project planning tool


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Currently we use Basecamp and a Google docs spreadsheet to plan and mange a project - we draw up a set of tasks with start date and finish date and put on Google spreadsheet. usually something like:

Design briefing 24/02/2015 - 5/03/2015
Prototypes 7/03/2015 - 15/03/2015
Amends 16/03/2015 - 23/03/15
Dev 25/03/2015 - 25/04/2015
System and UAT testing 26/04/2015 - 5/04/2015


What usually happens is that no sooner is the plan drawn up it becomes out of date so we change the dates to reflect the new plan. Getting feedback out of a client within a set time period is only possible of you hold a gun to their head.

Anyway, I'm not really happy with the tools so does anybody have anything better they use for the project plan which has the following features?

  • is easy to set up and amend
  • shows amendment history
  • is available online
  • shows start and finish dates
  • shows who is responsible
  • sends reminders
  • allows notes to be appended

That's all!
I have been doing some work recently with designers to improve the project planning and management systems, with a focus on also tracking time against specific jobs.

This free webinar will be of interest to you.

I have a good knowledge of what systems are out there and what they all offer to creative industries. So if you have a specific needs or questions, regarding how to improve your process I'd be happy to offer advice.

Have a great day