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MindManager

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Smartsheet

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Likelihood to Recommend

MindManager

People who see MindManager used well are always interested in it - comes down to those who will pay for a mindmapping program and those who insist on a Free version
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Smartsheet

Smartsheet is a great project management tool, whether or not the users work within the same team. It works well for storing a checklist of tasks that need to be completed. If users want to provide evidence that a task was completed, Smartsheet's ability to attach files to a cell/sheet is valuable. It is less appropriate for situations where complex spreadsheet functions/equations are needed.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

MindManager
Smartsheet
8.2
Task Management
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.6
Resource Management
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.1
Gantt Charts
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.7
Scheduling
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.4
Workflow Automation
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.4
Team Collaboration
MindManager
Smartsheet
9.0
Support for Agile Methodology
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.2
Support for Waterfall Methodology
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.2
Document Management
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.2
Email integration
MindManager
Smartsheet
7.3
Mobile Access
MindManager
Smartsheet
7.8
Timesheet Tracking
MindManager
Smartsheet
7.6
Change request and Case Management
MindManager
Smartsheet
7.7
Budget and Expense Management
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.2

Professional Services Automation

MindManager
Smartsheet
7.4
Quotes/estimates
MindManager
Smartsheet
6.7
Invoicing
MindManager
Smartsheet
6.6
Project & financial reporting
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.3
Integration with accounting software
MindManager
Smartsheet
8.0

Pros

MindManager

  • When there's too much going on we'll use MindManager to create a list of things that need to be done, categorize them, prioritize them and assign. When anyone asks what or how we're doing we can SHOW them. It's so much easier for them to see what's going on but when they see the map they can see that we're organized and our approach is well thought out.
  • Editing views is a lot easier than other programs we've used. I've sat for countless hours trying to get the right shapes to fit right or to get the lines to go where I want them to go.
  • I like the themes. Instead of taking a blank, boring view each time and trying to dress it up later I can start with something appropriate and it looks nice from the start without any extra effort.
  • The interface is intuitive. It's easy to navigate and it looks nice. I don't like using programs that look 20 years old.
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Smartsheet

  • Smartsheet has been excellent for assigning tasks to teams. By entering my team member's contact information and a due date, I can easily set reminders to keep them on track and to notify me if anything is running behind.
  • Reports are an excellent way to pull information from multiple sheets. One of our teams uses this for each staff member to track their case load. Team leads are able to easily see the status of each assignment.
  • Smartsheet is easy to learn. We have staff ranging widely in age and technology use. The functionality of Smartsheet is like a mix of Excel and Google Docs with the additional perk of alerts and easy collaboration. We have found that anyone who has even basic experience with Excel can easily work in Smartsheet with a little extra guidance.
  • Conditional formatting automatically changes as a project is updated by you and/or your team. This makes it easy to identify where the project is on track and where it is falling behind with just a quick glance at your Gantt Chart or spreadsheet.
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Cons

MindManager

  • More shapes and themes. It has a lot, but more is always better.
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Smartsheet

  • I would like to have a little more flexibility when it comes to adding dates to my spreadsheet. Right now it had a set column.
  • As online software systems become more competitive pricing wise, it might be better to bring down the price of the basic package so that more people are interested in upgrading. Or add more features to the basic package, like a limited version of the team package.
  • I would prefer if it automatically saved, instead of needing me to physically hit the button.
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Likelihood to Renew

MindManager

MindManager 10.0
Based on 18 answers
MindJet has been vigorous about product improvement, and every version has brought new capability and excitement to the product
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Smartsheet

Smartsheet 8.9
Based on 20 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 8.2
Based on 4 answers
One of the best software programs ever. Always my go-to program for most things.
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Smartsheet

Smartsheet 9.2
Based on 5 answers
Smartsheet is a spreadsheet. Everyone is familiar with spreadsheets.
That being said, comparing Smartsheet to a spreadsheet is like comparing a Golf Cart to a Tesla.
Yea, they both have 4 wheels and run on electric power, but... (:
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Support

MindManager

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

Smartsheet

Smartsheet 6.8
Based on 5 answers
The product works great. The support team is responsive, but hardly ever needed. Training and consulting is free.
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Implementation

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Smartsheet

Smartsheet 9.7
Based on 5 answers
Know your team roles and the expectations of your supervisor—from the top down. Implementing Smartsheet was definitely an iterative process that required (and still requires) maintenance and fine-tuning. Although we have a new working tool and process, I expect that we will continue to improve both through the next few years.
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Alternatives Considered

MindManager

I have used various mindmapping applications over the years. Your list does not seem to have most of them. Lucid Charts is better for some specific applications like database mapping, Freemind is OK, Mindmeister, Smart Draw, Storm board, SImplemind, Xmind. MindManager is the best all round MindMapping tool that I have found - I can use it for pretty much anything
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Smartsheet

I was attempting to do all I've described with Google Sheets & SharePoint. Google Sheets didn't have all the functionality we needed. SharePoint was too difficult to set up and doesn't work well with Mac users. None of the solutions I listed could match Smartsheet's versatility and ease of use.
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Return on Investment

MindManager

  • Time Savings- MindManager has allowed us to save time by removing redundancy. We can now share notes in a single map. I estimate that we have saved 25% by sharing information in a single location.
  • Quality Improvement- Prior to MindManager, I would open PowerPoint or pull out sticky notes to start building a presentation. Now, I start with MindManager and start brainstorming on objective of the presentation, expectations of the audience, topics to cover, and visuals to add. I know the flow and effectiveness of my presentations has improved because I have seen the feedback.
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Smartsheet

  • At ~$500 for our team account, ROI was less than 1 month. In that 1st month we won 2 deals worth a total of $800k that we could absolutely tie to Smartsheet. Both customers stated that the Smartsheet we created for them... 1. Allowed them to clearly understand what products they owned 2. Accurately share the specifics of the deal internally. 2. This expedited the consensus that needed to be made and helped them confidently move forward.
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Pricing Details

MindManager

General

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

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Additional Pricing Details

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