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How to Pick a Project Management App


Peter Bell

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About This Class

Have you even been confused about the differences between Pivotal Tracker, Trello, Asana, Lighthouse and JIRA? In this session we'll look at a range of different project management apps, their strengths and weaknesses and how to pick between them. We'll also look at examples of how to use each effectively to manage a software development team.


  • Introduction 2:16
  • How to Pick a Project Management App 1:56
  • Setting Expectation 8:48
  • The Ultimate Project Management System 5:10
  • A Kanban Board 11:23
  • What Metrics Matter 11:21
  • The Value of a Project Management System 4:19
  • An Overview of Popular Options 11:28
  • Q: Do all of these options have mobile availability 1:53


  • Differentiate between Pivotal Tracker, Trello, Asana, Lighthouse, and JIRA
  • Pick the best project management app based on what you're working on

About the Instructor(s)


Peter Bell

Peter is founder and CTO of Speak Geek. He teaches business people to more effectively hire and manage developers - even if they don’t know how to code. He also provides help with coming up with mobile strategies, lean product development and specifying software and provides due diligence on engineers and outsourcing companies.

Peter is also a contract member of the Github training team and teaches a wide range of developer topics - from git, github, chef, devOps and hosting/scaling topics to neo4j, mongodb, redis, client MVC frameworks, javascript, ruby, python and java.

He has presented at a range of conferences including DLD conference, ooPSLA, QCon (New York, San Francisco and Shanghai), RubyNation, SpringOne2GX, Code Generation, Practical Product Lines, the British Computer Society Software Practices Advancement conference, DevNexus, cf.Objective(), CF United, Scotch on the Rocks, WebDU, WebManiacs, UberConf, the Rich Web Experience and the No Fluff Just Stuff Enterprise Java tour.

He has been published in IEEE Software, Dr. Dobbs, IBM developerWorks, Information Week, Methods & Tools, Mashed Code, NFJS the Magazine and GroovyMag. He's currently writing a book on managing software development for Pearson.

He is an organizer of the CTO School - an organization in NYC devoted to creating the next generation of technical leaders. He also organizes the node.js meetup in New York and co-organizes the Domain Driven Design and Grails meetups.

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