We’re thrilled to learn that Soma Bhattacharya, Chicago-based IT business analyst and founder of steppingintopm.com, a blog that describes the journey from a project newbie to project manager, is getting ready to review microproject.com. She describes microproject as promising in a blog post today and we’re eagerly anticipating her verdict on our work. Thank you Soma! /Guppy Team
At long last we’re releasing the last major update of Microproject 1.5. An all new task creation and message work flow and a cleaned up and significantly better list-view.
We felt early on the need to rid ourselves of the tabs in the list view to simplify overview of tasks and as time went by many of you reported a lack of task planning when using Microproject as an overview tool when each timebar in the calendar represented a longer running project timelines rather than single tasks within a specific project.
The new list view is entirely without tabs and sports an all new fast task creation feature. It also has a free text search field as well as a participant filter to quickly find tasks connected to a specific tag and/or person.
We’ve also ditched the unplanned, planned and completed categories. Now you you can simply decide to not assign a person or a starting date to a task and it will be visible in the list view but not assigned in the time line until you drag it out there to a specific participant.
Tasks and messages now come up in a separate pop-up rather than in the right hand view and the message workflow is much clearer.
The all new feature is the ability to add to-do lists connected to each task. Again, when you use the Microproject as an overview planning tool with several different projects represented in the timeline you will need to add smaller tasks like bug-lists etc connected to each project. This could be bug-lists or feedback from a customer about a website under construction. In short smaller tasks that requires little work but that needs to be ticked off all the same.
Just like tasks to-dos can be managed by drag and drop and ticked off as completed either in the task/message pop-up or directly in the list view and each main task displays how many to-dos are still uncomplete in a to-do list.
We’ve recorded some quick tutorials/walk-throughs to be found here and we will record more in the weeks to come.
We’ve found the new work flow so much better in our own project planning and we hope that you’ll find that improves yours as much.
Stand by for more announcements.
As microproject has been around for a while and as we’re developing further we’d like to take the opportunity to put the spotlight on the people that make that development possible through their input, the users.
In a series of short features we’d like to present users in User Spotlights and share them with you all. First out is Edison Communication, Quebec, Canada and its Director Steeves Fons.
Tell us about the beginnings of Edison Communication and what your main business areas are.
Based in Quebec city, the most beautiful city in Canada, Edison Communication has been around since 1999. Our company begun to work in IT technologies, Cloud computing, Web Hosting provider and since 4 years back we have a mobile platform development department.
Edison Communication is a small company but right now we’re growing very fast and we’re working every day to help customers grow fast as well using our apps and services.
What’s the size of the Edison Team at present?
At this time, Edison Communication employ 6 persons and we’re very open to growing the team. We have great opportunities for anyone who wants to join our team spirit.
How did you find Microproject?
Since we’re agile development based, Steeves Fons, Edison Communication Chief Executive, searched to find a great tool to help to manage projects effectively and without a lot of features unused. Finding MP.com on web site reviews we became curious and decided to signup the free demo.
Why do you like it?
Because it has a very simple agile interface with simple yet useful features, right to the point to get things done and an awesome development and support team ! That’s why we love Microproject.
What developments of the tool would you like to see in the future?
- Availability to put a project on hold (archive) and turn back alive.
- A better print (export project) by criteria.
- A year view project will be also cool.
- A possibility to start a new project based on existing project.
- Highlight the current day in the timeline.
Many thanks for taking the time to talk to us Steeves!
This week brought a many good things to Microproject.
The completion of the best-and-saved-for-last features of 1.5 is imminent. The new task- and to-do list handling being the most important, not to forget the coming multilingual support.
Aside from that, we received a very nice and encouraging review at indian startup site TechPluto. As India is one of the worlds great IT-nations, we´re more than thrilled to get attention there.
Citing the TechPluto review:
“Microproject is a web based Project Management tool that simplifies project management to a great extent. It’s intuitive and dead simple UI gets you started right from the moment you login to the website.”
Way to go!
Microproject is a web based Project Management tool that simplifies project management to a great extent. It’s intuitive and dead simple UI gets you started right from the moment you login to the website so there’s hardly any training needed to figure out how to make use of it.
Today J. Richard Hackman Edgar Pierce Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at Harvard University, lists six common misconceptions about teamwork in the Harvard Business Review.
There’s a lot of good stuff here based on Hackmans research (like the crushing of the idea that harmony within a team is always good for results, not so says Hackman) but for us at the Microproject the best one is misconception number 3. That of the bigger team being the better team.
Hackman contradicts this and motivates his contradiction like this;
“The larger the group, the higher the likelihood of social loafing (sometimes called free riding), and the more effort it takes to keep members’ activities coordinated. Small teams are more efficient–and far less frustrating.”
This is also our, highly un-academic, experience. This is exactly why we decided to design and offer a collaborative tool for small teams only. Nice to see it confirmed from Harvard University.
Check out the entire article here.
What you see is a sketch of what will be this springs most important announcement from the Microproject team.
The new task list function.
Ever since we first released Microproject, we´ve been discussing a rebuild of this vital function.
We wanted to rework it for a number of reasons.
Better user experience, a more logic workflow, simpler handling, and better understandability among them.
Also we wanted to add a function the first version didn´t have.
We felt that individual Microproject tasks need an under-category of smaller to-do:s.
So we started working on creating a new task list function.
Pretty soon it will be presented to the world.
Soon Microproject users can organize their work hierarchically.
They can grade importance in projects by inserting to-todo-lists under different tasks, instead of having to create a new task everytime some small thing has to be planned.
This is certainly a step towards more overview and power over projects.
Stay tuned for more news on the improved task list function.
This past spring we´ve been working hard. Going down the Microproject trail. Developing the tool in the direction we believe in. Communicating with fans, press and users of all kinds. Trying to connect the daily labour with the ideals with which we started.
And it has certainly paid off. Going from the complete unknown to a product well met in quite a number of reviews and among a growing number of users.
That´s great. But we´re far from there. Far from even seeing the beginning of what we might hope for.
Maybe we´re at the beginning of realising that our vision is not just ours, but can be met in the minds of others. The tremendous response from users and reviewers certainly do suggest this. Our promise for the future is this;
We will do our utmost to help Microproject becoming what we, and you, want it to be.
That´s our goal.
The newly presented Resource Alert function is a part of that. Come the next two weeks we will present a few best-and-saved for-last features that we think will enhance Microproject even further.