Best Project Management Software, Tools and Practices for 2022

This article is written for everyone who is interested in project management, but just don’t know where to start. The article dives into what project management actually is and lists tools that will help you manage your projects successfully. If you are just a beginner this article will help you understand, how to start managing projects and if you are a hardcore project manager with several successful projects under your belt, you will find the list and reviews of project management tools most interesting.

*Updated: February 2022*

Project management 101

Project management is a term that gets more and more attention these days averaging more than 350,000 monthly searches on Google. When I started writing this blog, I had to replenish my knowledge about the topic by reading the guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge. If you want to dive deep into project management I recommend reading this yourself, but if you want a simpler overview of project management with software reviews this article will suffice.

All in all, I started with the question every soon-to-be project manager asks him or herself…

What does the phrase project management mean?

“Successful projects are completed on schedule, within budget, and according to previously agreed quality standards.”

This quote is from Bert Esselink and it is the essence of what project management strives for. It may sound extremely simple to you but there are many processes that need to happen if you wish to achieve this result. What is even more important than just successfully finishing a project, is the ability to recreate the success on your future projects.

Project management can be broken down into 6 steps:

  1. Initiating
  2. Planning
  3. Executing
  4. Project Documentation
  5. Monitoring and Controlling
  6. Closing


Before you start planning your project it's smart to have a great foundation to build on – this is the initiation stage. This is the point where your project begins to shape.

First things first, every project needs to have a basic idea and a goal behind it, so you should sit down with your team and pinpoint both the idea and the goal.

Next, you need to set boundaries for the project by setting a time limit and the scope of the project.

After you are done with this the project needs to be sliced into manageable parts.

The project should be broken down into two parts:

- The first part is the breakdown where you specify and hierarchically arrange all the parts of the project with deliverables and outcomes.

- The second part is the work breakdown, where you specify how work will be done, from larger sets of tasks to exact daily tasks. There should always be one person that is responsible and one person that is accountable for a specific task (some tasks should also need consultancy from an expert or the person that is influenced by the completion of the task).

Since you already set the duration of the project and with this the final deadline, you should also predict and set the important points in your project called milestones.

This will provide you with a firm set of direction. Next, you must analyze your business needs and requirements to reach your project goals. If by this point you didn’t do the SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the business) now is the time.

Always have a firm idea on what you want to achieve, how do you plan to get there and what are the possible obstacles that stand on your way of successfully finishing your project.

Phew! Done with the first step, now comes the planning part!


During this phase your aim is to plan time, costs and resources in more detail, so you can estimate how much work is needed to finish the project as a whole. You also find possible risks that may endanger the execution of your project.

As you start the second phase you should find a management methodology that suits you best. There are two main project management methodologies: plan everything in advance from start to finish or plan in waves where you plan little by little.

At this point, you will need to decide if you can plan this project on your own if not this is the time to choose a team that will plan the project with you. Expert opinions are especially helpful in this stage, so choose your team with care.

Next, you take the tasks you identified in the initiation part and specify the activities that are needed for the completion of each task and create a network that connects them in a logical manner (the precondition to start working on a task may be the completion of another task etc.).

At the same time, you should decide who is working on those tasks and determine the duration of each task (again you may want to ask for an expert opinion).

Next, comes the budget and scheduling part. Both are quite self-explanatory, a precise budget for each task should be defined as well as a precise schedule for all tasks.

Now the only thing that stands in your way of the executing stage is a formal approval to the project from the upper management. If you are lucky you are the project manager AND the upper management. In that case, congratulate yourself you’ve done well with the initiation and planning of the project!

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Project Documenting

As said in the beginning successful projects are completed on schedule, within budget, and according to set standards.

If you want to achieve this, you'll need to document every part of your project so you'll know if you are on the right track during the execution of the project. In the end, you'll figure out if you indeed stayed within the boundaries you set at the beginning of your project.

Exact documentation will also help with future project planning and managing. You can always check on your previous project, find the mistakes that were made, learn from them and be more efficient and successful on your next project.

Proper documenting will satisfy anyone interested in how the project was conducted, may that be your upper management or your client.

Probably no one will argue with you about documentation being a pain in the … but this is still the only way to stay on the right track with your project.


The output of this faze is the completed tasks that you planned in the first two phases. The main job of the project manager is the correct allocation of human resources - distribute tasks to your team members and make sure the tasks are executed correctly.

Your team should always stay in the boundaries that were set in the first two phases (plan and budget). The success of the execution phase is highly correlated with initiating and planning, meaning that if you fail to do a good job there the execution will be poor and inefficient.

Monitoring and Controlling

If the documentation part was done correctly and with precision, monitoring your project should go very smoothly.

Project monitoring has three main functions:

  1. Measure the activity of the project to determine where you stand at that certain point.
  2. Monitor the variables and compare them with the plan.
  3. Find potential problems with your project during the project, not at its end.
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The last step you must take to complete the project is its closing. This means that you formally declare that the project has finished and your part as the project manages is done.

Don’t forget to run through your documentation and scan for possible unfinished tasks or any other mistakes.

After you finish your project you should do a post-implementation review where you will learn from your project and apply the knowledge to your next one. Focus on the things that you did correctly and take note of your mistakes so they will not appear in your next project.

What is project management software?

Project management software is meant to make the lives of project managers easier. Its main task of all project management tools is to help you organize a project much quicker and more accurately and execute it with perfection.

Depending on its features a project management tool can help you plan your project, manage project resources and give estimations about time or money consumption by tasks or by project.

Project management software can also help you allocate resources, present you with an efficient communications channel and a space where you can manage and save your documentation.

There are many different types of project management tools. First, you have desktop software, that needs to be installed on your computer, web-based tools that exist in the cloud and need a live internet access and mobile apps that you install on your phone.

Most of the project management tools out there offer a combination of desktop, web and mobile versions. This makes the software more versatile and usable. You can manage a project on the go with the mobile app and make detailed plans on your desktop app for example.

Secondly, you may distinguish project management tools by their usage. You have collaborative systems that are designed for larger teams. Their functionalities closely resemble the stages of project management mentioned above. The most complete solutions include every step from the initiation phase to the project closing.

On the other hand, there are personal project management solutions for lifestyle management or to manage some projects at home. These tools tend to be simpler and are mostly meant for single users.

The most popular functionalities of project management software include project planning and scheduling, team collaboration in real-time, time tracking, some type of reporting, budgeting and billing functionalities.

Why would you need project management?

Now that you know what project management and project management software is, you are probably interested in why would you use and pay for the software?

Project management tools make project management much more organized. You have everything that you need to run a successful project in one place.

The real-time collaboration between team members in a shared space raises the levels of focus and speeds up the work when you have interdependent tasks.

At the same time, the project manager has a birds-eye-view of the whole project and can spot mistakes and rearrange the workload if necessary.

You can share and store documentation all in one place.

A large number of project management tools will offer a cost management and predictions which can be one of the hardest and trickiest parts of project management.

A large part of project management is reporting. This helps you stay on track and it is easy to track the progress of the whole project. Reports should offer you to customize the data in a useful and meaningful way. Reports are often the backbone of every successful project.

The bottom line is that project management tools should make the life of a project manager and his team members easier.

No matter how complicated the software gets, it should always be user-friendly so that the tool does not have the opposite effect and complicates project management any further.

List of tools:

How did we test?

The test aimed to simulate the process of an average buyer with a basic knowledge of project tracking. The tools were chosen by collecting the data of 50+ review sites and blog posts about project management. I found the most mentioned tools, just as a potential user would and reviewed them.

A visit to the website was the first thing I did, before starting to test the tools. I got a fast overview of the tool and its core functionalities from the website.

Then I located the free trial. I had one rule, always pick the trial that did not demand my credit card and had the most functionalities.

When I got the trial, I followed the on-boarding process and got to know the tools in detail. I also had multiple emails so I could check out the team member features and simulate the needs of a real user.

I extensively tested the support of each tool on this list. I always asked the same three questions:

- Can I delete my data at any given time?

- How do you store the data?

- How long do you store the data after an account was deleted?

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  • Support: 7/10
  • Best for: 1 - 50 users
  • $0 - $10.99 - $24.99
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Asana is one of the most popular project management choices out there. It is a cloud solution that offers functionalities focused mostly on tracking and planning projects and focuses less on productivity tracking. If you are looking for a simple and user-friendly project management software you can't go wrong with Asana. Asana is in its core a to-do list with additional features focused on project management and planning supported with team communication, file storage and notifications that make a neat project tracker. It also has mobile apps (both iOS and Android) and over 100 integrations.  


Asana offers two trials Premium and Business and a free-forever option – Basic. I tested the Basic plan which does not have and time limitations, but the Premium and Business trials both have 30-day trials.

Firstly, I created a project and added tasks and teammates. The on-boarding process is done with the help of template tasks that you complete one by one. This helps you to start using Asana as naturally as possible. There are a lot of short videos all around Asana that help you or give you useful tips and tricks about using the software.

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This is your home screen in Asana with its left-sided navigation panel where you can choose your favorite projects, check out your reports or manage your team with a simple click. The main focus in the middle of the screen are the tasks that you need to focus on because of their due date, your favorite projects, and projects that you recently added.

Asana Projects

This is the project screen where you can have an overview of your whole project and tasks division. Under the project name, you can choose the list, board (the one you see on the screenshot), calendar, conversations, and files view. In the Premium and Business trials, you can also try out the timeline, progress and forms view. This allows you to customize your view that can satisfy most project management styles and need. The calendar, timeline and board views are the most useful and the most versatile in our opinion.

Asana Tasks

Similar to the project screen you can manage your tasks in the list, calendar or files view. All tasks can be seen in the center of your screen. You can click on a specific task and add a description, project, tags and other useful information about the task. You can add files to the task and your team members can comment on the task if it is public. Every task can be assigned to specific team members and can have a due date and followers.

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The support form was a tad tricky to find (you need to scroll and click around the help center to find it).

Asana does not have chat support. The response time was just under 2 hours and the answer to the 3 questions about security was:

Can I delete my data at any given time?

"You can delete your tasks, projects or teams from your Organization or Workspace at any time."

How do you store the data? / How long do you store the data after an account was deleted?

"While we can't disclose our internal data retention and deletion practices because they are confidential to our business operations, we will comply with our legal obligations with respect to retaining and/or deleting data uploaded by you to our platform."

I was not completely satisfied with the answers because they were not straight forward. Several additional documents were read and even then, I didn’t get the short and sweet answer that I wanted.  

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  • Support: 8/10
  • Best for: 1 - 10 users
  • $0 - $9.99
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Trello is a simple Kanban based project management tool, where you can create unlimited boards, with lists and cards. The tool is meant for smaller teams but can be upgraded to the enterprise level. This is a flexible solution, but that means that you will need to invest more time to find a way to manage your projects efficiently. Trello is a cloud-based and works on both iOS and Android. All in all, Trello is a great and simple tool for team collaboration and project management.


Trello has three packages, Free, Business Class, and Enterprise. I tested out the Free package because the other two upgraded packages do not have trials. The Free package is free forever.

Firstly, I created the account on Trello. Then I followed a wizard that explains the basic structure of the tool (Board, List, and Card). Trello is extremely simple to use so the best way to learn how to use it is to just click around. Because it's very intuitive and has versatile use cases you will soon find a flow that suits you best.

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This is the screen you will mostly work with. This is the scheme that was suggested by the wizard when I created the new board. I created three lists (Things To Do, Doing, Done) with different cards inside them. You can add unlimited lists and cards and you can simply drag and drop everything on the board. On the right side of the screen, you can see the menu where you can operate the basic functionalities of the board or glance at your activity feed.

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Cards are most commonly used as tasks when managing your projects with Trello. This is where you can add descriptions, checklists, labels, a due date, and file attachments to specific cards. Cards can be assigned to team members, that can also leave a comment on the task. You can choose between a large number of power-ups for Trello (in the free plan you can only have one power-up at a time).

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The Butler feature is a bit more advanced than the rest of Trello. It allows you to automate your project management. You can create rules, buttons and scheduled commands that result in specific actions on your board. This can range from very simple to complicated automation, which makes Trello faster and more efficient. You can set up the automation all on your own, so again there is a lot of versatility to this feature.

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The support form was easy to find on their website. Trello does not have chat support. The response time was just under 1 hour (the business plan guarantees that your questions will be answered in 24 hours) and the answer to the 3 questions about security was:

Can I delete my data at any given time?

"Yes, data can be deleted in the app, but will exist as a backup for another 90 days."

How do you store the data?

"At this point, all of our data is stored on Amazon's AWS Infrastructure in US regions."

How long do you store the data after an account was deleted?

"All data that is deleted in Trello will be deleted in accordance with our terms and service/data retention policy. Data will remain in encrypted Trello database backups until those backups fall out of the 90-day backup preservation window and are then destroyed."

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  • Support: 10/10
  • Best for: 20 - 100+ users
  • $0 - $9.8 - $24.8 - $34.4
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Wrike is one of the most complete project management tools you can find, but it comes at a price – its price! It is the most expensive solution on our list, but Wrike offers Gantt charts, visual reports, real-time collaboration, workload management, financial management, scheduling and much more. You can organize your project from start to finish because the solution covers all of the stages of project management we talked about at the start of this article. Wrike is meant for larger teams and enterprises. If you can afford it will be one of the most valuable tools in your collection. Wrike also offers both iOS and Android apps and integrates with numerous other solutions.


Wrike has 6 packages: Basic, Professional, Business, for Marketers, for Professional Services and Enterprise. You can get a free 14 day trial for each of the packages.

I choose the Marketing package. You don’t need a credit card for this trial but you need to type in your phone number (besides your email and other info).

Wrike is one of the more complex solutions on this list. The onboarding process is well handled but it takes a longer time to get used to Wrike and to truly understand and use all its features. I started this trial by learning from a preexisted template meant for marketing projects. The hierarchy in Wrike goes from Space to Folder to Project to Task. This gives you a micromanage approach to planning and monitoring your projects.

Wrike Project management software

This is the screen you will be seeing a lot if you are using Wrike. You have two navigational bars, one on the left side with different spaces, project, and tasks in a drop-down menu. And on the top of your screen, you have your Inbox, My Work (every ongoing action regarding you), Dashboard (for a birds-eye view of your project). You also have Reports, Calendar and a Stream tab where team communication is gathered.

You can see all the tasks that are in the project in the middle of the screen and you can change the view from list to board, table, Gantt chart or any you see below the name of the project.

On the right side of the screen, you can see an example of a task inside a project, where you can add a variety of information like the status of the task, users assigned to the task, you can add files and sub-tasks, ... Under the description space, you can monitor what is happening to the task by checking the activity log.

Wrike project screen

This gives a great overview of your project. You can see all the tasks and sub-tasks you added in this board. Then you can add widgets to the Dashboard and drag and drop elements from one widget to another. This is an easy way to organize your team and your tasks inside the project. You can change the major thing inside the project here and then manage the tasks in detail in the project view.  

Wrike project report

The reporting in Wrike is one of its biggest advantages in comparison with the competition. You can create 6 different reports (Active tasks, Weekly project status, Overdue tasks, Projects due this month, Unassigned tasks and Time spent this week) or you can create a custom report. This covers the monitoring part of project management completely. Maybe you will need some time to get used to reporting, but if done correctly it can benefit your project greatly.

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The support is top-notch, Wrike has a chat-based support system where I spoke to a real person (not a bot chat) and I got an answer to our three standard questions in a matter of minutes. This is what we found out:

Can I delete my data at any given time?

"Sure, if you want to do so, just follow the standard steps."

How do you store the data?

"Wrike hosts its mission-critical servers in dedicated cages within data centers located in the US and EU."

How long do you store the data after an account was deleted?

"If a user is deleted by mistake, there is a possibility to recover the deletion in 3 business days if you contact us. Some user info can be recovered for up to a month after deletion."

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  • Support: 10/10
  • Best for: 10 - 50 users
  • $0 - $99/month (flat)
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Basecamp is a project management tool that organizes your projects, teams, and company communication. This is a very intuitive solution that you or your team will pick up in a matter of minutes. The structure and the user experience is great. The downside of the simplicity and wide use range of Basecamp is that it lacks some management features (workload and workflow management, detailed reports, scheduling...) of more complicated tools. All in all, this is a brilliant tool that will help you manage your project faster and more efficiently.


Basecamp has two plans, the Free plan (3 projects, 20 users, 1GB storage) and the Business plan. The business plan has no limits regarding users and projects and the $99 price work well for larger teams because this is a flat monthly fee and is less pricy than some of its competition.

For this test, I chose the Business plan trial. I didn't need to enter any credit card info, my email was all that Basecam requested.

The onboarding process was brilliant. A short explanation video appears when you start using Basecamp and when you discover a new feature, Basecamp always explains the gist of it with a helpful (and non-intrusive) bubble in the bottom left corner.

Basecamp Project management software

This is the home screen of Basecamp. It is divided into three segments:
HQ (A place where you gather all the general information, news, guidelines... about your business. Everyone on your business should be in this segment.)
Teams (Every part (marketing, sales, development...) of your business gets its own group here. Ideal for department managing.)
Projects (Each new project also gets its own place here. Just the people working on the project are a part of that group so it does not get too crowded and messy.)

Basecamp group screen

When you click on a group in specific sections (HQ, Teams, Projects) you get to this screen. You can massage the members, create to-do lists, share files, schedule meetings, or casually chat with the team. The structure aims to streamline the work of the whole team but still gives a sense of a friendly office zone. This is the building block of your business in Basecamp.

Basecamp activity report

Every activity done in Basecamp (by you or by your team) is recorded on the Activity board. This is the ideal place for managers to have an overview of their work and to check on different bottlenecks in the company, so the work runs more smoothly and without disturbances.

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Basecamp doesn't have chat support, but they still answered me in minutes. Definitely one of the best support teams out there. The answers were supported by links to their help center (that I did not include here) and were very helpful in general:

Can I delete my data at any given time?

"Yep! Here's how to delete your data from the account:
And any account owner can cancel the account any time to trigger the deletion of all its data."

How do you store the data?

"All data are written to multiple disks instantly, backed up daily, and stored in multiple locations. Files that our customers upload are stored on servers that use modern techniques to remove bottlenecks and points of failure."

How long do you store the data after an account was deleted?

"We'll keep your data for 30 days, before permanently deleting it from our servers."

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  • Support: 8/10
  • Best for: 50 - 100+ users
  • $39 - $79/month/5 users
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Overview is a project management software that is focused on planning and workflows. It is a customizable and robust solution that will be a great fit for medium-sized and large companies. It includes time tracking and has good reporting features. It is more on the pricey side (another reason small companies will want to choose a different tool). has several native integrations and a mobile app.

Test has four pricing plans: Basic, Standard, Pro, and Enterprise. I picked the Pro package (Enterprise does not have a free trial) as the plan with the most functionalities.

No credit card was needed, but monday requested some other info like company size, a position at the company, etc.

The onboarding process not very good. At first, you choose one of the templates, but not much is said about the structure of the app so you get easily confused when you start using it. proejct management software

You will spend most of your time on this main table screen. You have different groups and tasks listed here and then you can add a huge amount of columns (priority, date, progress, timeline,...) to the task. This is a very customizable and robust approach to project management that will suit large and small companies. There are also many different views you can set up for this screen, from kanban and charts to calendar view. task screenshot

When you click on specific tasks you can add details and update the status of the task. Every team member who is in the same group can comment on it and be tagged in the comments. There is also an info box tab where you can store and share files. All the work you did on the task is captured in the activity log tab. dashboard dashboard view is extremely versatile and offers a great overview of your projects. You can fill your dashboard with widgets that suit you best and are most applicable to your project. The dashboard can be shared with your team members of accessed via the link you create and send to your customers.

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Support does not have chat support and has reasonably quick email support (they answered in about 2 hours). The answers they gave were detailed, extensive and on point:

Can I delete my data at any given time?

"You can delete any of your account's users, or the whole account (including your own user), as part of the account's data deletion process. In the event that we have any saved correspondences with you, or historical billing information that we have collected during the service period, such information will be deleted in accordance with our retention policy."

How do you store the data?

" hosts its customers' data on Amazon (AWS) servers, located in Northern Virginia USA. The data is in one region, spread across multiple availability zones and is replicated to another region for disaster recovery purposes. A region contains multiple availability zones, and these contain multiple data centers."

How long do you store the data after an account was deleted?

" acts as a data processor to its customers' data. Your account data and content is totally controlled by you, and kept as long as you pay, in accordance with our Terms of Service. Once you cancel your subscription, you can delete your account and your data will be deleted within 90 days (30 days to allow you to rollback, and another 60 days to delete from all of's Data Bases and backup and Sub-Processors). If you don’t delete your data – we may keep the data available for you for a certain period, but we don’t commit to any specific period and we can delete it at any time."

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Teamwork Projects

  • Support: 9/10
  • Best for: 20 - 75 users
  • $0 - $9 - $15
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Teamwork Projects


Teamwork Projects is a simple and straightforward solution for project managers. Teamwork Projects creates an environment that helps you work on projects with your team and does it better than most of the competition. It's a tool that lets you get your hands dirty and perfect your and your teams workflow. It is meant to be used during the execution phase of the project but may lack some of the functionalities that will allow you to extensively plan and monitor your project. The software also offers a smooth transition from Asana, Basecamp, Wrike or Trello if you decide to switch up your project management software.


Teamwork Projects has three packages you can choose from. The free version offers limited functionalities to a maximum of 5 users. Then you have the Pro and Premium packages that offer more functionalities for a higher price (you can add up to 100 users in Premium).

You can try out the Premium package in a 30-day free trial, that requires no credit card but you must enter your email and your phone number in the form. And this is precisely what I did.

One of the biggest benefits of Teamwork Projects is its simplicity. You have the standard project, task and sub-task hierarchy to work with and that is in most cases enough. The on-boarding process is fast (you have a helpful template project to get you started) and you can learn to use it in less than an hour.

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This is the Home screen of Teamwork Projects. You can navigate through the software easily with the top and left-side navigation. The most useful thing on the Home screen are My Work and Dashboard views. Both offer a simple overview of your tasks and an overview of the whole projects. This is the place where you will plan your project and stay on top of your daily tasks.

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Next, you can see the Everything screen. Despite the unfortunate and a tad confusing title of this screen, it presents the main functionalities of Teamwork Projects. You can micromanage your project here and stay on top of how the work is done. At first, it may seem like a lot of information, but the user-friendly layout helps you to work fast and gather information quickly. You have everything from tasks, milestones, files to communication tabs neatly packed on one screen.

Teamwork Projects reporting screen

Reporting features of Teamwork Projects are in my opinion the part of the software lacks the most. You can generate task-based reports and activity reports but that is mostly it. Of course, you can still export your data and manage it in Excel. If this could be done with Teamwork Projects instead, it would be much more useful for monitoring your project from start to finish. I was also missing some visual representations of your project management that can be useful when presenting your work to upper management for example.

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The support in Teamwork Projects is excellent. Their chat support that answered in seconds gave great answers, but I needed to dig a little deeper when it came to the question about how long the data is stored after the account deletion. The answers I got were:

Can I delete my data at any given time?

"You can delete your data in the site settings of your Teamwork Site."

How do you store the data?

"We use AWS to store Data, depending on where your site is hosted. I can see yours is hosted in the US if it was it would mean it's hosted in the EU"

How long do you store the data after an account was deleted?

"If you just cancel the Teamwork site, it just becomes inaccessible to anyone that tries to gain access. If your site is canceled, we do have a disclaimer that info may be deleted, but normally when you cancel your Teamwork site, it just becomes accessible and you could potentially ask us to open it up after a year and see all the old info on the site. But if you ask us for a hard delete, we have to delete everything."  

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  • Support: 7/10
  • Best for: 20 - 75 users
  • $25 - $450 (on-premise)
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Celoxis allows its users to manage their projects from start to finish. What makes Celoxis stand out in the project management sphere is the fact that you can adjust and customize a large array of its features. It offers project management, file storage, workload management, reports and much more. The software is made primarily for project managers rather than for the team members that work on the specific project. The biggest feature that I missed, was an in-app chat. Celoxis also offers an on-premise option which is extremely rare for a project management software.


Celoxis has two main packages, a cloud, and an on-premise solution. Both packages require a minimum of 5 users. You can get a free 30 day trial for the cloud package. The trial has all the features that the package will have if you decide to buy it.

There is no need for a credit card. You just need an email. They actually have a phone number box in their form, but you can just skip that and you can still get the trial.

All in all, Celoxis is a viable and relatively simple option for any project manager, but the user experience in my case was not the best. At times, I felt lost and confused, I was missing an onboarding system or a wizard. You just learn how to use it by actually using it (not the best practice in my opinion).

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The Manager Dashboard screen is a highly customizable view, where you can drag and drop your data and graphs, so it makes the most sense for your project. You can create multiple dashboards (manager dashboard and weekly status reports are the pre-existing templates). The dashboard in Celoxis does its job nicely - it gives an overview of your project and acts as a starting point for all your planning and managing.

Celoxis project screen

You have all your projects listed in this view. Each project is clickable and this opens the window you see on this screen. There are a large number of views like files, discussions, bugs, workload and many more. This is the view where all of your project data can be seen and where most of the planning will happen. This is where the team and the project manager will have the most interaction in Celoxis.

Celoxis reporting screen

This part of Celoxis will serve you best when you need to show your progress and export some dates. You can customize your reports, but this still needs some work and they are not as intuitive as I would have liked them to be. The great thing is that you have ten report types the moment you start using Celoxis so you can monitor your project in great detail with little effort. The reports range from financial reports to time tracking and project status reports.

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The support in Celoxis is OK but not perfect. They have a chat support which is great, but I was slightly disappointed with the answers and how long it took to get them. The whole conversation lasted about half an hour and that is quite a lot considering that it is a chat support. The answers I got were:

Can I delete my data at any given time?

"Yes, you can delete the data at any given time."

How do you store the data?

"Your data is stored in our Amazon Web Server. For more information please refer to our security page."

How long do you store the data after an account was deleted?

"All the data you created in Celoxis will be preserved for 1-month post-expiration/deletion of a trial account. After 1 month it will be automatically deleted."

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