khirman SVOD Conference CoChair

February 19th, 2013

If you are looking for something simple with 0 learning time - certainly Asana ( like many already mentioned)

If you are looking for more simple but advanced features - check WRIKE - probably best replacement for basecamp

If you are dealing a lot with software development - JIRA

Bob Crowley Investor, Entrepreneur, Athlete

February 19th, 2013

Using Trajectory to coordinate development between 3rd party developer and out in-house.  It is simple, elegant and easy.

Drew Kutcharian CTO at Blue Media Ventures

February 19th, 2013

We've been using JIRA for over 8 years and it hasn't disappointed us yet.

Vijay MD Founder Chefalytics, Co-owner Bite Catering Couture, Independent consultant (ex-McKinsey)

February 19th, 2013

I've gone from basecamp to asana to pivotaltracker.

I like that pivotal is a bit more agile and allows you to speak in terms of objectives (stories) instead of tasks and gives you the ability to measure velocity instead of the gantt chart that keeps blowing up.

I use harvest for tracking time (although this I do at a fairly high level as most people don't care how long each piece takes as long as the major objectives are accomplished and you spent the right total amount of time)

A lot of it depends on how you/ they want to work.  Deadlines vs. tasks vs. agile production vs. GTD will determine which tool will be the best fit.

Alper Cakir

February 19th, 2013

Here is another option: We've been using do.com for our projects for the last 2 years and we're quite happy with it. It is not as comprehensive as Basecamp or Jira but in our case simplicity is the key. Do also lets us invite external users  on a project basis (who are adapting very easily thanks to its simplicity), this has been really useful as we manage multiple projects with multiple teams simultaneously. Do integrates with Google docs and Dropbox pretty seamlessly which has been the main reason we chose the product.