Social Task Management and the Renewed Focus On Getting Work Done

December 29 2011 11:45:00 AM Comments Disabled
In my Predictions for 2012 blog post I wrote that one of the trends I'm seeing is a surge in new project/task/time management tools focused on Getting Work Done. To learn more on the topic, you can purchase a full version of my report on Social Task Management.

The following is the list of products I follow in this market. They do not all fit into exactly the same bucket though. Some have been around for a few years while others are still in private beta. Some do just project management while some are part of a larger collaboration platform. I'd appreciate your feedback on tools that are missing plus ideas on how to best group the various offerings.

Social Task Management Vendors


Last updated July 11, 2014 - Added TeamWork
Latest additions: Altova MetaTeam, Bitrix24, Redbooth, HighQ, Infor Mingle
Previous additions: Collaborate, TaskWorld, Intellinote , Tibbr Tasks, StrikeBase, ProjectTurf, Clarizen, Project Bubble, TeamFocus
Stand-Alone STM Vendor
STM is part of a larger collaboration platform
AgileZen
Altova MetaTeam
 
Any.Do  
Asana  
AtTask  
Azendoo  
Basecamp  
Bettermeans  
Casual.IO  
Clarizen  
Collaborate (formerly Kibits ), acquired by Cisco  
Crocagile  
Cubevibe  
Do (Sunset by SalesForce)
Fellowstream  
Flow  
Goshido  
Intellinote  
JoinCube  
Kerio Technologies  
Kona (by Deltek)  
LiquidPlanner  
MangoProjects  
Mavenlink  
MindJet  
Offiria  
Producteev (acquired by Jive)  
Project Bubble  
ProjectTurf  
Redbooth (formerly TeamBox )
Rule  
Sandglaz  
Siasto  
SmartSheet  
Socialcast Strides (Sunset by VMware)
Sparqlight  
StrikeBase  
TaskWorld  
Team Focus (or TiimFocus)
TeamWork (formerly TeamWorkPM)  
TeamWork Live  
Trello  
Twoodo  
Wrike  
WorkSimple  
Wunderlist Pro  
Yodiz  
ZoHo Projects  
Atlassian Confluence  
Bitrix24  
Clearvale (by Broadvision)  
HighQ Collaborate
Huddle  
HyperOffice  
IBM Connections  
Igloo Software  
Infor Mingle  
Jive Software  
Microsoft SharePoint  
Neudesic Pulse  
Podio (by Citrix)  
Saba People Cloud  
SAP Jam (formerly Streamwork)  
Socialcast Projects (by VMware)  
Tibbr Tasks  
Traction Teampage  
















Some of the key items on the history and evolution of Social Task Management platforms:

1. The web - Back in 2004, 37 Signals pioneered web-based project management with Basecamp. Today people are more accustomed to web-based solutions than they were back then.
2. Mobile - Similar to the point above,  
people today expect easy access to their information anytime anywhere.  Mobile task list and notifications make this simple. The cameras on mobile devices are also handy tools for helping with task management by adding photos or even video conferencing.
3. Social - Activity streams have made broadcasting what we're doing commonplace. This lends itself well to task management, allowing people to discover, comment on and even favourite what people are doing.
4. Analytics/Gamification - Badges, leader boards and Infographics are all useful features to help motivate and reward people as they complete tasks/projects.
5. Simple - You don't need to be a Sigma Six blackbelt to use these new emerging tools. (Unlike the perception around overly complicated tools like MS Project)


Additional Reading:

Time/Task/Project frameworks: Getting_Things_Done , Kanban , Covey