So recently I tried out a new-to-me Online Project Management site.
There was a 30-day free trial so I figured I would try it out. I set up a “dummy” project (my daughters Halloween Party) and started work.
Access and set up were fairly straightforward and easy to understand. The only problem I came across was when I realized I was inputting Tasks for Milestones, oops. I could not find a way to easily remedy this, so I had to delete and reenter the tasks as tasks, sigh. That took a while, but once things are set up in the project area it is fairly easy to add people and assign them responsibilities in the project. It was not always clear, however, how tasks were to be signed off as completed. This took a little fiddling and looking around. I did finally figure it out and it was easier than expected J of course. As the PM I had all access and I could request a daily or other time-period report of the project from the site. The reports were concise and showed all the info one would need at a glance to ensure the project is proceeding well, or not. As a worker on the project I got emails of the tasks assigned to me and, when they were due, a reminder popped up when I was getting close to the due date, so that worked out well. There is also a nice place to add the client info so they can also receive activity emails and reports as needed.
The subscription fee is not outrageous and the customer service is responsive and polite. There are a variety of packages available, surprise, and they are different enough that they cover a wide range of activities. I was pleased to find one that is “personal” with 5 projects per year. This is perfect if you are in a small group that does limited events each year and want to make sure everyone is apprised of the project and how it is coming along (this is my situation and I will bring it up at our next meeting).
I really enjoyed working in this format and will be exploring other sites as I learn of them.
If you are curious, my daughters Halloween party went very well and all items were completed in a timely manner according to my PM, despite having to move the whole thing indoors due to inclement weather.
Sabrina loves it when her plans come together. With a young child in the house there are even more opportunities to plan and execute fun, stay tuned for all the details.