2019 is an exciting year for project management. The source of this renewed momentum is to be found in the cultural changes of companies who increasingly value collaboration between colleagues. It is striking to note, for example, that the “Agile” project management method, originally designed for computing developments, is heavily used by marketing, support and HR teams. You no longer see marketing projects on a large scale and decision-making without knowledge sharing, capitalising on the experiences of each person, planning actions and measuring results via control panels.
This change is boosted by the evolution of software in SaaS mode (accessible via a Web browser) which is revolutionising and facilitating professional uses by removing spatial constraints. Whether you’re in the same room or on different continents, no project action is impossible.
Core business uses are highlighted below with a selection of 5 online project management solutions which can be used in all kinds of companies and all kinds of projects.
Clarizen is a 100% Web-based solution which managed to become a realistic alternative to MS Project (Microsoft Project) immediately after its release in 2006. Clarizen’s power comes in the form of integrating a social network by project, allowing for the easy translation of unstructured information (ideas, comments, remarks) into usable data for the project (addition of milestones, definition of tasks, knowledge base, design brief changes).
On the customer relationship level, Clarizen is really trustworthy, thanks to roadmap sharing with project stakeholders. Clarizen is ideally geared towards computing companies, R&D fields and service companies.
Planzone is the perfect example of a project management solution which extends to collaborative work. Its cared-after, intuitive and ergonomic interface has no issues with delays. The project head the each co-worker can manage, comment on and prioritise current and upcoming tasks on it, and above all, filter them and sort them on the fly. In terms of collaboration, we like the connection with Google Drive, the knowledge sharing, the integration with Google Agenda and discussions between co-workers to better communicate and manage the project.
Planzone is an excellent alternative to Asana or Trallo as well as a solid solution for project piloting. Planzone is aimed at all kinds of companies and contexts.
Sciforma is an exception solution in its ability to integrate specific challenges like risk management but also the most popular project management tools like Agile, Critical Chain, Prince 2 and more. Sciforma is the a structuring and powerful tool on 3 levels: PPM (Project Portfolio Management), resource organising, and time tracking of planning and project progress.
Sciforma is aimed at computing companies, R&D sectors and service companies.
Smartsheet is a simple cloud project management solution which adds the layer of project-based intelligence to spreadsheets like Excel which most professionals already use and master. The organisation and management of tasks in the time and on the various resources is done on the fly and in real time. Project tracking is conducted via an automatic Gantt chart as well as the solution-integrated agenda.
On the collaborative level, Smartsheet integrates perfectly with your documents and your professional agenda. Smartsheet is aimed at small teams like SMEs wishing to take on computing projects or marketing in a productive way.
Fitnet Manager is a Project Management focused ERP. It’s suitable for companies with project management at the core of their organisation then. It’s unusual associate an ERP with project management but it can turn out to be a profitable strategic decision: by including a project management module in the computing system, invoicing happens automatically, the process is simplified and optimised.
The same applies to time management (additional hours) and skills which have as much of an impact on planning and project production as on your internal Human Resources management.
This selection shows that there is a variety of project management tools adapted to traditional collaboration environment and more particular cases.