Identifying, planning, collaborating and executing projects are vital to the success of any business, and the success of projects can be greatly influenced by the use of a project management application. So to help you on your way, we have scoured the app stores, read a plethora of project management blogs consulted our panel of tame project managers to come up with the ultimate “Top Five Project Management apps for the Mobile”.
So, whether you are at your desk, on the train or sat at home in your PJ’s, you can access the following project management tools no matter what device you’re on. In no particular order;
1. Mavenlink – http://www.mavenlink.com/
This HTML5 application is available in the Google App store only as a desktop application. However is compatible with iPhones iPads and Android devices and any browser that’s HTML5 ready. The app contains powerful collaboration features including the usual task, time and expenses tracking as well as an activity feed, keeping you up to date with all the latest actions and comments from team members, and the ability to share and collaborate on documents.
Cost – the standard access is free, with 500MB of storage. Professional access starts at $19/user/month with 20GB of data and additional features such as invoicing, time tracking and expense tracking.
HTML5 App (works on Android & iPhone) – m.mavenlink.com
2. BaseCamp – http://basecamp.com/mobile
Basecamp is considered a veteran of Project Management tools, and since 2004 has seen more than 8 million projects managed using the software. Basecamp allows you to create projects, add team members, start discussions, create and assign to do lists, upload documents and set due dates all with calendar integration.
The Basecamp App is only available for iPhone at present, but offers mobile browser integration so Android users aren’t left wanting.
Cost: Pricing is based on the number of projects and storage rather than users. $20 a month gives an unlimited number of users – the apps are free – and access to 10 projects and 3GB of data storage, or opt into the all singing all dancing Unlimited projects and 500GB of data for $3000 a year..
iPhone App – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id599139477
3. Clarizen – http://www.clarizen.com/
Clarizen contains a packed toolbox of project management features combining resource management, task management, issue management, budget management, team collaboration and time tracking all under one roof. With the option to report and export to a selection of other systems including MS Project, Salesforce and Google Docs.
The mobile application is available on Android and iPhone, offering all features included in its’ desktop counterpart.
Cost: There are no freebies here, with 3 tariffs beginning at $24.95/user/month, the only difference between the packages is access to the API and the volume of custom fields and mailboxes available.
iPhone App – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/clarizen/id407229256
Android App – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=clarizen.com
4. Evernote – http://evernote.com/evernote/
The elephant in the room (in a good way), Evernote was originally designed as a note taking app to boost productivity, which subsequently evolved to support a whole host of project management features including; store files, collaborate on notes taken, store webpages and keep Itineraries whilst syncing simultaneously across multiple devices.
Cost: Free to download and access. Premium functionality at $5 per month/user includes added collaboration functionality, greater upload volume and powerful in document search capabilities.
5. Google Drive – https://drive.google.com/
Need to build a presentation, share and work on a flow chart or just brainstorm in a word document? Google drive has you covered and all you need is a Gmail login.
Although Google drive is primarily for document storage, it boasts a host of features ideal for project management. The storage solution allows you to store, share and collaborate on documents in real-time with any web users or create specific teams, use Google’s search functionality to find and sort documents whilst getting updates of user activity on shared documents.
Cost: Free and well worth utilising. As it’s from Google there will no doubt be more innovative features added over time.
Think we’ve missed a Project Management tool that should definitely make the top 5? Why not drop us a line and share your thoughts…
Author Bio: Edward Jones works for provider of official PMP certifications Firebrand Training. Edward writes on a series of Project Management related topics including How to Guides, product reviews and Industry news.