Announcing the Top Rated Project Management Software for 2018

Megan Headley
Megan Headley
February 8, 2018
Awards, Productivity

Announcing the Top Rated Project Management Software for 2018

Today, we awarded the 2018 TrustRadius Top Rated badges for Project Management Software. The TrustRadius Top Rated awards are unique in that they are an unbiased reflection of customer sentiment, based solely on user satisfaction scores. They are not influenced by analyst opinion, the vendor’s company size, popularity, site traffic, or status as a TrustRadius customer.

Project Management Software is designed to increase efficiency by allowing users to organize projects and resources and delegate individual tasks, as well as assign deadlines for deliverables. Most Project Management platforms also support collaboration by providing communication and document management features. Different platforms are better suited for different departments, PM methodologies, workplace cultures, technology environments, and scales of work. Reviews from people like you can help you sort out which product will work best for your company’s needs.

Here are the winners:

Overall Top Rated

JIRA Software

Atlassian JIRA is specifically designed to help software development teams manage tasks. In JIRA’s framework, projects are a collection of tasks or issues that get prioritized, assigned, and tracked across team members. Reviewers find the time tracking features and the collaboration features helpful, and say JIRA supports an agile project strategy well.  

“JIRA is a perfect fit for any organization where they have a large “in-flow” of projects, tasks, requests, etc. It helps to visualize who and where the majority of the projects are and how much time is being allotted or can be allotted to a particular task.”

Mitchell Brand | Marketing Operations Specialist | TIBCO Software Inc.


Trello is a web-based task management tool that promotes collaboration with its visual to-do lists. Users can create boards for each project, and then assign and organize tasks via “cards” with tags and due dates. Trello users praise the numerous integrations, the simple navigation, and the low cost of the tool.

“Ultimately, Trello provided us a free PM tool that gave us an extremely flexible platform to create company, department and client-specific boards that gave everyone involved (including clients) better visibility into what our agency is working on in a less confusing format than other PM tools we’ve used in the past.”

Marc Herschberger | Director of Marketing | Revenue River Marketing


Asana is a project management app that allows teams to track all of their different and workflows. Users can organize and assign tasks related to team goals, including meetings, product launches, marketing campaigns, etc. One positive aspect mentioned throughout reviews is the clean interface, which displays the most urgent tasks most prominently so users can see what needs to get done first.

“This service helps to virtually eliminate working with e-mail and work much more efficiently. People in my team know exactly what to do and when to do it. My clients know exactly what is happening with their projects. And I know how to plan my day.”

Oleg Galimov | Project Manager | Web2win Russia


Projectplace is a work management platform from Planview that emphasizes collaboration and flexibility, with features like progress visualizations (Gantt charts, kanban boards, roadmaps, etc.), document management, and workspaces for unstructured projects. Reviewers note the ease with which geographically-dispersed teams can communicate and collaborate, and the convenience of kanban boards for task-level tracking.

“We use the Kanban boards extensively to manage action registers and project level status. Since the IT implementation we have had other departments approach us about the using the tool and we now have three departments making use of our account. Overall it is an excellent fit for our needs.”

John Wyatt | CIO/VP IT | SourceAmerica


MindManager is a web-based virtual whiteboard suited for those who prefer to map out projects visually. It allows users to freely drag and drop items, create charts and trees, and unify all information relevant to a project into one dashboard map easily read by everyone. Reviewers describe MindManager as great for brainstorming and visualizing all aspects of a project or task.

“We use MindManager for gathering thoughts or brain storming. It is particularly good at this and allowing ideas to be shuffled around as needed. […] I have used MindManager to capture and categorize business requirements during the initial phases of projects I was working on. And using the icons, I was able to check when they were validated, and what percentage of work completed.”

Verified User| Team Lead in Information Technology | Higher Education Company with 1,001-5,000 employees


WorkflowMax is a cloud-based project management platform that lets users track leads, proposals, time spent on jobs, milestones, purchase orders, invoices, etc. Reviewers tend to appreciate the time tracking and invoice management features, along with the integration to Xero Accounting Software.

“For my own company it is used to: track time, cost jobs, issue proposals, and invoice clients. It addresses the problem of knowing how much jobs and client ‘cost’ my company. It enables me to breakdown projects into tasks and do proposals and invoices showing that level of detail.”

Mary Moore | Chief Bookkeeper | accounts2u


Wunderlist is a task management solution that allows users to organize and share tasks, set reminders and due dates, and comment on collaborative assignments. It’s typically used by individuals to create to-do lists for work as well as for personal projects. Several Wunderlist reviewers praised its ability to sync across devices and integrate with other apps. They also like Wunderlist’s clean user interface.

“Having the synchronisation between my desktop version and mobile app is also so beneficial as it doesn’t matter where I am I can tick, edit or add tasks. I found this tool easy to use within business as I could share my to-do lists with my supervisor whenever she needed an update.”

Bethany-Ann Hawker | Temporary Software Testing Assistant/Engineer | Decoded Solutions Limited

In addition to overall top rated awards, we also recognize tools that are top rated in a specific market segment. Company size is one way to help buyers identify the right solutions for their use case. To qualify for these lists, at least 15% of the product’s reviews and ratings must come from that market segment.

Top Rated by Enterprises

Top Rated by Mid-Size Businesses

Top Rated by Small Businesses

Congratulations to the winners of the Top Rated Project Management Software Award!

Top Rated Criteria

Products included in the 2018 Top Rated Project Management Software list must have been in the top tier of their category TrustMap on Jan. 26, 2018. To qualify for Project Management Software TrustMap, they need at least 50 reviews and ratings on TrustRadius. Products are then plotted on the map based on end-user data, including users’ likelihood to recommend scores as well as buyer research patterns. To learn more about TrustMaps and Top Rated methodology, check out this page.

About the Author

Megan Headley
Megan Headley
Megan leads Research at TrustRadius, whose mission is to ensure TrustRadius delivers high quality, useful and, above all, trustworthy user feedback to help prospective software buyers make more informed decisions. Before joining TrustRadius, Megan was Director of Sales and Marketing at Stratfor, where she was in charge of growing the company’s B2C revenue stream through email marketing and other channels. She enjoys traveling, reading, and hiking.

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