Project Managers can benefit from every possible tool that provides consistency and time savings. To that end, Will Kelly proposes four Google Apps that might fit the bill for the busy project manager. The cloud based solutions found in the Project Management category of the Google Apps Marketplace has plenty of options to choose from, ranging from team to individual project management. One benefit tied to all of Google apps is that of better visibility (hence better communication) ““ since it’s on the cloud and readily accessed via the internet, project members can access, review, and communicate more readily than other project management tools.
The first app reviewed is Do by Salesforce. This app helps create a single point for managing tasks within a project and enhance collaboration between team members. Future development of the app will also allow for better integration of Google calendar and creating to do lists with Google Tasks.
Another app brought to the table is Gantter Project, which Kelly recommends for particular reasons:
I recommend this application for teams who want to take project management to the web but still want to use a Gantt chart because it is familiar. Teams who need to export their project management data to Microsoft Project format will also like this app. Not to mention, Gantter Project has some useful View options and integration with Google Drive that could be helpful.
The list goes on, including Pivotal Tracker and Podio. Each of these four Google apps bring a different benefit for the project manager, and most of them have some level of being free (with the ability to purchase additional features in most cases). While certainly not a replacement for a robust project management software solution, these four are a good way to get some value with little to no expense.