We are a web agency, in business for 15 years and one thing we depend on is project management software. If you survive on email alone, you can bet you’ll forget something, or your mind is so full of stuff that needs doing, it keeps you awake at night… and that isn’t an exaggeration, I’ve experienced it first hand.
So it’s always been my practice to keep an eye out for ways to optimize our team’s communication and handling of projects, particularly if the project extends over weeks and months – which they often do.
But whether you’re handling the little daily things that need doing or the huge projects they all add up to “brain overload” if you don’t have some kind of tool to keep you organised, sane and help you sleep at night.
I think in the past folks relied on “secretaries” knowing everything, when something was due, who needed to do what, when and why, but there’s an even better way today in my opinion and that’s automated software like dooster.
But before we came to dooster, we went through a lot of other software first! 🙂
I can’t remember the exact order but we have tried the following software solutions to manage our project management tasks:
Basecamp https://basecamp.com: it’s supposed to be the market leader. It’s simple and easy to use, but we found that it didn’t have features we needed. Basecamp prides themselves on simplicity and didn’t want to add things like GANTT charts, etc. as that would complicate their vision of simplicity. Fair enough, but not fitting for our needs. I’m not knocking Basecamp here, I respect their approach but it wasn’t good enough for our agencies needs.
ZOHO Projects https://www.zoho.com/projects/
activecollab https://www.activecollab.com: we only tested this product in the beta phase, but it reminded me of basecamp too much, which isn’t a bad thing, but it didn’t have the kick I thought it would have in terms of our teams liking it and running with it. If you have a software that your team loves, you’ve found your baby, but we didn’t find it here either. It does invoices too, and I’m sure it has changed a lot since the BETA phase. 🙂
ASANA https://asana.com/: When I first saw and heard of ASANA, I thought I had it made… I took a little jump on the inside, but it reminded me too much of facebook and was a little to colourful for my liking. But the greatest downfall was team-pickup. If your team doesn’t dig it and go with it, you’re dead in the water, and that’s why I had to let go of Asana too. 🙁
Open Source Software: We also went with quite a few tests in the open source department, but none of them past our ‚team tests‘ in terms of acceptance and usage.
So back to Dooster.net? I honestly can’t remember anymore exactly how we stumbled across dooster, as we’ve been using it actively since the BETA phase, but it was “love at first byte” and our team’s been using it ever since, every day.
I’m not knocking the above named software solutions. We just never stayed with any of them, due to our team not falling in love with using it. If your team doesn’t enjoy the software, it will end up in the software graveyard, visited occasionally by the owner, but no life left in it.
If you’re looking at project management challenges, you ought to give dooster a test. We did and haven’t looked back since.