Managing a project without the aid of software can turn even your most organized, ambitious project team into a chaotic mess. Your group has invested hard work and long hours in the project. Stop depending on basic spreadsheets that could be missing critical steps and risks in your plan. As the project leader, you are responsible for keeping the group on schedule and in harmony while mitigating risks – often, without the budget for sophisticated tools to manage your project. What do you do?
Here are six free software solutions for project managers (especially ideal for smaller organizations) recommended by Capterra:

“6. 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. The features rival those of PM’s current go-to software: BaseCamp.” Offers Gantt charts, layered task options, time tracking and management, and more…

“5. Trello: Trello costs a grand total of zero dollars and no cents. They use 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.” Intuitive and immediately lets users know how far along the project is.

“4. 2-Plan Project Management Software: From the glut of open-source software, 2-Plan stands out. The system has three symbiotic programs—all free:

  • 2-Plan Desktop, a project-management system.
  • 2-Plan Team, a web-based project management tool with multiple hosting options.
  • Work 2-gether, a Scrum-based task management board for one-team projects.

All of these options are free, but you may choose to pay for additional extensions.”

Click here for Capterra’s remaining top three picks plus complete reviews, including the pros and cons for each!

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SOURCE: Capterra