Top Project Management Tools for 2016

Trying to manage a project without project management software can turn into a Godzilla-like apocalypse quickly.

Teams that juggle multiple projects can’t rely on their memories to keep them all organized. And trying to keep it all together in email is a recipe for disaster. To deliver projects on time and within budget, information needs to be written down, deadlines plotted, and documents shared. Team members need to be in constant communication with one another. That’s the kind of information that quickly outgrows email threads and spreadsheets. When your team needs to get serious about managing projects, the solution is to get project management software.

Project Management Software

Project management apps are online systems for both working and collaborating in real-time on projects. These real-time workspaces let team members and outside partners keep an eye on every detail that brings a project to fruition. They typically provide an overview of all the projects in the pipeline, as well as the nitty-gritty details about the daily work being done to move the projects forward.

Inside these apps, employees work together to break complex projects into component parts, namely milestones, tasks, and subtasks.

I’ve compiled a list of the five best free project management software applications. Let’s start with number five.

5. Zoho Projects


Zoho Projects has a dense list of features and, incredibly, its interface has been compared to the intuitive layout of Facebook. For Waterfall enthusiasts, Zoho Projects has incredible Gantt chart options, allowing users to set complicated tasks and milestones. Zoho Projects also offers time sheets and detailed reporting features (and for those who don’t want to make their own reports, it has 50 pre-made templates to choose from!).

4. SamayLa 

SamayLa offers a centralized platform that supports breaking a task into infinite levels.It notifies you on each update and automated reminders ensure that follow ups are a breeze.


SamayLa Project Management Tool is a task organizer with collaboration capabilities. It helps you break a project into smaller actionable tasks. You can collaborate with others on each of these tasks while defining who sees what at every level and for every message.

FOR INDIVIDUALS – You can plan. It may be vacations, weddings, your next start up or even that daily grocery list.

FOR TEAMS – If you have multiple projects, many vendors or a large team to manage, this is just for you.

3. Bitrix24

Bitrix24 is a project management system entirely free for up to 12 users, with an option to upgrade to more for $99 per month.


Users can choose whether to use Bitrix24 in the cloud or self-host on the company’s own server. The PM features are outstanding: Bitrix24 offers Gantt charts, layered task options, time tracking and management, and even employee workload planning.

2. Trello

Trello uses a method called Kanban, a project management system developed by a former Toyota vice president, Taiichi Ohno, which allows users to move cards—representative of tasks—to create a visual representation of where a project is in development.


Trello offers unlimited users and projects, but only offers 10MB of storage on their free version. Luckily, it’s easy to get Trello Gold–just share and get a new user on board, and you’ll jump up to 250MB for a year. Looking to pay for it? It’s only $5 a month, or $45 for a year.

1. Asana

Based on their 140,000 customers and 400,000 users, Asana is one of the most popular project management apps available—and best of all, for up to 15 users, it’s free. Over 10,000 companies start using Asana every single month.


Asana allows its users to visualize their goals, track their time, assign priority to their tasks, and get updates on the project right in the program. It also has a calendar function to graph the team’s tasks right onto the dashboard.

In addition, over the past year, it’s added an Android app, the ability to convert a task to a project, conversations, and dashboards. It’s been beefing up–last year, its biggest con was that it didn’t have enough features.

Do try and drop your suggestions, without fail!

Until next time 🙂

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One thought on “Top Project Management Tools for 2016

  1. Hey! Great article and I agree with the list. Take a look at TimeCamp 3.0, though. It’s coming out in a few weeks and I believe it may be a huge competition for those enumerated here.


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