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Managing projects in an internet based environment can be difficult.  We have options such as Basecamp from 37Signals, Zoho, and even an open source tool called Project.net. There is a new player on the block called Projjex and it has some promising features. The team behind […]

LogoManaging projects in an internet based environment can be difficult.  We have options such as Basecamp from 37Signals, Zoho, and even an open source tool called Project.net. There is a new player on the block called Projjex and it has some promising features.

The team behind Projjex set out to build a project management solution that was quick to set up, highly functional, and most of all: easy to use.

The service is aimed at small teams with its logical layout and responsive user interface.

For the project manager, a dashboard gives a central view into how the project is progressing with vital stats about tasks and milestones.  For everyone’s convenience, every facet of the project is housed on project’s home inside the Projjex website, meaning there is no client software to install.

add new projectStart by creating your project.  This is done by hitting “add new project”, entering in a project name, end date, start date, resources (people working on the project).  Optionally, you can  set resource billing rates, budget amount, work hours per week to produce detailed fiscal reports later.  If you already have a Basecamp or Microsoft Project file to import in, you can bring these files into Projjex as well.

Adding tasks and milestones is easy and straightforward.  After creation, you can even arrange your tasks with the ease of drag and drop.  One unique feature to Projjex is the ability to tag tasks.  Tagging is a very flexible and useful way of giving keywords to a task.  For example, you can apply the label of “Crucial” to very important tasks so team members will focus on those first.  Or, if you’re building a website, you can label tasks meant for the designers and developers respectively.

Documents can be attached to a project, task, milestone.  Items with a document attached will feature a paperclip icon to denote this.

The Dashboard is the one location that gives you the most crucial information about the health of your tasks and projects.  You can see upcoming items, status updates, overdue tasks, what’s due today, and other information.  The Projjex team has thought of the little things as well: each list has a print icon for easy printing.  Also, helpful (and actually useful) tips appear in the upper right of the screen. See a screenshot below:

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A feature that is especially useful to small teams is the ability to have discussion groups right within a Projjex site.  With this feature, there is no need to have a separate web system in place to support comments and discussion threads.

Projjex is a well thought out project management utility for small teams.  It works as advertised when it comes to being easy to use and straightforward.  Security is well thought out, giving different users various access rights to items and groups.  You can mark items as read-only for sub-contractors or even mark items as personal so no one else can see them.

You can get started with Projjex for free, but you are limited to one project for up to one year.  Unlimited usage is $20/month.  Pricing details aren’t apparent on their site, but it appears you can have unlimited users on a project for clients and colleagues.

  1. Another example of another pure web-based tool which, we have found at ActionThis, can limit the usefulness of any online service.

    The solution? Support both client software – such as Outlook and Project – and the web.

    People don’t have to change the way they work, and can take advantage of the tools they use everyday, while they can also take advantage of the reach and accessibility of the web.

    Want an example? Try ActionThis at http://www.actionthis.com. New features are being added regularly.

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  2. [...] is an interesting online project management solution profiled on Web Worker Daily today. I currently use Basecamp, mostly because of trust in 37signals integrity with my data. Its [...]

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  3. Come on Jason! The application looks like it is still in alfa. I tried to watch their demo, but it was like 30 minutes long and sooo boring, so I stoped trying. I would not concider them for my project management. Anyway, I’m happy I have a better option :)

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  4. What are its advantages compared to let’s say a standard software like Microsoft Project? Most people won’t be enticed to be bug testers for this software, especially if the comment above is true

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  5. Hey Fred,

    First of all, their demo videos (wisely broken up by areas of focus) range in length from two minutes to five minutes, so I wouldn’t say they’re 30 minutes long.

    @marsello, judging by Fred’s comment, he’s just a guy trying to disparage potential Projjex users and plug some site he has some sort of connection to. The advantage of this site compared to Microsoft Project is it’s web based, allowing all your users to see their tasks and collaborate with teammates. MS Project doesn’t allow this in such a way.

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  6. Thanks for launching projjex initially for free. I think it would quite heplful

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  7. Thanks for the excellent and accurate Projjex review. By the way, the free version is free forever and, you’re correct, you can share your projects with an unlimited number of colleagues and clients.

    Alex Glassey, President
    Projjex Software Corporation

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  8. [...] There are many online project management offerings on the web including Projjex (previously covered), Basecamp, and Zoho [...]

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  10. Wanted to let you know that Projjex just released some more really great features PLUS expanded the free offering considerably! Enjoy.

    Alex Glassey, President
    Projjex Software Corporation
    http://www.projjex.com/blog

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