Likelihood to Recommend Scenarios where ActiveCollab works well
1) ActiveCollab works well for small teams specifically T&M teams.Its invoicing feature is unique & can make your life easy. 2) It is very easy to use & posses good range of filters like on the task list, we can drag/drop tasks, Filter by assignee's,
tasks lists, due dates, or completed tasks. 3) It has some simple but awesome features like when you're in
the middle of writing something i.e a comment on story and get interrupted,
it retains what you wrote. 4) It allows you to tag team members in threads of comments to grab their attention, its really needed when teams are distribu
Thus helping team members to collaborate easily & stay on same page. 5) It integrates pretty well with other web apps like quickbooks , Slack, Trello, HubSpot, Zapier etc
Scenarios where ActiveCollab did not work well
1) Tasks can not have multiple assignee's here so if two members are working on same task it did not allow you to reflect that. 2) Sorting capability is not their under invoicing 3) It did not work well for larger teams 4) Search option is not very detailed & you may end up wasting lot of time searching one particular bug or issue.
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This tool enables the visual management needed in many offshore teams to easily and quickly see the pending work, work in progress and completed work.For teams that work with a waterfall methodology and do not have AGILE internalized, I believe there are other solutions from Planview or other providers.
Read full review Pros Great for project and task assignments, project workflow and communications. Solid web-based platform that doesn't require software downloads, also includes great mobile platform. Great reporting tools for managing billing, estimating, project workflow and other essential project details. Allows for both the agency and its clients to interact on a single platform using role-specific permissions. Read full review Ability to color code cards based on type, giving better visibility to the variety of tasks a team handles Ability to set deadline dates and have those dates easily visible Flexibility in design the kanban board. It is easy to add a lane or make a change on the fly. Work doesn't have to stop and a long process created to make simple layout changes. Movement of cards is easy as well as the ability to connect cards to show dependencies. Read full review Cons It isn't possible to set members of staff as part time, so if someone is unavailable on certain days you must manually enter them as OOO every single day that they are not in, that other teammates work. Hours also can't be edited individually - everyone is treated as working the same hours in a day, rendering capacity planner useless for flexi working teams Subtasks cannot be assigned their own hours and deadlines, meaning the To Do list view can't be seen in actual date order and capacity planner does not reflect all time allocated to an individual's schedule unless every task is set up as a separate task rather than subtask There is no way to see all tasks of a certain type across multiple campaigns (e.g all copywriting tasks vs all technical tasks) - support team suggested exporting data and making spreadsheets Kanban view isn't available for people's own task lists ('board' view here shows a list) Not possible to have one task be assigned to more than one person Notifications are not sent when tasks are updated, so you have to leave comments and tag people each time Read full review Planview LeanKit currently can't or should not be used as a central spot for data and collaboration. Particularly attachments are not well-handled. The portable side of Planview LeanKit is really lacking. We would appreciate some options to group or stack cards. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
Perfect tool to manage requirement backlog
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LeanKit isn't the best designed Kanban system I've seen, but overall it's pretty usable. The boards I've used are pretty complex, so it can be difficult to find things. I found that searching and filtering for specific cards was somewhat of a challenge. Dragging a card from one lane to another is kind of a fun way to get things done though.
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Very minimal outages
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Never experienced major slowness
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We have not required support for ActiveCollab as it works pretty seamlessly. We didn't have any issues with using the platform or with any billing issues. The self-service aspect of the platform is robust and easy to navigate so we have not encountered any errors that required assistance from the support team.
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It solves all our needs at this time.
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ActiveCollab is easier to use and simpler in its setup. It has the right mix of features and simplicity. It's also project-oriented which is important for our workflow. Other tools are often too task-oriented, making it hard to track projects. Overall, ActiveCollab has a great mix of simplicity with good features.
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I think that LeanKit is very similar to
's Kanban feature and
, but is much less sleek looking than
's clean and sleek UI makes me enjoy project management much more than LeanKit. It might sound silly that the UI makes so much of a difference to me, but it really does.
is also sleeker than LeanKit, but I still prefer
because it has more customization options and a better interface. We are actually going to look into switching to
because we wanted something with a better UI.
seems to have a great UI with a lot of customization options.
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Good use cases for small/large teams
Read full review Return on Investment Allows our team to stay organized and keep conversations on tasks. The To-Do List email every morning helps me mentally prepare and know exactly what I should be doing as soon as I start work. Powerful and useful integrations save lots of time (Google Drive, Slack, Dropbox, Zapier and more!). Read full review Our team meetings are more direct and quick to get through thanks to the better visibility of the workload Easily being able to move cards between team lanes gives instant visibility to where the responsibility for the next step is needed. Read full review ScreenShots Planview AgilePlace Screenshots