4 Free Tools to Become a Great Project Manager
Managing a team-based project can be daunting. Communicating with your team members, sharing files, assigning tasks, tracking deadlines, and monitoring progress is overwhelming to do without the proper tools, but I have learned the value of using the following apps to stay organized and manage team members’ responsibilities.
To keep project tasks and to-dos in sync, try Asana or Trello’s management tools. To centralize communication and natively access Asana or Trello, download Slack’s preeminent chat app. Finally, to provide a macro-level view of a project’s timeline and dependencies, build a Gantt chart using the tutorial provided below. I hope that these tools help you not to work harder, but to work smarter.
Centralizing Communication: Slack
Where Asana reigns over tasks and to-do lists, Slack excels at centralizing communication across projects and teams. All your team’s messages, files, and services (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, Twitter) appear in one place and are easily findable using deep search filters. Slack users can message or call any person within the team, share and edit documents within the app, and easily search a central knowledge base that automatically indexes and archives your team’s past conversations and files.
Tracking Milestones: Gantt Charts