CHAPTER 6Top project management tools during app development Chapter 1 Important points to define the app concept IntroductionPreliminary DesignClearly Define the AppBasic Market ResearchCalculating the Market PotentialReviewing Financial & Technical FeasibilityTechnical Feasibility Chapter 2 How to define the app concept? IntroductionA Functional Flowchart Chapter 3 How to ask for the app development cost? Send Request for ProposalsGathering ProposalsFinding a Provider on a Freelancer Site Chapter 4 How to define the milestones? Milestones Chapter 5 How to manage an app project? IntroductionSharing and Reviewing Designs Chapter 6 Top project management tools during app development IntroductionSAAS project management packages Chapter 7 Conclusion Introduction What was true in the concept phase is also true in the app development phase. The more you document things and track things on “paper” the better your project will go. When it comes to important discussions and key decisions made about the app, its features, and the schedule, you shouldn’t rely on your memory. Project software can generate very useful visual charts of project information including current status, milestones, and activity start / stop dates that would be very time-consuming to create manually There are a lot of options when it comes to managing the project on paper (or screen), like spreadsheets, document files using tables and checklists, or project management software. The main thing is to choose a method you are comfortable with so you will actually use it. Don’t bother buying or downloading free software management if you won’t learn to use it properly. Another management tool option is software as a service (SAAS) cloud project management. With this approach, everything resides on-line (or in the cloud) so everyone has constant access to the very latest minutes, schedules, and milestones and can make updates according to assigned permissions. If you are interested in learning more about project management tools, do an on-line search. You can read descriptions, reviews, and other information and choose the one that best works for you.There are a lot of SAAS project management packages available The cost of project management software ranges from nothing to thousands of dollars. If you are interested in freeware, look for recommendations from reputable sites like PCMag.com or CNET. Currently, cloud project management may be the best option. Some of the more popular cloud project management and collaboration tools include:Trello (http://trello.com): Trello is praised for being easy to use and intuitive, and very helpful to organize tasks and requirements. Some users feel the tool is not powerful enough because of its limited storing capability. But it’s free, so for many, it is the perfect solution. Projectpier (http://projectpier.org): ProjectPier is a Free, Open-Source, self-hosted PHP application for managing tasks, projects, and teams and allows an unlimited number of Projects, Clients, and Users. Completely web-based, it is focused on simple concepts and usability to organize yours into Milestones, Messages, Tasks, and Files. E-mails notify the team of new milestones, tasks, and messages so they can stay in the loop without checking the site. While focused on simplicity, some users feel the software is not as intuitive to use as other available options. Redmine (http://www.redmine.org): An open source, free project management web application created using the Ruby on Rails framework. The advantage to Redmine is the flexibility and to manage multiple projects of different types. This project management tool is somewhat geared to more technical competent users who, for example, are familiar with Ruby on Rails applications. The great thing about project management software is their ability to produce and automatically update visual tools like calendars and PERT charts that make tracking the project much easier once you enter the initial information.