If the site of a Gantt chart makes you run through the plate glass window it’s taped to, you’re not alone. Often the faux project management appearance of multiple tasks, color-coded by personnel and priority, fraught with the markings of yellow, pink and chartreuse highlighter to show the importance of one item over another, gives warm fuzzies to management but strikes horror and disbelief into the staff. If used correctly, however, they can be powerful tools. You’ve seen TeamPlatform and their web-based project management tool before. It’s the most complete project management suite we’ve seen thus far, and they’ve just added a task system to make it even more complete. A task system that makes Microsoft Project look quaint and archaic by comparison.
TeamPlatform Gantt slam
I’m not a big Gantt chart fan AT ALL. That mostly comes from having been a Microsoft Project administrator–lining up bids, schedules and personnel to sync up with tasks, capacity and milestones. *shiver* The day we hired someone to do it full time (FULL TIME!) was a happy day for me. That was a few years ago. At the time, I looked into web-based solutions, but of course, there was nothing that would sync up our folder-based PDM system or allow task management.
TeamPlatform not only makes web-based file syncing and task management possible, they’re linking the two together in convenient workspaces that allow complete organization of your project. So, 3D files and items on your computer correspond to the same files you see linked to across the TeamPlatform interface (workspace, task list, comments, etc.), files that can be opened and viewed within the browser.
If you’ve used Gantt chart software, like Microsoft Project, there’s just a lot of frustration in getting tasks to line up and even more frustrating when you’ve got it all pretty and a change is required. TeamPlatform seems to address a lot of these pain points with a more fluid interface, drag-and-drop functionality, a slick auto-complete commenting system and of course, linking between it all.
While I still abhor spending days and months putting together Gannt charts that inevitably change, it’s nice to see a web-based options that cuts down the time it takes to complete. Oh, one thing I absolutely love is the ability to see a calendar view of all the tasks. Very handy, although it would be nice to add task via that interface as well.
Images below take you through the process of using TeamPlatform and the task view pane. Video below is a quick overview of the Gantt chart interface. Project magangment… it may all sounds pretty boring I’m sure, but if you’ve ever needed a high level of program management, I just don’t see leaving TeamPlatform out of the line-up.