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
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