I often find myself managing a number of different projects. It’s one of the affects of juggling a career, running a blog and engaging in business endeavors at the same time. It’s hard to keep track of everything and stay organized. That’s why I love trying out new productivity programs such as project management software.
I was really interested when I heard about the launch of a new collaborative project management software by Comindware. Comindware is particularly interesting because of their ability to collaborate with a team. This could be useful when working with multiple co-authors on an article, web developers and designers as well as delegating tasks to employees.
Of course, they also list all the basic important functionality of a project management program. When I headed over to their website, I saw that the Comindware site was fast and responsive and had a really nice, easy to navigate interface. This is a big plus in my mind as I believe that ease of use is one of the most important qualities of a good project management program.
Prominently featured is the free trial option. I think this is a great way to attract users. It also tells me that they are willing to let their software speak for itself. So, I quickly signed up for their free trial.
Signing up was quick and painless. They don’t require any credit card information and I was emailed a verification link. The only hiccup was that the verification email took about 15 minutes to arrive (their website says 5 minutes) so I was starting to get concerned that it hadn’t been sent to me when it arrived. But then I quickly completed the process and was on my way to trying out their software.
I signed up for the project planner, Comindware project. According to their website, Comindware project “Comindware Project dramatically improves traditional project management planning experience with professional execution and team collaboration capabilities.” I was interested in seeing how they implement project management.
The first thing, I saw was that they use Gantt charting to track projects.
This is a popular charting method used by most top tier project management programs to track progress. As you can see, this is a great visual way to quickly see the progress of your various projects. In addition, Comindware includes some predictive analysis so that they can give a future estimate on project completion. This is really nice for deadline oriented work. All in all, this is a really good way to visualize your project planning.
I found their interface was easy to understand and I created a quick test project in just a few minutes. I did run into a small bug at this stage where the Gantt chart got stuck loading and I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to continue waiting for the update. I finally hit refresh on my browser and then everything showed up fine. I don’t know what triggered this bug as I couldn’t duplicate it.
The basic functionality was easy to use, I was able to create a new project and make tasks, set deadlines, upload supporting documents and assign people to the projects quickly and easily.
The primary feature that will really attract users are the collaborative features.
Comindware includes some really great collaborative tools with their project management functionality. You’ll see right away that they make it extremely easy to add and assign users to projects and then communicate with your team.
As you can see, there is a great visual interface for quickly seeing your team organization and pulling up information on any team member. I really love the organizational flow chart of team members.
Beyond that, I’ve always found that communication with my team is the most important factor for having great teamwork. I have run into many project management programs that simply don’t put a lot of effort into facilitating communication. I was really impressed with Comindware in this respect.
One of the most visible parts of their project management program are the chat rooms. They’ve placed chat rooms right into their main menu so that you can easily communicate with your team.
I thought this was simply awesome. I love talking to people on my teams. I often delegate and assign work to other people, but it’s part of my personal work flow to personally talk to people about my thoughts on any particular task. Some people may be better at simply assigning a project and delegating without the need to talk it out, but I personally need to talk things out, so this is a really great feature for me.
Beyond the easy interface for communication, comindware really puts a well rounded focus on teamwork. They put in collaborative resource allocation abilities so that your team can easily see how resources are being used and adjust accordingly.
This also includes document management:
As you can see, they really build up the collaborative features of their software. They’ve also included a neat little motivation tool for your team, in case you team members need a little extra incentive. Comindware includes a team members award page.
If you want to add that little extra competitive edge to your team members, you can create various awards for your individual team members to earn.
Overall, I found that Comindware has a really good interface and offers really good project management tools for the individual. Where it really shines is in their collaborative features. If you have a large team, Comindware looks to be a really awesome project management software for collaboration and communication with your team.