Project Management Tools News Digest from PM Advisor

In this latest roundup of news from the world of project management tools, we highlight news and articles which have caught our eye recently.

New Industry Standard for Mac Mind Mapping & Gantt Charts


MatchWare’s highly-anticipated MindView 5 Business Mac boasts a powerful new feature set that helps project managers and other users maximize productivity, accuracy and quality, while reducing time, cost and risk.


Alternatives to Basecamp


GetApp (which clearly wants to signpost readers to new Applications, provide an interesting assessment of some of the options available when Basecamp isn’t up to the job. We do wonder though do they really understand the basis of Basecamp – collaboration?


Wrike Wants to Bring Project Management and Collaboration to the Masses


This is an interesting interview by Bruce Rogers. Wrike have a super goal: “In the future, whenever anyone needs to get something done in the workplace, the first thing that comes to his or her mind is Wrike.”


Top 5 PM Software Tools on the Market


Stu Roberts bravely selects his top5 from the hundreds of tools available:

  1. Basecamp,
  2. Clarizen,
  3. Mavenlink,
  4. Comindware, and
  5. Wrike.


iScope Pro Releases New Version of Project Task Management Tool


This iPad app make project planning easy. It uses cards which sit on 3 horizontal rails (which represent a level of detail in the work breakdown). Additionally it presents a “dashboard”, albeit with a minimal amount of details at any one time. Delivers a Single-screen Experience for Microsoft-based Collaboration Tools for Project Management

Enterprise mobile collaboration leader now makes managing projects easier by bringing together Office 365, SharePoint, OneDrive, Lync and Yammer into a single screen on desktops or mobile devices.

Pitfalls of PM Software Implementation


The PROJECTinsight blog offers this useful guide to the common pitfalls in implementing PM Tools.

  • Lack of leadership or sponsorship,
  • No communication plan (or a weak one),
  • No incentives to change,
  • Trying to ‘go it alone’, and
  • Implementing software without considering your business process.


Central Desktop Acquired by PGi

Central Desktop
PGi recently announced the acquisition of Central Desktop, Inc., a leading cloud-based team collaboration and project management platform for businesses.


Project Management Apps – Which is Best for Your Team?

Laura Shin was overwhelmed by the choice of PM Tools. She looked at lots including Apptivo, AtTask, Droptask, Huddle, Podio, Smartsheet, Wrike and Zoho, but ended up with a short-list of three:

  1. Asana,
  2. Basecamp, and
  3. Trello.


Smartsheet, the PM Tool Cloaked as a Spreadseet, Adds Visualisation

Juan Carlos Perez reports that Smartsheet, whose namesake online project management app uses a spreadsheet interface, has developed a visualization tool to let its customers graph and map workgroups in their organizations for better planning and supervision.


Kitovu – New Task & Time Management Tool

Kitovu is a client-centric task-management and time tracking system targeted at any client-focused work, such as consulting, freelancing, architecture, IT, engineering.


7 Free Online Collaboration & PM Tools


Rich Hein looks at 7 free tools:

  1. GanttProject
  2. Podio
  3. Asana,
  4. Google Apps,
  5. Yammer,
  6. Trello, and
  7. HipChat.

RationalPlan 4.10 – Project Management Software Now Available as SaaS

There are a number of changes in this latest release including:

  • Added web-based project management module,
  • RationalPlan products are available on App Store on Mac OS X,
  • Added filters in Timesheet view,
  • Added more reports,
  • Improved integration with MS© Project 2013 files,
  • Added Notes column for tasks and projects,
  • Added possibility to display a special color for 100% complete tasks,
  • Better rendering for exported Excel spreadsheets, and
  • Added support for special characters in Windows installer.


Why Are Trello Making an App for Doing Everything?

Trello can be used for everything from wedding planning to sales management. Sarah Kessler asks will an app made for everyone end up pleasing no-one?


PPM Software Market worth $4bn by 2019?

Markets and Markets
Food for thought – explains the slew of start-ups and M&A activity in the space!

If you are excited about a some PM Tool news and you’d like us to cover it here on PM Advisor, drop us a line or comment below.

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