Best Tools To Manage Your Projects 2020 (Continued): Kanban vs Glip vs MS Teams vs Sococo vs Wrike & More

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We compare the top 10 best tools to manage your projects and award winners in the categories of project and task management, virtual team communication, team and document collaboration, complex (large-scale) project and task management, cross-platform collaboration, collaborative brainstorming, and more.

Since we reviewed more than a dozen companies, we cover companies that didn’t make the top 10 on this page.

Remember that these companies provide unique offerings, so depending on your unique needs, you may find a company here at a price point that’s a great fit for your team.

KanbanGlip | Microsoft Teams | Sococo | Wrike

Kanban Tool Review

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Best For: Task management and collaboration
Ideal Team Size: Small to large businesses

Kanban Tool is a visual project management tool that helps teams become more efficient. Teams can use Kanban cards, colors, tags, due dates and more to organize projects. Team members can collaborate in real-time by sharing tasks, information and comments, all while seeing how a project is progressing. You can spot any problem areas and help your team’s efficiency by using Kanban’s analytics and metrics.

Pros

Cons

  • Big companies like Expedia and Cisco use Kanban Tool
  • Powers over 25,000 small and large businesses
  • Easy to get started
  • Android app isn’t user-friendly
  • Not as nice of an interface as Asana and Trello

Pricing

  • 14-day free trial (no credit card required)
  • Free: 2 boards, 2 users, no file attachments
  • Team: $5/month/user for unlimited boards and file attachments
  • Enterprise: $9/month/user for time tracking and reporting and unlimited boards and file attachments

Glip Review

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Best For: People or small teams who want to eliminate email clutter
Ideal Team Size: More than one person (groups)

Owned by RingCentral, one of our top picks for best online fax companies, Glip offers many of the same features you’d expect from other online task management tools, but nothing that stands out. For that reason, we didn’t see any compelling reason to include them in our top choices.

RingCentral, however, is a reputable company that’s been around since 2003, so you can trust that they put out reliable products. We just wish they had done something to differentiate Glip from the others in this space. We couldn’t find many things to say about it — good or bad. If your goal is to clean up your team members’ inbox clutter and you like to see things in a clean, visual way, Glip might be a good fit for your group.

Pros

Cons

  • Super easy to get started with one-click single sign-up (no credit card or additional info needed)
  • Free for unlimited users and posts/storage
  • Integrates with other online collaboration tools mentioned above including Asana, Google Docs and around a dozen other popular services
  • Calendar view lets you see what’s coming up at a glance
  • Integrated chat system
  • Clean, simple interface and good overall user experience
  • Web-based, so no download needed (but desktop and mobile apps available)
  • Offers many of the same features as the other project management tools and nothing sets it apart from the pack (other than pricing, which is free)
  • No phone or email support (just ticket request form and online FAQ section)
  • No email verification upon signing up and/or notifications
  • Can’t customize profile
  • No 2-factor authentication for security

Pricing

  • Free for unlimited posts, storage and users and 500 minutes of video chat
  • Basic: $5/user/month up to 1,000 minutes per user per month

Microsoft Teams Review

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Best For: Companies who already use Microsoft products and programs
Ideal Team Size: Large companies, corporations and teams

Dubbed the “hub for teamwork in Office 365,” Microsoft Teams is perfect for those who already use Microsoft products and services like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint, etc. The Teams platform puts all of Microsoft’s online collaboration tools under one roof, including chat, conference calling, customized dashboards and more.

Pros

Cons

  • All collaboration tools under one roof
  • Integrates with Adobe, SurveyMonkey, Smartsheet, etc.
  • Enterprise-level security and compliance
  • Customer service
  • Mobile app and connect on multiple devices
  • Active community of help and support
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac
  • Desktop app requires updates
  • Must have/use Microsoft office products

Pricing

Teams is a free service, but you must have Microsoft Office 365 to use. Office 365 has three pricing options:

  • Essentials: $5/month (with annual contract)
  • Business: $8.25/month per user (with annual contract)
  • Business Premium: $12.50/month per user (with annual contract)
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Sococo Review

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Best For: Virtual team communications that need personal interaction
Ideal Team Size: All company sizes

Sococo falls short in technical and privacy capabilities, but it does give your team the ability to be all in the same (virtual) office space together. Think of visual chat paired with virtual reality. Logging into its online workspace is like coming to work in the morning.

Because it has limits on certain features, like spell check, saved conversation history and some technical glitches, it falls behind Slack. It’s also pricey, lacks security features and has a less-than-ideal privacy policy.

Sococo is great for those of you with office withdrawal who need to feel like you’re working with another human in real time and see them in their “office.” It creates a virtual workspace for teams to connect as if they were in an actual brick and mortar building.

Each team member gets their own “office,” which even has a door you can shut to have privacy. It’s a great way for teams to bond, have a spur of the moment meeting (or virtual happy hour) and see who’s “in the office” (or online and available).

Pros

Cons

  • Fun virtual office environment
  • Hold meetings and individual discussions in private offices or conference rooms
  • Real-time, instant audio or video conferencing
  • Chat capabilities
  • Dial into phone lines for conference calls
  • Screen sharing capabilities
  • iPhone and Android app
  • Available as software download or through browser (Chrome only)
  • No file sharing or spell check in chat windows
  • Video conference software is spotty
  • Not available in Firefox
  • No project management tools
  • High resource footprint because of its complex graphical interface (e.g., memory hog)
  • Compromising privacy policy (e.g., not enough restrictions on what happens to or what they can do with your data)

Pricing

  • Office Suite: $13.49/user/month for 2-49 seats
  • Office Floor: $12.59/user/month for 50-99 seats
  • Office Building: $11.69/user/month for 100-249 seats
  • Entire Campus: Contact for pricing for 250+ seats
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Wrike Review

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Best For: Long-term projects that have dependents and sub-tasks
Ideal Team Size: Mid to large-sized companies

Founded in 2007, Wrike boasts more than 8,000 paid users since its inception. It has a tutorial that walks you through how to use the tool upon logging in for the first time and requires no credit card to sign up. You can add multiple tasks and projects without having to assign a person or due date. Once things start to pile up, you can view the big picture via a timeline. You can also view tasks and projects by the due date or last modification.

The paid versions include more bells and whistles, like time tracking and branded workspace. There’s a bit of a learning curve, but it’s pretty straightforward once you get adjusted to everything. There are even keyboard shortcuts if you want to get more advanced. We don’t like that you must have Flash installed to use the tool, but other than that, it’s a great product and perfect for fans of Gantt charts.

Pros

Cons

  • Desktop notifications
  • Great customer service reputation
  • Updating constantly
  • Steep learning curve
  • Clunky system
  • Could use help with functionality
  • Expensive
  • Less intuitive interface

Pricing

Pricing is on an annual basis, and there’s a free trial available as well as a free plan.

  • Free: 5 users and a few features
  • Professional: starting at $9.80/user/month for 5, 10 or 15 users
  • Business: starting at $24.80/user/month for 5 to 200 users
  • Marketers: contact for pricing
  • Enterprise: contact for pricing

Wrike also has add-on features to enhance the plan you choose.

  • Proofing & Approval: $9.80/user/month
  • Two-Way Sync with GitHub & JIRA: free
  • Optimization: contact Wrike for pricing

Did You Find What You’re Looking For?

Dont’ forget to check our main comparison for our top 10 and category winners. If we’re missing a company you’re interested in, or didn’t answer a question you have, let us know in the comments.

Once you’ve got your project management software up and running, consider a time tracking solution to keep your employees on track and make sure your dollars are being invested wisely.

Finally, if you’re using a productivity tool to communicate with team members, consider augmenting with dictation software so you can talk, not type. You’ll be amazed at the improved speed and efficiency with which you and your team get things done (not to mention your hands, arms and shoulders will thank you!).

Which productivity tool are you leaning towards?

About The Author:

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts from Simpson College with a major in multimedia journalism and a minor in marketing. She has been writing about business solutions since 2014, covering subjects such as tax software, email marketing, office equipment and more.

In 2015, she started her own business and continues to learn how to run it more efficiently thanks to her work on We Rock Your Web. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing and personally testing products and services. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs.

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Karina
I agree that project management software has become the key when you want to run a successful and efficient company, especially if your employees work remotely. I can’t imagine my work without using such programs anymore, I’d get lost immediately. My personal favorite software of this kind is Kanban Tool – it’s cheap, easy to use and very powerful. It provides analytics features, time tracker and other advanced tools, but the general layout is wonderfully simple – there’s no chance one could not understand how the thing works. I must admit I haven’t really tried the software you recommend in your article, but I have tried some other ones and so far Kanban Tool definitely wins.
Eugene
In our agency we use Deskun, it’s integrated with Gmail and works good for small company like ours.