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8 Free Project Management Templates to Kickstart Your Work in 2024

Project templates are invaluable tools that provide a structured framework for planning and executing projects. They offer many benefits, such as saving time, improving project management, and ensuring consistency across multiple projects. By using templates, project managers can easily replicate successful projects and avoid reinventing the wheel each time.

These project management templates ensure that the most important project elements — such as timelines, budgets, and deliverables — are properly defined and monitored throughout the project life cycle. Even more, templates help capture best practices, standardize processes, and enable effective communication among team members. Now that’s how you set yourself up for success.

Use These 8 Project Management Templates Today

Just getting started on your project management journey? Hive has you covered. As a leading project management software and team collaboration tool, we’ve seen many, many projects come and go through Hive. But no matter how simple or complex the project may be, templates are the secret to streamlining your work, enhancing efficiency, and improve overall project outcomes. Sure, you can find project management templates in Google, but why add more guess work?

We’ve boiled down those insights and feedback we’ve received into over 100+ templates that you can utilize in Hive free of charge. Whether you’re looking to create a product roadmap or visualize your strategic planning initiatives for this year, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the most popular project templates that you can get started with today.

1. Simple Project Plan Template

Get your first project started in Hive with this template, built to kick-start your work with five sample tasks. We’ve added subactions to these sample tasks, as well as labels and statuses to help you better sort and identify the most pressing items in your workflow.

This template is a great option if you’re:

  • Launching a new product
  • Want to bring team members into one central location to collaborate
  • Need real-time timeline updates

2. Product Roadmap Template

Product roadmaps provide a strategic overview of a product’s development, outlining key milestones, features, and timelines. They serve as a visual communication tool for stakeholders, aligning teams and enabling effective decision-making.

With a clear and well-defined roadmap, teams can prioritize tasks, allocate resources, and track progress more efficiently. Roadmaps also facilitate collaboration and transparency, ensuring that everyone is on the same page regarding the product’s direction and goals. Ultimately, product roadmaps help drive successful product launches and enable organizations to stay competitive in the market.

This template is a great option if you’re:

  • Launching a brand new product
  • Updating your product launch process
  • Need a starting point for your PM work

3. Creative Production Template

Creative work just flows better in Hive. Take your actions through our status, or Kanban, view, to denote stages of completion. Customize your project status based on your workflow stages and use our proofing and approvals app to sign off on assets. This is one of our favorite project management templates in Hive, because it uses our signature Kanban, or status, view.

We’ve also enabled the time tracking app in this template to help you bill time more effectively (or just get a sense of where your team’s time is going).

This template is a great option if you’re:

  • An internal or external agency team working with multiple clients
  • Looking to centralize asset requests and proofing
  • Trying to streamline all comms and feedback

4. RFP Template

Track and streamline each proposal submission with this template, which we’ve set up into two distinct planning phases: “Preparation” and “Evaluation.” Relevant tasks are loaded into this project to prepare you to log relevant company information and next steps along the way.

Customize your project status based on your workflow stages and use our proofing and approvals app to sign off on assets. We’ve also enabled the time tracking app in this template to help you bill time more effectively or get a sense of where your team’s time is going. This template is a great option if you’re looking to track and streamline each proposal submission. It is set up into two distinct planning phases: Preparation and Evaluation. Relevant tasks are loaded into this project to prepare you to log relevant company information and next steps along the way.

This template is a great option if you’re:

  • Working on a time-sensitive RFP
  • Looking for a tool to brainstorm and execute on ideas
  • Wanting a central location for multiple team members or external users to collaborate

5. Customer Management Template

Are you managing customer relationships, either internally or externally? We’ve got a great template for you. With this template, you can log relevant company information and next steps throughout the customer journey. Customize the project status based on your workflow stages, and utilize the proofing and approvals app for seamless asset sign-offs.

This template is a great option if you’re:

  • Running a Customer Success team
  • Want a place where all parts of your organization can track progress
  • Need to centralize communication

6. Team Goal Tracking Template

What is more important than aligning team goal’s across your organization?

Use this template to build out company, team, and individual Goal trees (parent and child Goals) to move your organization forward. This template will enable our Goals app, as well as several sample Goals that you can customize for your team’s initiatives.

This template is a great option if you’re:

  • Goal-tracking and KPI reporting are critical to your workflow
  • You’re unsure about which project you want to start with
  • Your team needs a North Star

7. Strategic Planning Template

Centralize all of your strategic initiatives in Hive with this simple strategic planning template. Bring a variety of short and long term tasks, strategic goals, and milestones into one central project in Hive to track progress over time and understand priorities.

This template is a great place to start if:

  • You have multiple year-long strategic initiatives you need to track
  • Multiple teams are involved in each goal
  • Metrics are tracked across teams
  • Communication across teams is important to your workflow

8. IT Team Workflow Template

Use this IT management template to streamline your IT team’s workflow and enhance efficiency. This template provides a structured framework for organizing tasks, projects, and milestones in one central location, allowing for easy tracking of progress and prioritization. Implement this template to improve collaboration, optimize resource allocation, and ensure effective communication within your IT team.

This template will help you:

  • Streamline all tech related tasks in one place
  • Communicate when plans change
  • Hold teammates accountable for progress

How to access Hive’s project management templates

If you don’t have an existing Hive account, you’ll need to visit this link and create your Hive workspace. From there, templates will be available to use when you create a project, or from the blue “?” in the upper right corner of your workspace. Just click on “Template Library” to navigate to our pre-saved project template list.

Once you kick off a project from these project management templates, you’ll be able to edit all of the tasks, subtasks, due dates, and assignees to fit your specific workflow. If it’s easier, you can just use the template as inspiration or a starting point, and create a separate project based on the part of the template that works for you.

Learn more

To access these templates, visit the blue “?” in the upper right corner of your workspace. Click “Template Library” and choose your desired template from the drop down.

Want to learn more about Hive? We’ve got you covered. Hive University is a great place to start, as are our weekly demos and webinars, which you can learn more about here.

Have any additional ideas for how we can use these, or other, project management templates plan organize and enhance your workflows? Reach out at marketing@hive.com