Project Management

G2 Crowd's Top 20 Project Management Software Solutions

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Finding the right project management software for your projects and business needs can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. G2 Crowd shared their top picks to help take the guesswork out of this daunting task.

Companies frequently experience challenges when managing projects or delivering results, according to a 2017 survey by Project in a Box. These challenges differed when it came to feedback from individual respondents and companies. Here are six aspects both individuals and businesses faced.

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Project management software can greatly assist project managers, teams, stakeholders, and companies in their quest to more effectively plan, streamline processes, manage documentation, reduce costs, address governance issues, and communicate with stakeholders. The difficulty lies in selecting the best project management tools to fit with your specific project and business needs.

G2 Crowd has evaluated various project management software products and determined the top tools by customer satisfaction and scale, and placed them into four categories:

  1. Leaders which are “rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores.”
  2. High Performers that are “highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the market share and scale of the Leaders.”
  3. Contenders that have “significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution.”
  4. Niche solutions which “do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. These may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them.”

To make your selection easier, we’ve provided you with some high-level information about the top 20 project management tools, including the types of companies and the industries they are best suited for, as well as pricing options.

The Leaders

1. Mavenlink is a software platform for the modern services organization. It combines best practices and technology to help services organizations improve operational execution, become more agile as a business, and drive improved financial performance. It is also the only solution to be listed as a Leader in both G2 Crowd’s Best Professional Services Automation and Best Project Management Software grid.

G2 Crowd Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: Professional and creative services organizations of all sizes, including marketing and advertising agencies, information technology and services, consulting firms, engineers and architects, and professional services teams in software companies.

Pricing: The project management software comparison page on Mavenlink provides details on each of the four solutions, as well as offers a free trial.

  • Teams - Solution includes collaboration and task management at $19.99/month for up to 5 users.
  • Professional - Solution includes collaboration, project management, and time tracking at $39.99/month/user.
  • Premier - Solution which includes collaboration, project management, time tracking, financials, and resource planning. Contact Mavenlink for pricing.
  • Enterprise - Solution which includes collaboration, project management, time tracking, financials, and resource planning, advanced services, and business intelligence.

Recent recommendations to others from users on G2 Crowd: “If you are in need of organizational visuals, time management analytics, and project planning metrics - this is the software you need to use!”

 

2. Microsoft Project & Portfolio Management is a project management software provider offering customized work management solutions for individuals, teams, and enterprises.

G2 Crowd Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: Large information and technology, and higher education organizations.

Pricing: MS Project offers three cloud-based and three on-premises solutions. 

Cloud-Based Solutions

  • Project Online Essentials - $7/month/user
  • Project Online Professional - $30/month/user
  • Project Online Premium - $55/month/user

On-Premises

  • Project Standard - $560
  • Project Professional - $940
  • Project Server - Available through Microsoft partners.

Recent recommendations to others from users on G2 Crowd: “Get a consultant to come in and help set this up. If you plan to integrate into other products, this is a must.”

 

3. Asana is a project management solution that helps teams visually navigate project work from start to finish.

G2 Crowd Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: Small to mid-size companies that have a requirement for managing tasks and projects as well as project collaboration.

Pricing: Asana offers three project management solutions.

  • Basic - Free account is available
  • Premium - $9/month/user, billed annually, with a free trial available
  • Enterprise - Contact Asana for pricing

Recent recommendations to others from users on G2 Crowd: “Stop using only e-mail and begin to monitor your tasks in Asana. The service is quite simple to use. You will be able to organize your work at the highest level.”

 

4. Basecamp is a project management and collaboration solution for freelancers and small to mid-size businesses.

G2 Crowd Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: Small businesses, including freelancers, looking for and online collaboration and project management tool.

Pricing: Basecamp offers three pricing options.

  • Basecamp For Us - $29/month/user
  • Basecamp With Clients - $79/month/user
  • Basecamp Big - $3000/year

Recent recommendations from users on G2 Crowd: “If you are looking for a team collaboration platform, this is the one I would choose hands down. It is extremely easy to use, allows entire teams to be part of the conversation and keeps all of your documents and conversations organized and in one place. I love this program.”

 

5. Wrike is a team collaboration and project management solution that helps teams customize tasks and folders and enables teams with workflows to complete their work faster. 

G2 Crowd Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: Small to mid-size marketing companies looking to connect remote and co-located teams.

Pricing: Wrike offers five pricing options, each with a free trial.

  • Free - Account for simple shared tasks
  • Professional - For 5, 10,or 15 users at $9.80/month/user
  • Business - For 5-200 users at $24.80/month/user
  • Marketers - For 5-unlimited users at $34.60/month/user
  • Enterprise - For 5-unlimited users. Contact Wrike for pricing.

Recent recommendations to others from users on G2 Crowd: “If you are a marketing group, Wrike is a big step in the right direction to smoothing out your processes. It integrates with Adobe, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. and makes review processes much easier.”

 

6. Smartsheet is a project management and collaboration solution with a familiar spreadsheet-like interface, coupled with file sharing & workflow.

G2 Crowd Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: Businesses of all sizes that prefer to work with a simple, spreadsheet-like interface.

Pricing: Smartsheet offers four pricing options, each with a free trial.

  • Individual - $14/month/user
  • Team - $15/month/user
  • Business - $25/month/user
  • Enterprise - Contact Smartsheet for pricing.

Recent recommendations to others from users on G2 Crowd: “The product is simple and easy to use. It does have limitations on what it can do and can be irritating when a large number of individuals are contributing the same document. We are comparing this software to Google that updates in real time with multiple users contributing to the same document. This would be a very helpful feature to add to this product.”

 

7. Podio is a social work platform that helps teams and co-workers get work done.

G2 Crowd Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: Freelancers to small businesses in marketing and advertising, information technology, and internet companies.

Pricing: Podio offers four month-to-month and four annually priced plans.

Month-to-Month Plans

  • Free - Account is available
  • Basic - $9/mont/user
  • Plus - $14/month/user
  • Premium - $24/month/user

Annual Plans

  • Free - Account is available
  • Basic - $7.20/month/user
  • Plus - $11.20/month/user
  • Premium - $19.20/month/user

Recent recommendations to others from users on G2 Crowd: “The free version has the most important features to start getting most of the app, after you have tried for a while you can consider the premium features which enable really complex workflows.”

8. Workfront is an enterprise work management solution that helps enterprise teams collaborate and manage work.

G2 Crowd Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: Mid-size to larger enterprises in marketing and advertising.

Pricing: Workfront offers four monthly pricing options, each with a free trial.

  • Workfront Team - Contact Workfront for pricing
  • Workfront Pro - Contact Workfront for pricing
  • Workfront Business - Contact Workfront for pricing
  • Workfront Enterprise - Contact Workfront for pricing

Recent recommendations to others from users on G2 Crowd: “Workfront has provided my department with a way to streamline our request intake, allocate to available resources, and track volume by both functional team and by practice group, which is especially important for our executive leadership to have reports on.”

9. Teamwork Projects is a project management software solution that helps teams work together more productively.

G2 Crowd Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: It can support teams and companies of any size, but it is mostly used by small and mid-sized organizations in the technology industry. 

Pricing: Teamwork Projects offers three pricing plans.

  • Free Forever - Basic plan
  • Pro - $9/month/user, billed annually, for up to 100 users
  • Enterprise - Contact Teamwork Projects for pricing, unlimited users

Recent recommendations to others from users on G2 Crowd: “Teamworks is very flexible and handy for basic and medium Project Management tasks and administration, even covering basic invoicing for postpaid projects or outsourcing engagements. If you're manually carrying your PM duties today, you will definitely like Teamwork Projects.”

 

The High Performers

10. Celoxis enterprise PPM and project management software for managing complex project portfolios & processes.

G2 Crowd rating: 4.3 out of 5

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Best suited for: Small to mid-size information technology, e-learning, internet, and religious institutions.

Pricing: Celoxis offers two pricing options, one monthly and one on-premises.

  • SaaS - $25.00month/user
  • On-Premise - One-time/user at $450

Recent recommendations to others from users on G2 Crowd: “Take your time to first discover capabilities and use the introduction/training by celoxis.”

11. TeamGantt is a project planning and collaboration solution to help teams plan and manage their projects. 

G2 Crowd Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: Small to mid-size information technology, internet, and computer software companies. 

Pricing: TeamGantt offers three pricing plans, each includes a free trial.

  • Free - Plan is available for up to 3 users
  • Standard Team - $39.50/month/user, for every 5 users, billed annually
  • Advanced Team - $62.25/month/user, for every 5 users, billed annually

Recent recommendations to others from users on G2 Crowd: The ability to track the status of the project in real time in an easy-to-use and accessible tool has helped us improve our "direct visibility" in various projects, as well as ensure efficient work of employees and high workload.

12. Freedcamp is a project planning and collaboration solution that helps teams and people with task level communication and file sharing. 

G2 Crowd Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: Small business, freelancers, and individuals who are planning an event or project.

Pricing: Freedcamp offers four pricing plans.

  • Free - Basic plan is available
  • Lite - $5.99/month/user, or $3.99/user/month when billed annually
  • Business - $10.99/month/user, or $8.99/user/month when billed annually
  • Enterprise - Contact Freedcamp for pricing.

Recent recommendations to others from users on G2 Crowd: “I can't speak highly enough of this platform. It has revolutionized the way our nonprofit handles project & program management, from marketing to internal office tasks, to intern management and more. It's easy to learn and use, even for those who may not have an interest or much experience with technology.”

13. monday.com (formerly dapulse) is a project and product management solution that helps teams track their workload.

G2 Crowd Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: Small to mid-size business across industries, specifically those managing projects and work that aren’t focused on software development or may not be tech-savvy.

Pricing: monday.com offers four pricing plans that can be prorated based on the number of users, from 5 up to 200+ users.

  • Basic - $34.00/month/user, based on 5 users
  • Standard - $52.00/month/user, based on 5 users
  • Pro - $79.00/month/user, based on 5 users
  • Enterprise - $157.00/month/user, based on 5 users

Recent recommendations to others from users on G2 Crowd: “With this software, you can easily find everything that your group has ever worked on, including pictures, updates, projects, and purpose. The better way to control any workflow, address any tasks, and manage basically anything.”

14. Workzone is a project management software that helps keep teams on track and informed.

G2 Crowd Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: Small to mid-size companies in the higher education, financial services, and marketing and advertising companies.

Pricing: Workzone has three pricing plans starting at $200/month for teams of five.

  • Team - Contact Workzone for pricing
  • Professional - Contact Workzone for pricing
  • Enterprise - Contact Workzone for pricing

Recent recommendations to others from users on G2 Crowd: “This software has been easy to use for people of all computer skills. If you have to manage multiple projects at various stages, this is the tool for you.”

 

The Contenders

15. WorkflowMax is a project and job management software designed to meet the needs of small-medium size services businesses.

G2 Crowd Rating: 3.1 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: The company was bought by Xero, so it is best suited for small- to mid-sized services businesses those that use Xero.

Pricing: WorkflowMax offers five pricing plans based on the number of users.

Recent recommendations to others from users on G2 Crowd: “If you use Xero for accounting, WFM is a great choice.”

 

Niche Solutions

16. Clarizen is a collaborative work management tool that helps businesses automate workflows. 

G2 Crowd Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: SMB through to enterprise in the computer software, information technology, and marketing teams.

Pricing: Clarizen offers two pricing plans, both with a free trial.

  • Enterprise - $45.00/month/user
  • Unlimited - $60.00month/user

Recent recommendations to others from users on G2 Crowd: “Clarizen has a ton of customization, but there are a number of things that you'd expect to be able to do out-of-the-box that have to be setup via the customization/configuration settings. That being said, don't even bother with the Professional-level licensing, as you only a get a few customizations.”

17. Planview is a portfolio and resource management solution that helps teams integrate the planning and execution of their portfolios.

G2 Crowd Rating: 3.2 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: Mid-size to enterprise companies in the information technology, internet, and logistics and supply chain companies.

Pricing: Contact Planview for pricing

 

18. 10,000ft Plans is a high-level planning tool for teams to allow them to get a big picture view into their business, teams, and projects.

G2 Crowd Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: Small to mid-size creative services organizations, including design and content firms.

Pricing: 10,000ft offers three annual pricing plans and two month-to-month plans.

Annual Plans

  • Basic - $10.00/month/user based on an annual payment
  • Professional - $20.00/month/user based on an annual payment
  • Enterprise - $45.00/month/user based on an annual payment

Month-to-Month PLans

  • Basic - $1.00/month/user based on an annual payment
  • Professional - $2.00/month/user based on an annual payment

Recent recommendations to others from users on G2 Crowd: “Best for smaller teams in my opinion. Be okay with still having to use other systems for expenses, file management and instant messaging.”

19. Zoho Projects is a project management tool that helps teams plan their work and keep track of progress.

G2 Crowd Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: Small to mid-size information technology and marketing and advertising companies.

Pricing: Zoho Projects offers four monthly and four annual pricing plans.

Annual Pricing

  • Standard - $20.00/month/user
  • Express - $40.00/month/user
  • Premium - $85.00/month/user
  • Enterprise - $125.00/month/user

Month-to-Month

  • Free - $25.00/month/user
  • Express - $50.00/month/user
  • Premium - $100.00/month/user
  • Enterprise - $150.00/month/user

Recent recommendations to others from users on G2 Crowd: “If you need to effectively plan your projects, then Zoho Project will help you with it. When you are working with Gantt charts you can see a detailed overview of the progress of your tasks in comparison with your plans.”

20. Aha! is a solution that helps agile product managers set product strategies and prioritize them.

G2 Crowd Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars

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Best suited for: Small to mid-size information technology, computer software, and internet companies that are running an agile project management process.

Pricing: Aha! offers four annual and three monthly pricing plans.

Annual Pricing

  • Start up - Free for early stage companies
  • Premium - $59/month/user
  • Enterprise - $99/month/user
  • Enterprise+ - $149/month/user

Month-to-Month

  • Start up - Free for early stage companies
  • Premium - $74.00/month/user
  • Enterprise - $124.00/month/user

Recent recommendations to others from users on G2 Crowd: It's great for remote teams as it allows easy sharing of information. Works best if you use JIRA for task management.”

Armed with this high-level information about all of these project management and collaboration tools, you are now ready to select the one that fits best for your specific project and business needs.

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