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


Added on Aug 14, 2014: Celoxis, Dayboard , Drinkle , HiveFlux , KanBo , Kudos Boards, Nama , Orangescrum , Planivo , Planview , Projectplace , Wedoist , Whiteboard
Stand-Alone STM Vendor
STM is part of a larger collaboration platform
AgileZen   
Any.Do   
Asana   
AtTask   
Azendoo   
Basecamp   
Bettermeans   
Casual.IO   
Celoxis   
Clarizen   
Collaborate (formerly Kibits, acquired by Cisco)   
Crocagile   
Cubevibe   
Dayboard   
Drinkle   
Do (Sunset by SalesForce)  
Fellowstream   
Flow   
Goshido   
HiveFlux   
Intellinote   
JoinCube   
KanBo   
Kerio Technologies   
Kona (by Deltek)   
Kudos Boards (for IBM Connections)   
LiquidPlanner   
MangoProjects   
Mavenlink   
MindJet   
Nama (formerly Micromanager)   
Offiria   
Orangescrum   
Planivo   
Planview   
Producteev (acquired by Jive)   
Projectplace (acquired by Planview)   
Project Bubble   
ProjectTurf   
Redbooth (formerly TeamBox )   
Rule   
Sandglaz   
Siasto   
SmartSheet   
Socialcast Strides (Sunset by VMware)   
Sparqlight   
StrikeBase   
TaskWorld   
Team Focus (or TiimFocus)   
TeamWork Live   
Trello   
Twoodo   
Wedoist   
Wrike   
WorkSimple   
Whiteboard   
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