Every project manager must balance a project’s triple constraints: scope, cost, and time. The three are directly related to one another, and achieving them in tandem determines how successful a project is.
To manage these three constraints effectively, project managers should leverage software with robust project reporting features. Such tools provide centralized dashboards that will help managers track all the different elements of a project, while keeping team members and relevant stakeholders updated about the project’s progress.
That said, project management solutions differ in their reporting capabilities. And with hundreds of tools on the market, selecting the right one for your business can be a time-consuming process. To help you get started, we’ve selected the five best project management solutions for reporting, based on their sentiment scores.
5 best project management software for reporting
|Product||Reporting Sentiment Score (out of 10)|
|1. Microsoft Project||6.69|
|5. Teamwork Projects||6.18|
Sentiment Score: 6.69 (out of 10)
Mentions of reporting in reviews: 65
Percentage of mentions that are positive: 82%
Microsoft Project is a tool for businesses that manage multiple projects simultaneously. It allows users to choose from a range of reports, such as resource reports (for viewing who’s working on what), cost reports (for understanding planned versus actual costs), and progress reports (for tracking status of tasks and milestones). Some 82% of reviewers are positive about Microsoft Project’s reporting function. And Microsoft Project has a greater share of positive sentiment and a higher sentiment score than the category average.
Sentiment Score: 6.53 (out of 10)
Mentions of reporting in reviews: 55
Percentage of mentions that are positive: 78%
Everhour is suitable for businesses that want to track the time employees spend on tasks/projects and generate invoices for clients. The tool’s reporting functionality helps managers understand the status of tasks and project budget. Seventy-eight percent of reviewers are positive about Everhour’s reporting. And Everhour has a greater share of positive sentiment and a higher sentiment score than the category average.
Sentiment Score: 6.40 (out of 10)
Mentions of reporting in reviews: 40
Percentage of mentions that are positive: 77%
While Slack is primarily designed for workplace collaboration, with features such as private and group chat channels and file sharing, it does offer reporting capabilities via integrations with third-party tools. These applications can help teams monitor progress on tasks, build daily-activity reports, and track the time members spend on a project. However, some of these third-party integrations come at an additional cost. Seventy-seven of reviewers are positive about Slack’s reporting. And Slack has a greater share of positive sentiment and a higher sentiment score than the category average.
Sentiment Score: 6.36 (out of 10)
Mentions of reporting in reviews: 37
Percentage of mentions that are positive: 76%
BigTime is for teams that want to monitor project expenses, track the time members spend on projects, and invoice clients. In addition to time and expense tracking, project members can build custom reports to track task status and individual/group performance. Seventy-six of reviewers are positive about BigTime’s reporting. And BigTime has a greater share of positive sentiment and a higher sentiment score than the category average.
Sentiment Score: 6.18 (out of 10)
Mentions of reporting in reviews: 20
Percentage of mentions that are positive: 73%
Teamwork Projects is a project collaboration suite with features such as team chat, document management, and note taking. The tool’s reporting functionality allows teams to track project portfolios, monitor progress of tasks/milestones, and analyze team workloads. Seventy-three of reviewers are positive about Teamwork Project’s reporting. And Teamwork Projects has a greater share of positive sentiment and a higher sentiment score than the category average.
For this report, we analyzed 75,432 reviews across 220 project management products. To be considered for inclusion in this report, we required 20 or more unique reviews mentioning “reporting” or related terms.
The products listed in this report had the highest percentage of positive mentions of reporting functionality of eligible products.
To calculate the Sentiment Score, we looked at the specific mentions of reporting in each review and analyzed the terms used to describe reporting. We then scored each term on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the most positive. The score for each snippet was the sum of all descriptive terms in the snippet. Snippet scores were then averaged for the product to determine average sentiment score for the product.
When comparing the average sentiment score of a product to the average score for the entire category, the product’s score was removed for accuracy.