Starting a business is a big step for entrepreneurs, which is why they take a lot of time and effort to in developing a business plan. They rightly focus on coming up with good ideas and research. However, many people fail to consider including operations management tools during the planning stage.
Using project management software and tools are the most practical options for any startup seeking to innovate their operations. It not only helps them manage tasks and projects but also their technology. In fact, Tim Mazzarol and Sophie Reboud (2020) assert that “the key to successful technology management in technology-driven firms is good project management” (p. 275).
These tools have the potential to improve business efficiency, enhance implementation of business decisions, and make operations more flexible and dynamic. This article provides five of the best project management software and tools for startups.
Asana offers an extremely versatile workspace that is not only beginner-friendly but also available for use through mobile application and web browser. Startups can take advantage of what it has to offer once they find a mode that works for them.
Users can create multiple visually appealing projects complete with multiple tasks all in one workspace. They can also create more than one workspace. Projects within workspaces can be made using templates or from scratch, and viewed in list or board styles.
It also allows for collaboration as members can work on documents at the same time. Team members can use it for free, but paid options are available starting from $9.99 per user per month.
Trello is another project management software widely used across the globe. It comes with a mobile application for portability and accessibility. Like other tools, it lets users create and customize cards, monitor them, and attach files onto them.
In a study by Tessa Micnhew (2015) looking at the effectiveness of Trello in the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries Acquisitions & Discovery (A&D) team, the researcher observed the platform’s impact on the team’s activities. Minchew concluded, “A&D adoption fo Trello for project management planning and tracking gas been very successful in general” (p. 170)
The researcher also said that “Trello has allowed [the team] to orchestrate and record many nuances” of the workflow at a “much granular level than ever before” (Minche, 2015, p. 170).
Startups can benefit from using Trello with its free plan, easy-to-navigate interface, and straightforward features.
AYOA is a project management software used by recognizable names such as Harvard University, Disney, and Coca-Cola. Formerly called Droptask, AYOA is known for its short learning curve and versatile features. Users can use Mind Maps, Whiteboards, and Task Management functions for all kinds of applications.
AYOA provides three different views namely the Kanban board, Canvas view, and Gantt chart that could work for different management styles and users. The main goal of this software is to provide an efficient and effective tool for neurodiverse teams.
The software includes features for taking notes, assigning tasks, setting reminders, setting priorities, tracking progress. It is available for free or through a $5-per month subscription.
nTask is a new player in the project management scene. One of its strongest suits is to provide a simple option for startups and eliminate overly complex systems and interfaces. As a result, this tool uses a more straightforward interface with features that cover all important bases.
This tool also provides different view modes including list, grid, and calendar views. Users can add items to their workspaces. It also includes color-coding features, recurring tasks, a project tracker, and activity logs.
It is perfect for startups as it can be used without any cost through the Free Plan. More advanced users can also avail of the Pro plan for $1 per user per month, providing everything Free Plan offers, as well as unlimited projects and Gantt charts.
Wrike is a straightforward project management software that lets users create projects and tasks, assign them, and track their progress. Its strongest point is its comprehensive task management inclusions at the expense of its learning curve.
While it may take some time to learn, this software offers numerous tools in a simple interface. The main goal of Wrike is to help managers create a list of tasks complete with all the information needed by team members. Members can attach files for more efficient communication.
What sets it apart from others is it provides a feed view that can be arranged depending on schedules. Users can use this platform for free or with a plan starting from $9.8 per month.
Technology has revolutionized project management and with this software and tools, managers and team members can work on tasks more efficiently. Exploring these platforms can help managers organize and monitor their team’s work in a more effective manner.
- Mazzarol, T., & Reboud, S. (2020). Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Springer Texts in Business and Economics.
- Tessa Minchew (2015) Who’s on First?: License Team Workflow Tracking With Trello. Serials Review, 41 (3), 165-172. DOI: 10.1080/00987913.2015.1065946