This is what it feels like to manage projects without a plan. It’s overwhelming, stressful, and messy—and it will wear you out.
This is what it feels like to have a well-thought-out plan your entire team can easily collaborate on. Ahhh...isn’t that better?
As a project leader, you’ve got a lot riding on your shoulders—and everyone looks to you for the answers.
There’s work to accomplish, deadlines to hit, people to please, and emotions to handle—all while keeping goals, roles, direction, priorities, and timing straight.
One missed step or expectation can turn your project into a confused mess.
So how do you overcome this? How do you align your team? Build confidence in yourself, bosses, clients, and team members?
How can everyone feel like they have a real shot at achieving the goal and finishing it on time?
Imagine having peace of mind about your project from the moment it kicks off. It’s totally possible when you start every project with a well-crafted plan.
You work hard to lead people and projects well, and your bosses, teams, and clients put a lot of trust in you.
You should feel confident everything’s under control.
But skipping the plan is an open invitation for doubt and confusion to set in.
Instead of breezing toward the finish line with a sure sense of calm, everyone runs circles around each other trying to make sense of where things are and what comes next.
And time and money get wasted along the way.
If so, you’re not alone.
Nearly everyone leading a project has struggled to keep chaos at bay at some point. But maybe you just never realized how powerful a plan can be.
Or maybe you tried planning in the past, and things didn’t go well.
The truth is: Lots of things can get in the way of a successful project plan. Here are a few reasons your attempts to plan may have failed in the past:
Thankfully, success is as easy as building a plan that serves your people and project best.
Let’s be clear: When we talk about a plan, we don’t mean a to-do list or backlog of tasks—and not the spreadsheet only you can update either.
A good plan does a lot more than tally up tasks and divvy out assignments.
So how do you know you’ve got the right kind of plan?
Good news! Your organization can go Agile and still have a plan. A good plan should be flexible enough to work with your process without sidelining the big picture.
This is where emotions and morale come into play—and your project success hinges on it. People can’t feel overlooked or overworked. If your team is totally over a project, it will absolutely show in their work.
Everyone—yes, everyone—needs to know exactly what’s expected of them when it comes to project tasks, goals, and deadlines.
Every project needs a plan—but that plan doesn’t have to be set in stone. Change happens, and a good plan should easily adapt to the project’s needs.
People can’t understand the importance of their work if they don’t know how it fits into the project’s big picture. A good plan makes it easy for your team and stakeholders to see the cascading effect that happens if they slip up on a task. This simple visualization motivates everyone to stay on task and on schedule.
The premium trial bundle gives you everything you need to transform how you and your team operate. Get access to premium features—plus free 1:1 coaching—to help you plan and manage projects like a pro.
We got our start in 2009 after searching far and wide for a simple gantt chart tool that was easy to update and share. Believe it or not, we couldn’t find anything close!
Back then, we were creating software for a commercial roofing company and needed a way to plan our work. We had to print gantt charts out and pin them to the wall. If something changed, we used a marker to update the plan or printed out a new version. It was a mess! Nobody could access the latest version unless they walked over to my desk.
So we decided to create something to solve the problem. We started out in Nathan’s basement and spent 4 hours every Saturday morning building TeamGantt. When thousands of people signed up to try out the beta, we knew we were onto something.
TeamGantt officially launched in 2010. Since then, over 1 million people have used TeamGantt to work smarter.
The past 10 years have been a ton of fun, and we’ve met so many awesome people! TeamGantt has been used to:
Seeing this versatility of use supports our belief that every project needs a plan.
Today, we’re a team of 20 working remotely across the United States to create the best project management software in the world.
You’re not alone if you enjoy tackling a large project and leading a team through it but have felt the struggles of not having sure control of the plan or process.
We want to give you the tools and knowledge you need to lead projects well, advance your career, and be as successful as you can in business.
At TeamGantt, we see education as an investment in the people who invest in us—our customers. That’s why we offer plenty of free webinars, guides, templates, and videos to help you learn and grow.
It’s also why we hired project management veteran Brett Harned as our Director of Education. With over 20 years of PM experience, Brett has authored a book, built the largest digital PM conference in existence, facilitated hundreds of workshops, and much more. He’s truly at the center of the PM community.
If you try the premium trial bundle, we’ll throw in a free 1-hour coaching session with Brett. Use that time to pick his brain on project management, leadership, team motivation, or whatever your challenge might be. Here’s here to help you too.
TeamGantt has integrations for Trello, Basecamp 2, Slack, Dropbox, and Zapier and more are on the way!
You can export your projects as CSV or PDF.
Of course. You can cancel at any time and get a full refund if you cancel within 30 days.
You can easily view your projects as a gantt chart, calendar, list, or a Kanban board.
No system requirements needed. TeamGantt is a cloud-based tool. If your computer can browse the Internet, you can run TeamGantt on a Mac or PC with zero problems.
Because TeamGantt is online gantt chart software, you can invite clients and teammates to work on projects with you in real time and set permissions to allow or restrict editing for each user. TeamGantt’s collaborative project planning tools make it a great alternative to Sharepoint, Excel, and Microsoft Project.
We’re the only collaborative project management tool that puts project planning front and center. You’ll have everything you need to deliver projects on time, with easy and intuitive gantt charts that leave feature bloat behind. Best of all, it’s made to fit your team’s work style—with list, calendar, and board views available. Say good-bye to static, outdated plans and hello to more confident project wins!
Yes! Remote teams love how easy it is to use our gantt software from anywhere with an internet connection. You can even use your mobile phone to access your online gantt charts and update project plans.
Absolutely. TeamGantt automatically keeps a history of every update and change to your project plan. View your project plan’s history with a single click, and easily undo changes if needed.
You sure can! Create your own gantt chart templates, and share them with your team. This helps standardize your project plans and saves time by eliminating the need to recreate projects from scratch.
We believe a solid plan is the backbone of any successful project. Every team and business benefits from having a simple online gantt chart that’s easily accessible and flexible. Here are a few examples: