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

by Matthias Gelbmann, 5 January 2022
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 305 monitored systems.
We thus declare Slack as the Project Management System of the Year 2021.

For determining the project management system of the year, we subtracted the popularity scores of January 2021 from the latest scores of January 2022. 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 2021, 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

It has been a tremendous year Slack. They started at rank 6 in our popularity ranking at the beginning of the year, and have climbed up to rank 2. That makes it the fastest growing tool and thus our winner for the third year in a row.

Online communication tools are an essential part of every company's tool set, now that work from home has become the norm for many people. Slack, obviously, is fulfilling that need. While Slack is far from being a full-fledged project management tool, its 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: Asana

Asana is in the top three of our Project Management System of the Year award for the fifth year in a row. It has moved up from rank 8 to rank 6 in the last year. Compared to Slack, 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.


Third place: Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams moved into the top 10 most popular project management systems in 2021. It is another tool that became essential during the pandemic, 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 a fwe years ago.


We congratulate Slack, Asana and Microsoft on their success in 2021.


Previous winners of the Project Management System of the Year Award

2021 Slack
2020  Slack
2019 Slack
2018 Trello
2017 Trello
2016 Trello

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