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Slack is the Project Management System of the Year for the second year in a row

by Matthias Gelbmann, 4 January 2021
Tags: Asana, Microsoft Teams, Slack

Slack is the project management system that gained more popularity in our ranking within the last year than any of the other 303 monitored systems.
We thus declare Slack as the Project Management System of the Year 2020.

For determining the project management system of the year, we subtracted the popularity scores of January 2020 from the latest scores of January 2021. We use the difference of these numbers, rather than a percentage, because that would favor systems with a tiny popularity at the beginning of the year. The result is a list of project management systems sorted by how much they managed to increase their popularity in 2020, or in other words, how many additional people started to communicate about it in one of the ways we measure in our methodology, for example job offers, professional profile entries and citations on the web.

Project Management System of the Year: Slack

In this crazy year 2020, online communication within teams became the most essential technology for many companies. Slack is thus a logical winner in this ranking, as it was already well positioned being our last year's winner. While Slack is far from being a full-fledged project management tool, its strength in communication, and the fact that many people were already familiar with the tool, made it a logical choice when teams started to work from home. Slack's strategy has never been to add all the project management features it lacks, but rather to provide integration with a large number of systems that already provide essential functionalities, and thus serve as a central communication hub. That's not only the place where it shines, but also the place where it's hard for other providers to replace it.


Runner-up: Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is another tool that became essential in 2020 due to its strengths in team communication. Being integrated in other Microsoft products was certainly an important asset to quickly gain popularity for this tool, that has been launched only in 2017. Microsoft Teams arrived in the market just in time for the Covid lockdowns, where other ill-fated Microsoft products such as Skype for Business would have struggled to make a dent.


Third place: Asana

Asana has is in the top three of our Project Management System of the Year award for the fourth year in a row. Compared to Slack and Microsoft Teams, Asana is more a traditional project management system, providing features such as task management, time tracking, resource management and project portfolio management, while still focusing on ease of use. Its ongoing success is a prove that there will always be a need for this type of tools.


We congratulate Slack, Microsoft and Asana on their success in 2020.



Previous winners of the Project Management System of the Year Award

2020  Slack
2019 Slack
2018 Trello
2017 Trello
2016 Trello

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