The Four Most Popular Project Management Platforms: Which Is Best for Your Team?

Employing multi platform digital solutions in the workspace has become not just an option but a necessity for any successful company hoping to stay alive and attract the best talent in the today’s tech-driven age. As a result, waves of project management platforms have emerged offering solutions which help enterprises organize work flow and communication between employees. Among the most popular PM apps include Slack, Trello, Basecamp and Asana.

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Slack, recently achieving a $5 billion valuation, may be the most well-known communication tool for enterprises. A conversation platform at the core, Slack offers integration with other productivity tools such as Google Drive, Todoist and Jira. The platform’s channel system helps organize spreadsheets by projects, while allowing for communication between established teams and temporary projects and contractors.

Despite Slack’s many features, for teams focused more on creating and tracking assignments, they may find Trello to be a better fit. The virtual blackboard lets users create and assign projects in a visual manner wherein everyone on the team can see and edit “cards” that others have started. While the platform is great for small-scale projects, larger, ongoing and more complex projects may experience its simplicity and the relative lack of integration with other services as a drawback.

Basecamp, a pioneer in the PM sector, is a better option for larger scale projects and is designed for both company employees and clients. Its simple interface has “threads,” representative of projects, wherein users can click to define details, assigns it to collaborators, create to-do lists, share files, and perform other functions. While Basecamp is still very popular among businesses, the decade-and-a-half-old platform may be too antiquated for teams looking for top of the line design, integration and portability.

More modern Asana, which has the sleek look and feel of a social network, boasts an easy and intuitive functionality. Within each task, users have several options and the ability to integrate with external apps, including productivity platforms, storage services, and even competing platforms such as Trello. That being said, for teams that do not use integration and extension and seek more simplicity, they may look elsewhere for a superior match.