How can I better manage my work ?

Hey there,

I and my team take up designing and content work of a lot many clients and offer them freelancing services. Initially we did not face much issue, as our team size was small. But now as our clients have grown, so has our team, managing work and collaborating with each other has become really tough. 

I wanted to know easy to use, simple and useful project management tools, that would be of great help to me and my team. If the tool has a free trial, there would be nothing like that. As it would give us enough time to try and finalize on the plan we wish to buy.

Much Thanks

Alice

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Atmika Edward

Alice Dane said:

Hey there,

I and my team take up designing and content work of a lot many clients and offer them freelancing services. Initially we did not face much issue, as our team size was small. But now as our clients have grown, so has our team, managing work and collaborating with each other has become really tough. 

I wanted to know easy to use, simple and useful project management tools, that would be of great help to me and my team. If the tool has a free trial, there would be nothing like that. As it would give us enough time to try and finalize on the plan we wish to buy.

Much Thanks

Alice

Hi Alice, 

In my experience, I haven't been able to find something that truly worked out to track time and manage projects. But, recently I found a great tool from Replicon. It is a cloud-based software that provides project, job costing, time and attendance features in one system.

They also offer other modules including time-off scheduling, custom reporting, iPhone timesheet, time clock integration with quickbooks, etc. They are providing a free trial option so you can test it before making a purchase. So give a try and see whether it fits you. Here's the link for your reference -  http://www.replicon.com/olp/online-time-recording-software.aspx

Thanks!

Suraj Karakulath

I use Trello when I work with my team  - check it out https://trello.com/

It's based on the kanban style of project management. But from what i understand, it's best suited for small teams (although I have seen boards involving huge teams with 30-40 members)

Some examples are : 

https://trello.com/b/2cYFlbQO/exercises 

https://trello.com/b/jJcQr8mH/write-for-smarthistory-at-khan-academy

https://trello.com/b/nC8QJJoZ/trello-development  (THEIR OWN BOARD !)

Jennifer Mark

I would recommend you to have a look onto the task management software from Replicon which we too have been using. Literally the same case was there with our team as well when I was working as a freelancer and used to manage the tasks and work sequentially with lots of errors and hassle. And then with the recommendation of one of my friend we started using the cloud based task management software that well manage the tasks and keeps track of it in a effective fashion. Check out the link to the same - http://www.replicon.com/olp/task-management-software.aspx

John Denner

It sounds like maybe you don't need a full project management solution but a way to share files (such as tracking sheets) in a way that all have access to them and nobody is working on "team" files independently.

If that is the case then cloud storage solutions and/or office apps might help you maintain control over files and make sure everyone is working from the same page.

I'm not fully abreast of what all the PM solutions can do but it's always a bummer when everyone can "see" that you are on step 7 revision B on some gannt chart or other list, but 2 out of the 10 members have step 7 revision A and the error isn't caught until 92 man hours have been wasted.

Just food for thought.

Alice Dane

John Denner said:

It sounds like maybe you don't need a full project management solution but a way to share files (such as tracking sheets) in a way that all have access to them and nobody is working on "team" files independently.

If that is the case then cloud storage solutions and/or office apps might help you maintain control over files and make sure everyone is working from the same page.

I'm not fully abreast of what all the PM solutions can do but it's always a bummer when everyone can "see" that you are on step 7 revision B on some gannt chart or other list, but 2 out of the 10 members have step 7 revision A and the error isn't caught until 92 man hours have been wasted.

Just food for thought.



Hey John,

Thank you for sharing your knowledge. You indeed have got my point right. I am considering some of the tools mentioned here and having a look at other project management tools too, so that I get a fair idea as to what would work in our case.