15 Effective Project Management Apps

By Greg Grzesiak Greg Grzesiak has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on January 25, 2024

In the quest for peak project efficiency, we’ve gathered insights from CEOs and Founders on the single project management app that has revolutionized their team’s workflow. From integrating Slack to enhance efficiency to centralizing communication and files with Basecamp, explore the fifteen transformative tools that have propelled their projects to success.

  • Slack: Enhance Efficiency with Integration
  • Switchboard: Centralize Project Resources
  • SaneBox: Prioritize Emails for Project Focus
  • Trello: Simple, Visual Collaboration
  • Asana: Task Dependencies Enhance Efficiency
  • Monday.com: Streamline Healthcare Workflows
  • Twist: Improve Communication with Threads
  • Notion: Flexible Project and Content Management
  • Teamwork: Real-Time Task Updates and Tracking
  • Wrike: Cost-Effective Cross-Team Collaboration
  • TaskFlow Pro: Gamify Productivity with Momentum
  • Shortcut: Simplify Project Management
  • ClickUp: Facilitate Cross-Team Project Tracking
  • Jira: Transform Development with Agile Tools
  • Basecamp: Centralize Communication and Files

Slack: Enhance Efficiency with Integration

Slack has significantly enhanced our project-management efficiency. Through its intuitive interface and real-time communication features, our team has experienced streamlined collaboration and task management. For example, in a recent marketing campaign, Slack’s dedicated channels allowed our team to centralize communication, minimizing the need for lengthy email threads.

With the ability to integrate project-management apps like Trello and Asana directly into Slack, we consolidated our project-related discussions and task updates. This integration not only saved time but also ensured that everyone was on the same page regarding project milestones and deadlines.

In conclusion, our team’s collaboration and productivity have been pivotal in achieving project success.

Dhruv ShahDhruv Shah
SEO Manager, Forge Digital Marketing

Switchboard: Centralize Project Resources

Hi! I’m a longtime marketer who helps early-stage startups figure out how to go to market and build out their teams. The short answer is Switchboard keeps everything in front of you.

The long answer is that while there are a lot of great apps for keeping everyone in the loop, a complex project can also mean constant context-switching (and hunting for briefs, designs, and reference material). Switchboard brings everything together in one place. For every project, you create a new room, which is kind of like a shared desktop where everything is always open. Quickly zoom in on whatever you need, post items that are relevant to others, or initiate a meeting if a coworker is in the room, too. Toggling between tabs, windows, and files is a thing of the past.

Elliott BrownElliott Brown
Marketing Leader, Cache Financials

SaneBox: Prioritize Emails for Project Focus

When it comes to streamlining our team’s tasks and achieving project success, SaneBox has been an invaluable tool in organizing our company’s email and ensuring that we stay on top of our most pressing projects. SaneBox is a powerful email management app that uses intelligent algorithms to automatically filter and prioritize emails based on their importance.

By keeping our inbox clutter-free and highlighting the most important messages, SaneBox allows us to focus on high-priority tasks and projects without getting bogged down by email overload.

Loren HowardLoren Howard
Founder, Prime Plus Mortgages

Trello: Simple, Visual Collaboration

We’ve found that Trello is a great way of collaborating on projects. We use it as a Kanban board across the team and with partners. Because it is simple and visual, it is very easy for new collaborators to get started with little or no support/training.

For example, with a new partner company, we are launching a product to compete with psychometric assessments; we captured all tasks and prioritized them quickly and efficiently with no fuss.

Simon StapletonSimon Stapleton
CEO CTO of Truthsayers Ltd, Truthsayers

Asana: Task Dependencies Enhance Efficiency

We are using Asana to streamline our team’s tasks and achieve project success. One specific example of how it has improved project efficiency is that it allows us to create task dependencies and deadlines, which helps us ensure that each team member knows what tasks need to be completed before they can move on to the next phase of a project. This has helped us stay organized and on track, leading to successful project completion on time.

Tom MolnarTom Molnar
Operation Manager – Web Designer – SEO Expert, Fit Design

Monday.com: Streamline Healthcare Workflows

Monday.com helped us centralize patient-care workflows in our operations. We run a lot of daily operations at our sober living facility. Monday.com helped us become more efficient with our project workflows, mainly in patient management and progress tracking.

What we liked the most is that we can create a customized board of tasks that allowed us to oversee patients’ care—treatment plans, therapy sessions, wellness activities, and the schedule and progress of every component of their care at our facility. Plus, Monday.com is data-secure and compliant with data privacy, especially in handling healthcare-sensitive information.

David BeasleyDavid Beasley
CEO and Founder, Design For Recovery

Twist: Improve Communication with Threads

Over the past few years, we’ve used a tool called Twist from Doist to communicate asynchronously, and the results have been fantastic for helping us communicate better and more in-depth.

There’s a feature called “threads” that allows you to start a conversation on one topic; it has helped to break up the workload and improve direct feedback without it getting lost.

Francesco D'AlessioFrancesco D’Alessio
Productivity App Expert, Tool Finder

Notion: Flexible Project and Content Management

My business runs on Notion, and using my custom databases and dashboards, I’ve been able to ship dozens of digital products, plan and execute launches, and manage my content calendar in far less time than with other project management apps.

What makes Notion so powerful is how flexible and adaptable it is. Within one workspace, I can view and sort data within a database, take notes, build SOPs, outline project timelines, and manage calendars—without having to flip between multiple apps.

I also really appreciate that Notion was designed for neurodivergent brains—with minimal distractions, user-friendly drag-and-drop functionality, and open-ended functionality.

Michelle PontvertMichelle Pontvert
Online Business Strategist & Educator, Michelle Pontvert

Teamwork: Real-Time Task Updates and Tracking

My remote team and I use Teamwork to keep track of our projects and tasks. It helps me break down complex projects into smaller, manageable tasks. It has an integrated time-tracking feature that helps us see where we’re doing well or getting stuck, and which tasks are taking longer than expected. We can monitor each other’s work, exchange files easily, leave feedback, and get email updates so we don’t miss a thing.

For instance, we’re currently prepping to start working with a new client, and we’ve got several tasks to finish in advance. In Teamwork, I can set priority tags and deadlines for tasks so that my team members know what needs to be done ASAP, while other tasks can take a back seat. And anytime someone updates their task, the others tagged in that project get notified.

This real-time back-and-forth makes a huge difference. No delays, no confusion, and everyone is working in sync. Keep in touch if you have any further questions. Kind regards,

Nikola BaldikovNikola Baldikov
Founder, InBound Blogging

Wrike: Cost-Effective Cross-Team Collaboration

After trying out quite a few different project-management solutions, we settled on Wrike. It’s a perfect fit for our small business. We found that although the interface is not as appealing as other, more popular apps, the low cost and the extensive functionalities and tools really set it apart and make it suitable for all departments. This latter point is probably the most effective, as it has increased transparency in our workflows and noticeably improved cross-team collaboration.

Will BakerWill Baker
Director, Skirtings R Us

TaskFlow Pro: Gamify Productivity with Momentum

We’ve found our secret weapon in the TaskFlow Pro app. What distinguishes it is a powerful tool called the Momentum Meter, which replaces run-of-the-mill progress bars and turns task completion into a sort of virtual footrace with time. There are personalized avatars for each team member, and as tasks become complete, their avatars run across the screen. The trick is that the faster we complete tasks, the more points we accumulate, which encourages healthy competition among ourselves as a team. This not only adds fun to our work but also greatly enhances productivity.

The Momentum Meter has become a motivational tool that keeps everyone focused and sticking to the deadlines. Friendly competition has turned mundane tasks into a fun challenge, and the app’s visual depiction of progress in project tracking has made the process more enjoyable and transparent for all involved.

Marty AghajanyanMarty Aghajanyan
Founder & CEO, JBoard

Shortcut: Simplify Project Management

For us, the game-changing project management app is Shortcut. It’s simple, easy to use, and doesn’t require much time to learn how to navigate. It also lacks excessive features. Having many seemingly useful features isn’t always beneficial and often makes programs too complicated for novices to grasp.

As a small team working remotely, we benefit from its user-friendliness because we don’t need to spend much time teaching new colleagues how to use it. Shortcut also integrates with various platforms, such as Slack, making it convenient for tasks that demand active communication. In terms of efficiency, since adopting Shortcut, our development process has become significantly faster, and people can adhere to deadlines more successfully. As a result, our users can enjoy new, useful features in a shorter time frame.

Daria ErinaDaria Erina
Managing Director, Linked Helper

ClickUp: Facilitate Cross-Team Project Tracking

ClickUp has allowed for cross-team collaboration with great success. With the ability to create and tag goals and tasks within cards, teams can more easily keep track of progress. Along with the project management timeline tool, all project members can track progress, and managers can enable everyone to stay on task or adjust timelines.

Jarir MallahJarir Mallah
Human Resources Manager, Ling App

Jira: Transform Development with Agile Tools

Jira’s agile project management tools have transformed my team’s iterative development and sprint planning. These tools greatly reduced our new product’s time-to-market.

Before utilizing Jira, our development process was too disorganized to manage projects efficiently. Miscommunication, misplaced priorities, and lack of progress visibility plagued us. This delayed product releases and frustrated team members.

Everything improved after we integrated Jira’s agile project management tools. We started with a clean backlog of work and user stories for our new product. Jira’s easy-to-use interface helped us prioritize and manage these tasks, ensuring we prioritized the most important features.

Our sprint planning sessions were magical. Jira helped us organize sprints, allocate projects, and set reasonable deadlines. We could see which tasks were in progress, completed, or blocked on the visual boards. Transparency substantially increased collaboration and communication.

Our capacity to react and iterate quickly was a major benefit. Jira let us easily re-prioritize and amend our sprint backlog without confusion or delays if things went wrong or customer requirements changed. Agility changed our game.

Over time, our new product’s time-to-market decreased dramatically. We released high-quality releases faster than ever because of enhanced work management, collaboration, and adaptability. Our consumers loved the faster turnaround, and our team felt accomplished and united.

In conclusion, Jira’s agile project management tools have been amazing for me. They have increased team productivity and collaboration and shortened new product time-to-market. I can’t imagine our development process without Jira.

Chris AllenChris Allen
Founder, Ooodle Life

Basecamp: Centralize Communication and Files

I’m grateful for Basecamp’s centralized communication and file-sharing services, which facilitate our remote team’s collaboration. It’s changed our game, and I must thank you.

Before Basecamp, our team was inundated with emails. We felt like we were continuously sorting through messages to manage our tasks. It was hard to keep everyone informed after important information was lost.

The change came when we installed Basecamp. One hub now facilitates file sharing and communication—a breath of fresh air. Lost attachments and lengthy email threads are gone. Our talks, project updates, and document sharing were centralized.

This change boosted collaboration efficiency. We no longer waste time searching for updates or reading our inboxes. Our project completion times have improved since our team focused on the work. Our remote team’s productivity has increased as tasks are completed faster.

I recommend Basecamp if you’re battling with email overload and want to improve your remote team’s cooperation and project productivity. It changed everything for us, and I’m sure it can for your team.

Adam YoungAdam Young
CEO, Event Tickets Center

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Greg Grzesiak is an Entrepreneur-In-Residence and Columnist at Grit Daily. As CEO of Grzesiak Growth LLC, Greg dedicates his time to helping CEOs influencers and entrepreneurs make the appearances that will grow their following in their reach globally. Over the years he has built strong partnerships with high profile educators and influencers in Youtube and traditional finance space. Greg is a University of Florida graduate with years of experience in marketing and journalism.

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