5 Best Project Management Tools

5 Best Project Management Tools

Project management tools have become a necessity in modern times and it no longer matters whether you are working alone or in a team, these tools will still be required one way or the other.

In this article, we shall take a look at some of the top 5 project management tools but first, it is important to note that most of these tools come with a free trial plan so you can try them out before fully investing your money on it.

#1. Basecamp

This project management tool enjoys the confidence of more than 285 000 companies and with thousands more companies subscribing to it each month, this can only show how popular it is. Many users have applauded it for its ease of use, as is evident right from its clear navigation channels when you try to sign up and load a s sample.

Particularly of interest is the Everything button in the navigation that offers a one-page view of everything. If you wish to take a quick glance of your progress and activity such as files currently being worked on and posted messages, there is the Me scree that allows that. Needless to mention, it has a fair pricing, of just about $20 a month for 10 projects and this also comes with unlimited number of users as well as a 3 GB storage capacity.  Here is an overview of how it works.

#2. Asana

Asana is yet another great project management tool. It comes with a main task list where each task contains an arrow next to it. In order to bring up a new screen, you simply need to click any of these arrows.

Getting started is also fairly easy as you can simply choose to make a new project and select a template for it. A template could either contain a bug hunting lists as well as ideas list and a milestone-based list. In case you do not already have a template for your project, there is also the option of starting with a blank sheet.

One great feature of Asana is that it offers a built-in calendar where you can visually monitor the progress of your tasks or those of the other members of your team, The calendar is supported by Outlook or Google syncing capabilities.

Also, it has an interactive platform where you can “like’’ or “follow’’ a specific project so as to stay updated on it. It comes with a free plan supporting 15 users and then prices begin to rise where 50 users cost $300 per month and a team of 100 members cost $800.

#3. Podio

Podio is a collection of apps where project management happens to be one of the major ones. To begin on Podio, you simply select the projects section and then land on your ongoing projects. There is a project bar assigned to each project and upon clicking a bar, you are introduced to a list of members, tasks, dates and, at times, the designated project owner.

The only drawback to Podio is its rigid navigation system which also happens to be quite slow and confusing to learn. All in all, it is free for up to 5 users, after which any additional user is charged $9 per month.

#4. Sandgalz

Sandgalz may not already have a large user base but that’s precisely because it is a new tool. Be that as it may, it is one of the recommended tools for pure task management. It bears resemblance to Outlook, so using its tasks is more or less similar to managing tasks on Outlook.

Users applaud it more for its ability to prioritize tasks as it contains a Not important section where the less crucial tasks can be relegated as you address what matters most. Also, the tasks can be managed in grids with respective deadlines assigned to each task. The last flexibility it offers is that of enabling you to filter your tasks through features such as @mentions and #hashtags. It may not have a free plan but the cost of $5 per team member per month is quite fair.

#5. Trello

For a price of $5 a month per user, this project management tool offers far more than you can ever imagine. This tool is divided into boards, cards and columns – features that allow flexibility in workflow. The cards are of special interest as they allow you to add a due date to your project as well as apply you desired colored labels and attach various files. They also allows you to comment as you try to communicate with your fellow subscribers, as well as add checklists for the subtasks you are working on.

Now, this is what might give it an edge over other project management tools – that Trello offers apps for Windows, iOS and Android, which means it is one of the most ideal tools to use on your tablet or phone.

Machine Learning and How it Will Affect Your Business

Machine Learning and How it Will Affect Your Business

Ever want to make running your business easier? Not qualified to program your computer to meet your ever changing needs? Well there is help out there through machine learning programs.

What is Machine Learning?

Machine learning is where computers act without explicit programming. This technology is being used in the self-driving cars being manufactured today. Computers analyze gathered data and make decisions, predictions and produce the best results. Computers use algorithms to gain this new data and help it make these reliable decisions and produce the best results. In other words the computers learn as they go.

This Is Not New Technology

Machine learning has been around for almost 60 years beginning in 1959. Over the years scientists have been fine tuning the process resulting in the prototype self driving cars and other computer driven machines. This work has also focused on producing artificial intelligence robots which can be programmed to help in the home or office. The AI gathers new data and its operation adjusts its actions to meet the corresponding demands of its owner

Machine Learning & Robots

Machine learning is the basis for artificial intelligence or more commonly known as robots. The robot or AI is programmed to gather data and then learn from it in order to perform its tasks more efficiently and better. This ability makes the robot a greater asset to its owner by making it adaptable to receiving more tasks and being flexible enough to adjust to the new tasks given it.

How Can Machine Learning Help You?

By employing machine learning to your computer, you can receive better information or data to help guide you in the daily operations of your business. Instead of wasting time or spending money on a computer specialist to specifically programming your computer for each new task, your computer can come equipped with machine learning capabilities which allows it to learn as it goes.

With a machine learning computer you save time money and can streamline your work day with the new information the computer gives you.

Future Expectations of Machine Learning

Machine learning is still in its infancy stages as researchers fine tune the programs and filter out any and all possible problems that may arise during operations. Their goal is to have computers work efficiently for you without the difficulties of learning how to program our computer. They want to make your business and home life easier and more enjoyable. There is still a ways to go before robots or AI machines can act like humans.