It never ceases to amaze us how varied the needs of the businesses and organizations who approach us are.
Below is a typical example of what we get asked – several times a day.
Welcome to our world
Appreciate the information.
I’ll try to address specific points (see inline below) and perhaps we can move forward from there
>>we are xxxx with 5 to 10 main stakeholders who would be using dooster, We have somewhat simple requirements has to be easy to use,not more work to use
Well with Dooster we really have tried hard to make it simple. It’s not an easy thing to achieve. But people often comment that’s why they like it so much
>> We need a continuous thread for a project or task that is under discussion – basecamp was dropped because the thread issue
has to help the user see their priorities not drill down to find what is next.
Not sure what you mean by continuous thread. But i think the overview lists will do this for you eg anyone can see what’s overdue / what’s next/ whats’ coming up for them (using the filters or clicking on the column headers to arrange by dates / priorities etc)
>> We need changes or updates on existing tasks should be easily highlighted-asana is what we use,but we are leaving it because of this
We have a detailed task history (which is unusual for these tools) . But you have to open each task to see it (More Options / History).
We also have powerful filtering / reporting where you can see a wide range of results eg what / by whom over certain times.. etc
>>We need to be able to email into a task or project-but overly email dependent systems have their problems
Well we have a lot of “email stuff”. eg you can email into a project. And our Dmail system is our own email client whereby you can send and receive emails with due dates / priorities etc and have them tagged as part of a project
BUT it’s all entirely optional. You can continue to use your own email very effectively – some of our team do.
The whole basis of the email integration has been to allow Dooster to be used alongside existing emails systems. In fact one of the strengths of dooster is that users don’t ever have to log into it. They get tasks / updates etc sent by email and can simply respond to them from their usual email client
>> Cross platform is a big plus- i use an iphone and pc at the office (may be going mac soon)
Well all these tools are easily used cross platform in that they are “cloud based” s can be used on any browser.
Dooster’s mobile “app” is fairly basic but it’s functional. And you can access the full app from your phone anytime. (I do that a lot myself and it works great – hence why we haven’t gone too overboard on getting a really shiny cool looking app that no one will probably use much ! )
>>here is the current list of other PM tools we have been told to look at : glasscubes,birdviewprojects,projecteev,lighhouse,mavinlink,goplan,freedcamp, siasto,do.com wrike or DOOSTER- great name by the way.
the problem is looking at so many services and finding a proper fit .
Most of those tools are good. But yes it’s not easy finding one that works for you. And to compare them can take a long time. To be honest this is why we started dooster – because so many were lacking specific things that – to us – were crucial.
A problem with many of these task / project tools is essentially they are designed and run by programmers. These guys have a specific workflow experience. Whereas we have “real world” businesses. think that’s why some of them are limited. But no doubt Dooster is not the best fit for everyone either.
All I can suggest is that you take a look.
If you see anything you need that doesn’t seem to be there, please let us know and we’ll either show you where it is or put you out of your misery 😉
Thanks again for the questions. We hope you find the tool you need