Most companies that assign large projects on a regular basis use some type of project management software for their teams. This type of software makes it easier for everyone to collaborate and communicate, and to keep all the needed files and other information for the project in one spot.
When shopping for new project management software we might notice that there are several options, from expensive programs that cost hundreds of dollars to free apps we can use on a smart phone. Because we have so many options, how can we choose the best software or program for our company? Consider three simple tips to help we decide.
1. Understand the scope of our typical project.
Do we just need something that will keep our team members in touch and that will store information? Free apps usually do nothing more than this; they may work as something of a calendaring program and not offer many other features. For small companies that assign simple projects, this might work, but if our projects involve anything more than simple collaboration, you’ll need something that can also offer we more options. Don’t look at price alone when choosing our software or app, but consider what it can do for we and our team.
2. Consider where team members are located.
If wetypically have projects that involve team members who are located offsite, weneed something more than a small program running on ourcomputer’s intranet. Apps that weuse on oursmart phone or tablet are going to be more useful for those in remote locations as they can travel easily while still staying in touch and collaborating with other team members.
3. Note if it’s user friendly and easy to understand.
A costly project management software package can offer all the features in the world but if we can’t understand it with a quick glance, it’s pointless. Because projects involve a number of team members we need to ensure that they can all use the program or app and understand it easily, or they may neglect its use and in turn, communication and collaboration suffer.
When choosing the best software for our team projects, we want something that works for our company in particular. The most expensive package may not be the most useful and a free app may offer little practical help, so consider these three tips before we invest in our software or program.