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My Review for Free Project Management Tools

For about a year I had used Trello as my team project management tool. It helps my team to maintain our "to do" lists. But after increasing of project numbers, as operation manager, I feel hard to maintain each of team jobs on some projects. Some tasks become untouched. After a meeting, our team realize that what team need is clear detail about "What should I do today?" or "What should my teammates do today?". We need find another project management tool. Trello uses Kanban scheme which is very adaptive. I feel it's not suitable for my team which consist of some people with different level of expertise and work on multiple projects. We need tool which is better for more prescriptive process to maintain our projects.
Other features of project management tool that we need are free, simple, secure, fast, and has mobile support. First, I search on Google for "Best Free Project Management Tool". After that I decided to try four free tools, they are Producteev, Azendoo, Freedcamp, and Asana.
Producteev is nice. It is lightweight, has mobile app support, and easy to use. On free plan, we can add unlimited users and projects. But I don't choose this tool because it doesn't have clear scheme to breakdown jobs on a project.
Freedcamp also serves unlimited users and projects. It has marketplace in its application where user can install additional features for their organization board like calendar, Google drive integration, etc. Its dashboard default view is list of all tasks on our project. Then, we can filter task by assigned to, due date, and priority. Last, it still doesn't have support for mobile app.
Azendoo really looks like Asana. The difference are on its projects scheme and some features on free plan. Azendoo supports unlimited projects and users, many third party application integration, and mobile support. But it misses some important feature for free user. Only paid organization can change privacy of their projects. Beside that, task breakdown scheme is not good enough.

ASANA
Finally, I choose Asana. It has clear view of all task in organization with good task breakdown scheme. We can represent tasks into some models such as road map, ideas, release list, etc.  There's also mobile app for Asana. Despite of its team number limitation (15 users), I don't think that it's matter because our team member for today project is not more than that.

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