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As I continue to struggle to find the ideal project or task management tool for my growing Web business, I find one app that really tracks project progress well but doesn’t handle individual task management then another app handles task assignments but doesn’t give me a […]

task2gather_-online-task-managementAs I continue to struggle to find the ideal project or task management tool for my growing Web business, I find one app that really tracks project progress well but doesn’t handle individual task management then another app handles task assignments but doesn’t give me a view of the big picture.

Then there are the enterprise level apps that give me a headache to even look at because they cram a gazillion features and functionality into their interface. Or the apps that have robust features that I can’t find or figure out how to use.

Task2Gather is a pretty straightforward application for managing tasks plus it has an iPhone app which in my book is always a plus. On their site, they define their app as:

“…a free online service for task and project management that organizes your personal, family, social and business lives by keeping all your commitments in one place.”

I have mixed feelings about an app that organizes every aspect of your life although I know my whole like – not just my work – needs it. Still, when I see “organizes your family” on the same app that is supposed to organize my business functions in an efficient and cost-effective way, I get a little wary. But maybe this is the way organizational tools are moving – apps to take care of every aspect of your life because ultimately, they really are inter-related.

In order to get a good feel for Task2Gather, I asked my project manager Marla to test out the tool and give her assessment. Right now we are using Basecamp. I’ve sung the praises of Basecamp before, but these days the number of projects we are managing and the complexity of those projects – each with different combinations of team members involved – is making it harder to keep track of everything.

Marla, in her ever efficient way (thank goodness for organized humans!) came up with a list of pluses and minuses for Task2Gather. Here is what she had to say:

Pluses:

  • One feature that my project manager really likes is the stats and reports feature. That could take the place of her weekly past-due reports that she generates by hand in a spreadsheet.
  • She also likes that you can assign a deadline that shifts with the project’s priority.
  • And she likes that you can see how close to completion a project is, but you have to put in hours spent. That begs to ask the question: Would everyone on our team take the time to enter their hours per project?

Minuses:

  • Two things that she feels are lacking in Task2Gather are email reminders and when you post messages or comments, the application doesn’t appear to send copies of those messages to the team members assigned to the projects.
  • Also, there isn’t a feature where you can upload file attachments.
  • She also feels it is really hard to see the tasks, and especially the deadlines. I have to agree with her on that.

Overall:

Most of the features of Task2Gather are either the same or better than Basecamp and in some cases, just presented in a different way.

task2gather-online-tasks-togetherAfter getting Marla’s assessment, I asked Olga Shtaub from Task2Gather to address some of the minuses. Here is what she told me:

  1. The emails are currently generated only to inform you if a new project was shared with you or when a new task was assigned to you. To notify about any changes in Task2Gather, there is the “News” feature. “News” contains changes made in Task2Gather like comments, deadline edits, task progress or any other changes that take place and that concern your tasks and projects where you participate. The “News” or changes emerge beside the project or task name and are marked with a bold font. Anytime you log in, you can see all changes and check them immediately. The “News” section is refreshed every 5 minutes.
  2. Task2Gather is planning to add a new notification system so users can choose the way they want to be notified by the service.
  3. The upload feature in Task2Gather is scheduled for release in the beginning of the next year.
  4. The company is planning to change a little bit the UI, design and probably the colors of Task2Gather.

Overall, I think that when it comes to project and task management, it really boils down to not only your needs but your preferences. As cloud working continues to become more and more pervasive, the competition amongst the project management applications heats up in the battle to be better. So while Task2Gather may not end up solving my company’s project management quandries that are often very specific to the way Marla and I like to manage, it could be the perfect solution for another Web worker or Web working team.

What are you using today for project management and task management, and how is that solution really working for you?

  1. We use
    ClientSpot
    to manage projects and tasks and have been pretty happy with it. It does all the usual stuff you mention, but what’s sort of cool is that it lets you manage custom databases of things like invoices, expenses, contacts, or whatever else we come up with, instead of keeping extra spreadsheets for it.

    Have also used Basecamp and that’s a pretty good solution too, just not quite as good a fit for us. Totally agree with you that it’s pretty subjective when it comes to a task/project management app.

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  2. We’ve been using OnePlace at work. It’s been working out quite well too. It’s newer, so there are a few missing features, but they are updating it all the time. http://info.oneplacehome.com/

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  3. We’ve been using Task2Gather for a while already. What we really like is the support of iPhone and also Windows Mobile. Some of our partners switched to iPhone during this year, and there was no problem, since they continue to work with us on their iPhones.

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  4. Hi, Aliza.
    Just wanted to let you know that I love reading your reviews. :) It’s always good to know new facts about the project management software area. You keep singing praises to Basecamp though. It would be really good to know your opinion of Wrike as well. We made a demo for you once, remember?

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  5. [...] Sherman has posted a review of Task2Gather at Web Worker Daily. The following “pluses” and “minuses” were singled out by the project [...]

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  6. Alice – my project manager is actually looking at Wrike right now and we may be switching over. Will write about that if/when it happens! I think we’ve outgrown Basecamp, not due to size but due to specific management needs.

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  7. Hi Aliza,

    A good review! I wanted to thank you for reviewing DeskAway(http://www.deskaway.com) on this blog. Since then I am using DeskAway & love it. Its a great tool & has promising features & is getting much better & better day by day by adding some good features. I loved the Baseescape feature of theirs a lot to migrate all the Basecamp projects to DeskAway.

    Thanks a lot.

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  8. [...] inherent in adapting new project management and collaboration tools for my own company and have previously blogged about the way my own brain processes information – and a GUI – quite differently from that of my [...]

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  9. [...] inherent in adapting new project management and collaboration tools for my own company and have previously blogged about the way my own brain processes information – and a GUI – quite differently from that of my [...]

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  10. I suggest to everybody Teamwork, in their latest version they have implemented a way to transfer all projects from Basecamp to their software. very useful!

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