The Best Project Management Tools (Pros and Cons)
Here are a list of the best project management tools and the pros and cons for each one.
We’ve used quite a bit of project management tools over the years and here are our favorites and the pros and cons of each.
- Visually pleasing
- Easy to track progress and show updates by moving cards to different columns
- Customizable headers for each column (can really be used for any project)
- Ability to: assign tasks to people, set deadlines (dates), add tags, insert links
- Hard to hold technical details for more technical tasks
- Less itemized history of progress on a task
- No team analytics
- Flexible toolset, can be customized to fit different workflows
- Lots of depth, task can be pretty detailed if desired
- Has built in analytics and progress tracking
- New kanban view mode allowing for list or kanban workflows.
- Support for sub tasks
- Support for task dependency
- App support across all platforms
- Has scheduled tasks
- Slack integration
- Not the most user friendly. Takes a few steps to navigate through tasks.
- Easy to become visually cluttered
- Adding lots of tasks is time intensive even with copy tools. Feels like unnecessary clicks.
- Kan ban view mode is for premium users
- Easily categorize bugs, stories, and chores
- Show dependencies on other stories
- Stronger tagging and sorting
- Team and project analytics
- Strong history of each story
- Can feel overwhelming visually on projects with high story volume
- Some developers don’t like Pivotal
- Customizable without needing to write code
- Can create your own workflows
- Lots of add ons
- System is tied in with SCRUM and agile so if you use those development systems, works well with it
- Developers are familiar with Jira, can hook up with your continuous integration systems
- Strong reporting tools
- Very expensive
- Difficult to use, hard to setup
- Notification system needs work
- Time consuming to groom tickets and backlog
- Way too many features that are not required, but missing a lot of key features that people have been asking for… see here and here
There are a lot of great project management tools out there. The tool you use depends a lot on the nature of the project.