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What are the most useful project management tools?

Currently working with a development/design shop offshore. I was curious what is the best way to track progress, improve communication and avoid surprises.

I've looked at Basecamp, Trello, PIvotal Tracker, Jira, and Asana. I don't want to use more than 1 of them, if possible. Any recommendations?

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Cecilia Domenighini
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Hey Christopher, it looks like there is a similar discussion. It's called Jira or BaseCamp :)
Jordan Finger
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Jordan Finger Entrepreneur
E-commerce, Digital Marketing, Ad-Tech, Customer Acquisition, Mobile Commerce
I use Asana with a client for all of the creative projects. It is very intuitive and easy to use.
Kate Hiscox
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Kate Hiscox Entrepreneur • Advisor
Boss at Venzee
For development, we use Jira and Slack, however, Jira can get pricey as your team grows and aren't discount friendly - we will almost definitely move in the future.

I would suggest Tracker or Sprint.ly along with Slack. Asana is not great for agile dev projects so it really depends what you need. Our design team use Asana because they don't love Jira - so I think you have to consider two solutions to manage both sides or something that works for them both as design and dev have different needs and UX preferences.
Paul Ruderman
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Paul Ruderman Entrepreneur • Advisor
Founder & CEO, UpdateZen (www.updatezen.com)
Jira and Asana are great tools, and we use them at my current startup, UpdateZen, for certain projects. However, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention my own company... UpdateZen. It's FAR less complex than Asana, Trello. Slack, Jira, and is designed to be the absolute simplest tasking and status updating tool created. We're in beta now, and it's free to use.
Susan Mees
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Susan Mees Entrepreneur
Executive Director, Community Development at Health Union, LLC
Totally agree with Kate - internally our developers prefer Jira but it has limited the number of employees who can actively communicate with developers. Most of our non-developer employees prefer Asana.
Rachel Truair
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Rachel Truair Entrepreneur
Senior Marketing Manager, North America - East | Oracle Marketing Cloud
I'm a huge fan of Asana and use it all of the time. They are continuously improving the product, which I also appreciate. Asana has time tracking, which I would imagine would be useful with your dev team, but it's done through an integration with Harvest. I haven't really used that particular feature.


Christopher Kim
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Christopher Kim Entrepreneur
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Anything with Gantt chart? Wrike or Proofhub for example.
Susan Mees
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Susan Mees Entrepreneur
Executive Director, Community Development at Health Union, LLC
I like Wrike quite a bit but those on our team who were not project management minded did not adopt it very well. We specifically moved from Wrike to Asana because of their complaints that Wrike was taking too much time and didn't add efficiency.
Thomas Vrba
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Thomas Vrba Advisor
Global Program Manager at Novartis
Hello Christopher,
I saw the discussion and I think it is important to be clear what you want to really achieve with the tool. Most tools allow you to align e.g. what you want to plan for your next sprint or release. ASANA is simple to use but also others like JIRA quite well support this. So for communication and to be aligned on scope that is all possible. Still especially in ASANA you need to tweak it a bit to see how to best fit it your needs. JIRA is much more release oriented versus in ASANA you could use either projects or header tasks.
"I was curious what is the best way to track progress, improve communication and avoid surprises."
If you want to track progress that is more challenging. Do you pay per milestone or time and material. Usually developments have a time issue, i.e. delays and none of the tools will really prevent this. ;-) If you want to keep to time and budget I think the best way is to have daily calls with your offshore partner. go through the current scope and ensure everyone is on the same page and knows what to do for the day. To ensure you really have control it would be great if you have in your team onsite a great developer that can review code and ensure you know how good each developer is.
Sorry got a bit longer but hope you find some points helpful
Thomas

Shelley Perry
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Shelley Perry Entrepreneur
CTO | Digital Innovation | Product and Technology
Ask your development shop which one they prefer, ultimately you want them to use it and find value in the updates .... it is probably easier for you to adapt to get what you want out of it ... if they actually update it.
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