I should note that I've been looking at Pivotal Tracker, Asana and Trello for creating product specs, but other applications look those above look better suited to To Do Lists and general task management.
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After our last two companies were acquired by Aruba Networks and Citrix respectively, we wanted to help product and engineering managers in software companies get their mojo back.
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For a long time, I got to-do lists mixed up with task management.
You might argue that they’re the same thing.
I think there’s an important difference between a to-do list and task management.
A to-do list is binary: you’ve either done the task or you haven’t. It’s perfect for personal tasks that you can do by yourself without any input from anyone else.
You have to fill out a form for your health insurer, put it in an envelope and send it. Done! Tick it off your To-Do list.
When you’re working in a team, however, things get a little more complicated.
You need to get bits of information from various people. You need to get sign-off from a manager, or you need specialized input from an expert.
You’re no longer a lone wolf knocking off items from your to-do list.
Enter the Issue Tracker
And I think that’s why you’d be best served by an issue tracker.
An issue tracker is a specialized to-do list. It brings an extra layer to the table, because it allows a “task” to go through various different stages. You can assign to a person, then assign it to someone else for review.
Instead of having two steps (to-do or done), you have as many steps as your processes need.
It’s focused on accountability and progress.
Now, you’ll come across tons of different forms of issues trackers on the market.
However, they all fundamentally revolve around issue tracking and how you present those issues visually.
Different ways to present tasks are:
For example, Trello is an issue tracker with ONLY a visual view - the trello board.
JIRA is a very complicated issue tracker with a highly technical JQL syntax for searching for issues.
, the issue tracker I work for, falls in between these two.
It has a Trello-style kanban board, but it also has Gantt charts and an issue list.
It’s particularly suited to software development and software support due to its tight git and email integration.
Ultimately, I’ve found the best way to choose a tool is to mock up a project in several different versions and find the one that suits you best.
To use wall for task management is incredible. I'm not joking) Offline methods are one of the best, because you can not archive the same understanding among your team as you can do by discussing it offline. Freelance needs a good pm skills and tools.
One of them is Trello. But among a pool of advantages i found sone disadvantages such as inability to assign task among your team members. Alsohas not a good visibility. It is critical if you work with remote teams and customers.
So one of the best instruments for project managers is. has a great visibility This tool is very simple and intuitive. You can share task with other members and can export files to XLXS. PDF and iCAL.Try GanttPRO if you want to get aquainted with gantt charts.