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10 Management Programs to Streamline Your Workforce

5 minute read

By Lesley Harrison

Project management is an important aspect of any leadership position. Even small teams need to know who is doing which job and how resources are allocated. It wasn’t all that long ago that teams were limited to programs such as Microsoft Project. This is a powerful piece of software but overkill for a smaller organization or a simple project. Today’s browser and mobile apps for project management are more flexible and accessible, working well for teams of all sizes. Read on to learn about some of the best project management applications to help your organization work more efficiently.

Streamline Your Projects with Management Software

The project management industry has expanded significantly in the last few years. There are numerous web apps, mobile apps, and even traditional desktop applications to choose from to help you manage teams of various sizes. Project management software helps team leaders manage human resources, deadlines, and information in a more efficient and systematic way. Today’s software is easier to use, so team members don’t need extensive training to make the most of it.

Top 10 Management Software

Whether you’re looking to manage a small group, a not-for-profit or a large project with international teams, there’s management software out there that can help you get the job done. Read on for a list of some of the best management software, including free solutions and affordably priced premium software for teams of various sizes. Some of these apps include mobile versions or provide integration with other groupware, further increasing the productivity gains they offer.

1. Wrike

Price: Free tier available

Wrike is a browser-based project management app that includes Gantt charts, kanban boards, request forms and reporting tools. This app scales well, offering a free version with most of the features available for small teams and a variety of premium tiers for larger teams. Wrike’s powerful collaboration tools help teams work together in real time. The platform integrates with a variety of other software, including Sage, Mailchimp, Google’s suite and Facebook. It’s easy to use and supports a variety of workflows and project management methodologies.

2. Asana

Price: Free tier available

Asana is a popular web and mobile-based project management platform. The mobile app ensures workers and team leaders have access to everything they need, no matter where they are. Asana’s free tier is suitable for smaller teams and has an impressive array of features, including integration with time-tracking software. The main benefits of the premium tiers are the ability to add guests to projects and generate reports that span multiple projects. The web dashboard is intuitive and includes multiple views for at-a-glance insights into the status of your projects.

3. Smartsheet

Price: From $7 (U.S.) per user

Smartsheet is a premium application that’s popular with large organizations. It doesn’t have pricing in INR, but the Pro tier starts at $7 per user for small organizations, with the per-user fee dropping as team size grows. Smartsheet supports time tracking, group chats, task lists and other collaboration features. The platform offers file hosting, report automation and integration with a variety of platforms, including several SSO options to make user management a simple affair.

4. Jira

Price: Free for up to 10 users

Jira is widely regarded as the industry standard in the world of agile project management. This tool has scrum boards, kanban boards, agile reporting and integration with DevOps tools and code repositories. Jira is particularly popular with software development companies, but any organization can use it. The automation features can save team leaders a lot of time, and Atlassian offers enterprise-grade products for extra security.

5. Zoho Projects

Price: Free for small teams

Zoho Projects is one of many web-based tools offered by Zoho. The tool includes scheduling and communication features along with an issue tracker and reporting app. The platform can be skinned to match other in-house tools. Zoho Projects may appeal to organizations that already use Zoho’s groupware, email or calendar products because of the seamless integration it provides with the rest of the platform. Several large organizations, including Dell and Stanford University, have adopted the Zoho suite of tools for their organizations.

6. Nifty

Price: Free tier available (unlimited users, two projects)

If ease-of-use is your primary priority, Nifty could be the ideal solution. This lightweight but feature-packed project management platform offers chat, workflows, and task management in a clear and simple interface. Nifty has an import feature to help teams that are currently using a different workflow management system transition to their platform. If you’re unhappy with your existing system, this import feature, and the free tier for up to two projects make trying Nifty a relatively friction-free process.

7. Caspio

Price: Free for smaller organizations

Caspio is a flexible business application development platform. It helps citizen developers create productivity-enhancing apps using a low code/no-code framework. These apps can include CRM/sales, project management, communication tools and reporting. Caspio offers a free tier for light usage and premium tiers for organizations that need to work with hundreds of thousands (or millions) of records and create multi-page reports or store lots of files.

8. Knack

Price: From INR 2,957

Knack is aimed at teams that prioritize flexibility. It helps managers transform their existing spreadsheets into web-based databases for CRM or project management. If you’re leading a small team and you simply want to make your existing tools a little easier to use, Knack is an effective solution that requires no coding knowledge. It makes creating and sharing reports a simple process and keeps you in control of your data.

9. Monday

Price: Free for two users

Monday is a visual project management tool that is designed with usability in mind. It offers integration with Google Drive, Dropbox, and other popular groupware applications. The platform has its own built-in collaboration and sharing features and also has email notifications, so there’s no excuse for people missing tasks that they’re tagged in. Monday helps people keep up to date with the developments of the projects they’re involved with via a clear and easy-to-understand dashboard and simple reporting features.

10. Proofhub

Price: From INR 3,413

Proofhub pitches itself as an all-in-one project management platform. Unlike many of the other platforms on this list, it has a fixed pricing structure instead of a per-user charge, making it a potentially affordable option for larger teams. This powerful platform includes data exports and APIs for ease of integration with other tools and software suites, as well as powerful reporting tools. It’s slightly less intuitive than some of the other software in this list, but it could work well for those who require a more customizable application.

Lesley Harrison


Lesley Harrison is a technical writer and open source software enthusiast with a passion for all things "data". In her spare time she coaches youth sports and loves exploring the English countryside.


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