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Project planning is an art. It involves breaking a goal down into small tasks, then assigning and scheduling those tasks so the work continuously moves toward the finish line.

Traditional project planning tools are designed to handle a complex series of tasks. They’re perfect for programmers and engineers but for the average small-business owner, it can be a steep learning curve.

Why not start with something simpler? Here are three iPad apps that take a more creative approach to planning a small project.

1. iScope — Project Management 4 Humans

This app uses an intuitive interface that looks like a leather trimmed desk blotter. The action is based on task cards which sit on three horizontal rails. Each rail represents a deeper level of sub-tasks, so you can easily break goals into manageable chunks. Click on a task card to add deadlines, write notes and attach files. iScope also has its own contact list so you can contact and assign tasks to team members without leaving the app.

The Project Dashboard tool is where you’ll find pie charts and graphs that show your progress on each project. It also shows the progress of each team member so you know at a glance who needs a follow-up call.

The downside to the iScope’s friendly interface is that you can only see a minimal amount of information at one time so it’s best for short-term projects with a minimal number of tasks.

iScope for the iPad is free to try. The full version costs $9.99.

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