The best tools for project planning are: pencil and some paper. Okay, almost the best. Quite good at least. In some cases.
I’ve been doing years of project work and I believe some things like (parts of game design, preliminary project plan, graphics concept art etc.) are best done in paper. It might sound bit strange… but pencil & paper have some very good benefits:
- They are available all the time – you don’t have to turn on your computer and wait for the programs load.
- They are available anywhere – you don’t have to design in front of your computer… you can be out in a forest and draw lines. (I prefer sofa)
- It won’t crash. I have never seen an memory error while planning on paper
- It’s darn a cheap! Pencil & paper doesn’t cost anything compared to almost any professional tool (of course there are very good free tools available, but still – they are very cheap)
- It’s flexible: drawing something in pencil is much easier than using mouse and trying to use freehand tool (even those ‘draw boards’ aren’t so good in my opinion)
- It’s all in one package: whether you do budget, project plan, or concept art – you can use the same tool (pencil & paper) for all of those.
Use pencil & paper in design – and put finished paperwork on computer when needed.