This is a guest post written by Ryan Sauer, a writer and editor for Bisk Education in association with University Alliance. He actively writes about project management and leadership in different industries and strives to help professionals succeed in getting their PMP certification online.
Most nonprofits face a challenge many large corporations don’t—a lack of “manpower.” While large corporations or businesses are able to designate specific roles to individual people, it’s common for nonprofits to designate multiple responsibilities to each team member. As a result, adept project management becomes crucial to reach the organization’s goals efficiently and effectively.
There are a number of applications that can help with project-related tasks, including the following (note that they’re all Cloud-based, which means you don’t need to install them, but you do need an internet connection):
Gantter Project – For a simple-to-learn solution that fits into your budget, consider this a clean and simple project management scheduling tool that allows users to share project schedules and invite others to view or edit project schedules together. (Cost: Free)
Communication and Collaboration
Glasscubes – If you need more than basic project scheduling, this app lets you collaborate within created workspaces called Glasscubes, communicate seamlessly, and share documents effortlessly with cloud server support. Other features include built-in conference calling, email and lead tracking, and customized reports. (Cost: Free for basic plan, upgraded monthly plans are available)
gTrax – If you are required to manage and record the time spent on specific projects, this service lets you input time and resources spent on project tasks. gTrax is designed to enhance project management processes by creating an integrated system for time recording and reporting. (Cost: Free up to three users, then a monthly fee per user)
Brainstorming and Mind Mapping
WiseMapping – Optimize and keep track of brainstorming ideas with WiseMapping. This web-based mind mapping tool leverages a combination of Web 2.0 and customization features that can provide seamless visual collaboration among members of your team. (Cost: Free!)
Diagrams and Flowcharts
Gliffy – This web-based app allows users to create diagrams and flowcharts from scratch or templates., and lets them collaborate, share and track changes with anyone. (Cost: Free for a single user, standard and pro plans available).
Wrapping it Up
One of the most important rules of project management is to establish and maintain a high level of communication between team members, including all stakeholders. Tools like these can help improve communication and prevent things like scheduling from becoming more confusing than they need to be.
Simplified communication can bring everything into focus for the entire team and help make your project a success, moving you closer to your organization’s goals.