Productivity Resources -
Collaboration, Project & Time Management Tools
Open Space Technology is a methodology for creative collaboration that takes advantage of the natural way we think. Participants create and manage their own agendas in parallel working sessions around common themes of interest or stratetic importance. This format can be used in conferences, retreats, or regular planning meetings, with a result of bringing out the best of the group's ideas and inspiration. See What is Open Space Technology? for more information.
Mindjet's MindManager is mindmapping software that's perfect for spatial thinkers who feel limited by linear and list-based project management tools. Draft free-form diagrams that reflect your own creative process.
Clarizen is the 2013 TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winning web-based project management service. This wonderful tool has everything a project manager could possibly want, at a very reasonable price. The interface is straightforward, elegant and easy to use with the assistance of their excellent tutorials. There's a free trial, so if you are evaluating collaborative project management tools, this one is a must-see.
Basecamp is an award-winning project collaboration tool that offers multiple account pricing options. It allows you to store, share, discuss, and archive everything that’s essential for your team, including documents, discussions and schedules.
Smartsheet is a simple online collaborative project management tool with reasonable pricing. It works just like an enhanced spreadsheet, and you can import and export spreadsheets with Excel. You can make Gantt charts, and there are some unique crowdsourcing features as well. Smartsheet is available on PC, Mac, Android and iPhone as well as a web-based version.
Microsoft Project is the traditional project management tool Audrey "grew up with" when she was managing software development teams in production mode. Invaluable features include the ability to shift the view between project and task levels with a single click, and the Gantt chart views to track shifting dependencies to fit immovable deadlines.
GanttProject performs many of the most popular project management functions from Microsoft Project, but it is free. Not only can you create Gantt and PERT charts, but you can import MS Project files in order to easily convert to this tool.
Toggl is a popular time tracking and reporting tool that's cloud-based, but also has native apps for desktop, iOS and Android that all sync together. There's a full-featured version that's $5/month with a free trial, but you can get a simpler free plan for teams of up to 5 people. Take a look! You also might enjoy reading this wonderfully instructive review at https://thefreelanceeffect.com/toggl-review/.
Things for Mac is an award-winning easy-to-use task-management app based on the popular Getting Things Done productivity method. It won first place in the 2013 Best Mac Personal Productivity Software Comparisons and Reviews. Although it's a bit pricey, multiple features including integration with a separate iPhone app combine to make this one of the very best applications of its kind and well worth the cost. Check it out!
Teuxdeux.com is a very popular browser-based free app for managing your to-do lists. Many of Audrey's clients love it, and there also is an iPhone version available so you can seamlessly shift from home to on-the-road. Check it out!