Easy Project Planning Software

CNET Editors' Rating:

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

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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, dates, and assignments. Then, with a single click, SmartDraw automatically converts your mind map into a project plan. Now you can see your project plan as a Gantt chart, by assignments, or as a timeline.

Project chart example

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

  • One-Click Mind Map to Project Chart Conversion
    Use a mind map to brainstorm everything that needs to get done. Once your project is completely scoped out, convert it to a project plan with a single click. Project planning has never been easier or more thorough.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Convert mind map to project chart

  • Microsoft Project® Compatible
    Need to share your project plan with Project® users? No problem. Export your plan to a Microsoft Project® file with a single click.
  • Free Support
    Have a question? Call or email us. SmartDraw experts are standing by ready to help, for free!
Export to MS Project

Smart Integration

Share your project plan in a variety of common graphics formats, as a PDF, or export them to any Office® application in one click.

Export to Office

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