Free/Low Cost Project Management Software for 2013
September 18, 2013 10:05 AM   Subscribe

I have started a new position where I will be responsible for managing the projects (timelines, delegating work, etc) for a small group +/- 10 at the moment. This is basically the same question as this but two years later. This group has marginally used Asana, but nothing much has been done with it, and I am just checking to make sure there are no other, better options before I start really utilizing it. Thanks in advance!
posted by lil' ears to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Don't use Daptive; it sucks.
posted by goethean at 10:16 AM on September 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

We tested a ton of these things, and for us at least, Asana really is the best.
posted by jbickers at 10:18 AM on September 18, 2013

I use Trello to manage all projects for my development team of 5. Three other departments in the company also use it for their small teams... We all love it.
posted by Jacob G at 11:02 AM on September 18, 2013

There are a lot of questions on AskMeFi about project management apps, including this one yesterday. Although different question askers may have different requirements, some of the answers to past questions might be very useful for you.

And as I mentioned in answering that question yesterday, Stack Exchange has a site devoted to Project Management where you can find a lot of information and ask questions.
posted by Dansaman at 11:41 AM on September 18, 2013

I have used Trello and Basecamp. I preferred Trello. Both are online and free.
posted by AppleTurnover at 12:14 PM on September 18, 2013

Really really happy with Podio right now which was a suggested alternative to Asana on Quora. Quora actually had pretty useful feedback about project management software for small teams when I was searching. ApolloHQ was good too. Trello's interface just didn't work for me. I like Podio because I can have a complicated set-up for some people, and a very very basic set-up for others.

The software itself doesn't matter as much as getting people to actually use it. A shared spreadsheet on Google Drive will work better than an awesome project management site no-one logs on to. Find out if anyone on your team is already using a task manager solution that they love that could be used.

If you have Asana already, put your time into getting useful things onto it - is there a weekly report that is always late because it's tedious to fill out, there's an email back-and-forth over approving a site design - get something like that over onto the software first so people have an actual reason to use it.
posted by viggorlijah at 6:32 PM on September 18, 2013

Thanks so much for all the info. I will look at all the programs mentioned, but definitely appreciate viggorlijah's reminder of the need for it to be used vs. looking pretty :)
posted by lil' ears at 10:03 AM on September 19, 2013

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