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Score 9.2 out of 101

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Score 8.6 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

MindManager

  • MM is superb for brainstorming - individually or with a group.
  • MM is superb for quickly focusing a group down the key elements of a discussion, plan or strategy.
  • I have found MM less useful in making Presentation material for said groups.
  • With each new MM version, the features and options get more refined and useful in the above-mentioned areas.
The notification/alarm function was pitiful and more recently has been vastly improved. It is still not "Google Calendar" replacement material, which I would like it to be.
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Smartsheet

I use Smartsheet to manage work load between colleagues and freelancers. It is a critical partner of our project management team. A few use cases include response forms with automated row population, alerts to row changes, cell history, formulas, budget/actual dollar spend reports, workload issues on teams, task progress and gantt chart timelines. The functionality potential with Smartsheet is endless! There is a learning curve - especially with reporting and dashboards. I could not do my job without Smartsheet!
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

MindManager
Smartsheet
8.3
Task Management
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.7
Resource Management
MindManager
Smartsheet
7.9
Gantt Charts
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.1
Scheduling
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.2
Workflow Automation
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.6
Team Collaboration
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.9
Support for Agile Methodology
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.7
Support for Waterfall Methodology
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.6
Document Management
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.3
Email integration
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.3
Mobile Access
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.0
Timesheet Tracking
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.0
Change request and Case Management
MindManager
Smartsheet
7.9
Budget and Expense Management
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.3

Professional Services Automation

MindManager
Smartsheet
7.9
Quotes/estimates
MindManager
Smartsheet
7.7
Invoicing
MindManager
Smartsheet
7.7
Project & financial reporting
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.2
Integration with accounting software
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.0

Pros

MindManager

  • The ability to apply it to almost any situation that requires the organization of ideas, concepts and/or facts.
  • The ease with which a map can be changed, almost totally if necessary, without the loss of any content.
  • The ease with which the tool is implemented to its full conceptual power.
  • The ease with which ideas are communicated to others who did not do the map building themselves.
  • The potential for collaborative efforts in developing thoughts, plans, etc.
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Smartsheet

  • Formulas. While not as robust as Excel, the formulas offered in Smartsheet are quite good.
  • Team collaboration. Multiple teammates can access and work on the same sheet at once.
  • Templates. The standard templates meet all my needs, and are a great guide for what Smartsheet is intended for and the problems it is best suited for solving.
  • Project management. It is great for creating, assigning, monitoring, and tracking tasks and projects.
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Cons

MindManager

  • I would like to be able to readily select groups of topics and apply formatting e.g. circle three topics and have them collectively outlined or colored
  • Would be nice to have a small collection of the icons that I use most frequently in a group on the top bar so I can easily drag and drop
  • Its a bit cumbersome to generate custom formats
  • I've had trouble configuring this latest version to attach emails from Outlook which was a really useful feature for my dashboard
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Smartsheet

  • Gantt Charts: While the functionality here is very good, sometimes there could be some better options with the automatic coloration of these charts. Additionally, exporting is a little limited.
  • Formulas: There are a lot of basic formula options but there could be more. Additionally, calculations across multiple sheets could also be improved.
  • Pivot tables: These are only available as an additional add-on app. I wish this functionality would be standard.
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Likelihood to Renew

MindManager

MindManager 9.7
Based on 20 answers
I feel the main issues of the old Mindjet seem to be gone with the
Corel purchase. With the huge advance of sharing via browser HTML even 1
user can affect many. And, actually, using MM kind of forced my rigid
brain to rethink how I categorize and classify information/projects.
The
idea of paying $69USD for an annual cost is more than fair and a great
model for Corel/Mindjet to keep rolling out improvements!
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Smartsheet

Smartsheet 10.0
Based on 21 answers
It definitely meets our needs as far as organizing and archiving our tasks and files. As we train more staff to view it, I see opportunities for more improvement, which I am sure this program can handle. I look forward to seeing continued improvement from Smartsheet on their capabilities and functionality.
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Usability

MindManager

MindManager 8.5
Based on 6 answers
One of the best software programs ever. Always my go-to program for most things.
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Smartsheet

Smartsheet 8.6
Based on 13 answers
Smartsheet is very easy to learn. However, while I have been able to pick it easily, Microsoft Excel and Project super users that I have trained on Smartsheet get bogged down in the differences and can find it frustrating. Explaining the differences ahead of time and why Smartsheet is being chosen instead of a different software seems to counteract those reactions
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Reliability and Availability

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Old MM versions were an issue. No issues since 2018 anyway!
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Smartsheet

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 2 answers
No issues even with large maps and held in the cloud.
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Smartsheet

Smartsheet 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Support

MindManager

MindManager 8.6
Based on 5 answers
Occasionally I do have a bit of a back and forth via email...WHEREAS a quick POTC (plain old telephone call) would probably be best all concerned.
Perhaps a telephone-based Super premium support service (might be there but I might not know about it).
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Smartsheet

Smartsheet 8.4
Based on 25 answers
Smartsheet is excellent software for small businesses and agile teams within large organizations alike. It's not overly expensive for the functionality you receive and sports an intuitive interface in a format that everybody is familiar with. I give it a nine instead of a ten only because the jump up into Enterprise and Premier pricing is quite large
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Online Training

MindManager

MindManager 6.4
Based on 1 answer
The videos are not well categorized...I had to do a bit of digging to get what I wanted and many videos on older versions. If Mindjet was to improve the titles used that would help.
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Smartsheet

Smartsheet 7.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Implementation

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 3 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Smartsheet

Smartsheet 10.0
Based on 6 answers
It's absolutely paramount to take a few minutes to actually play with the software. It's nearly impossible to do anything wrong or make a mistake which cannot be fixed easily. Under the help menu is Live Training option. After you familiarize yourself with the commands, watch the live training for some in depth understanding of how to make the software fit your needs perfectly.
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Alternatives Considered

MindManager

I like that MindManager is local software instead of a cloud-based service like MindMeister. This lets me work on a map even when I don't have internet access. It's also faster and more fully-featured.Visio is a cumbersome tool for mind mapping, as it is optimized for design more than rapid entry and organizing.
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Smartsheet

Which software we use for project management is often determined by the team we interact with or the client's choices. I prefer Smartsheet for process management due to the ease of setting up alerts and attaching necessary documentation. It was also fairly easy to set up and learn.
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Scalability

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Unlimited...issue I had was nomenclature, but info/project classification/methodology address that.
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Smartsheet

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

MindManager

  • Most recent example: Initiated a committee to set direction on how to most effectively assist the working poor and at-risk populations within our five county region. Mind mapping allowed the team of 10 - 12 people to absorb the ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) data for the region and determine which groups were most at risk and which groups State and Federal funds my be able to most effectively assist. Three to five maps allowed adequate data absorption by the team to set the 1 to 3 year strategy within a relatively short period of time and start implementation.
  • Have used the tool in the past for strategic planning for corporate business teams in areas of profit management, quality performance, business reliability, safety improvement with varying degrees of success. Typically the mapping process has contributed greatly to both defining the strategy and implementing.
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Smartsheet

  • Because we have the ability to enter in expenses and financial info in a real time manner, I am able to run reports more quickly to provide accurate numbers for ROI calculation. The C-Suite loves getting budget info on time!
  • From what I understand, choosing an enterprise level agreement saves the company money overall, rather than having a bunch of different departments, some using it, some not.
  • We are more GDPR compliant. That is important to our customers, so it is important to us.
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Pricing Details

MindManager

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Smartsheet

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

MindManager
9.7
Smartsheet
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

MindManager
9.7
Smartsheet
10.0

Usability

MindManager
8.5
Smartsheet
8.6

Reliability and Availability

MindManager
9.1
Smartsheet

Performance

MindManager
9.1
Smartsheet
10.0

Support

MindManager
8.6
Smartsheet
8.4

Online Training

MindManager
6.4
Smartsheet
7.0

Implementation

MindManager
9.1
Smartsheet
10.0

Scalability

MindManager
9.1
Smartsheet

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