Easy Project Planning Software

CNET Editors' Rating:

Absolutely the easiest project planning solution even if you've never managed a project before.

Build Project Plans

SmartDraw lets you create a project plan in minutes. It's so easy. Just open a template, which uses a mind map format. Add tasks quickly building out your plan. Then, with a single click, SmartDraw automatically converts your mind map into a project chart. Now you can adjust due dates, make assignments, and add dependencies as necessary.

Gatt chart template

Avoid these common project planning mistakes

  • Broad, badly defined tasks that are never broken down to see what is actually involved
  • Incorrectly estimating the time to completion and resources required
  • Not measuring the progress of the tasks and inability to hold team members accountable for meeting deadlines
Project planning mistakes

Four keys to successful project planning:

  • Break down tasks to appropriate levels of detail
  • Develop a schedule with measurable milestones
  • Allocate resources and hold team members accountable
  • Measure progress
Keys to good project planning

Top reasons SmartDraw is so easy for anyone involved in project planning

  • View Your Project Chart as a Mind Map
    You can convert any project chart to a mind map in a single click. Use the mind map view to run a meeting or brainstorm everything that needs to get done.
View gantt chart as mind map
  • Automatic Formatting
    Click simple commands and SmartDraw builds your project plan for you, automatically. Add or remove tasks, change start or end dates, and SmartDraw realigns and arranges all the elements so that everything looks great.
Automatic formatting
  • Quick-Start Templates
    Dozens of professionally-designed project planning examples for common projects make you instantly productive. Simply choose the template that is most similar to your project, and customize it to suit your needs.
Project planning templates
  • Free Support
    Have a question? Call or email us. SmartDraw experts are standing by ready to help, for free!

Smart Integration with Trello® and More

You can take any task in SmartDraw and convert it into a card on your team's Trello® board with SmartDraw's powerful Trello integration. It's built-in accountability.

Trello integration

If you need to show your project in a report or presentation, you can share your project plan in a variety of common graphics formats, as a PDF, or export them to any Office® or G Suite® application in a few clicks.

Share project

Examples of Project Planning Visuals:

SmartDraw has a number of built-in templates and examples to help you plan your first project. See how easy it is to get started by signing up for a trial today.

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