TeamGantt is used for project management via gantt chart model. Those familiar with this process use a timeline approach to setting up groups, tasks, dependencies, and resources.
TeamGantt was founded in 2009 by John Correlli and Nathan Gilmore with the goal of creating a good way to schedule projects. After early beta testing, the app was officially launched in November 2010. Unique visitors to the site ranges between 500 and 1,500 per month.
The bottom line is that this is completely based on gantt charts. Many project management tools have their own interfaces, such as Basecamp, where anyone can familiarize themselves with the system quickly. With TeamGantt, some knowledge of gantt charts is very helpful. This may limit their reach if the users are unfamiliar with the process.
The positive is, of course, the visual nature of being able to view the entire project, task, assignments, milestones, and dependencies in one places. This is a very intuitive way to easily view the status of a project.
Once registered, the user is directed to their home page, where they will be able to view active projects and enter new projects. Initially, however, the Getting Started section offers tutorial videos to assist the user in becoming familiar with the application.
The overview video is very brief and information is provided quickly. Luckily, there are supplemental videos that explain each step. It helps if the user has some familiarity with Gantt charts, and the associated terminology, as project scheduling tools as this is the system used here.
To begin a new project, the user enters a Project name and chooses a template design. Blank, basic, and demo project templates are available. A start date must be entered. The user must indicate whether to import existing notes or comments from the template and what days are considered working days for the project.
During review, we used a demo project template. A basic template requires entry of all groups, tasks, subgroups, etc. For testing purposes, the demo template has basic information entered and the user can practice working with the application prior to beginning use with a team.
Each element may be moved via drag and drop, which makes edits to groups and tasks extremely easily. Tasks can also be extended via handles on each bar. Double clicking a task also provides a menu for editing details such as start and end dates, % complete, colors assigned to the task, the group, assignment of resources and dependencies. This menu also contains an option for upload of any task-relevant documents as well as comments. Notes can be threaded comments of sticky notes, which will stay at the top of the thread for reference. Most of this information, except the comments, can be completed from within the chart itself. Drag and drop may also be used on the task list on the left hand side of the screen to reorder, add subgroups, tasks, or new groups.
Resources may be added or taken away with a menu generated from hovering over the task bar.
Tasks may be filtered by resources: user, company, or project. Projects may be viewed by task due dates as well.
This application is relatively easy to use, especially for those familiar with gantt charts, but is quite easy to learn for those who are not.
Registration for the thirty day free trial requires first and last name, company, email, and password. Once entered, the user is asked to sign in with email address and password.
All plans begin with a 30 day free trial with no credit card information needed. The three plans offered are the Starter plan at $10/month which includes 5 users, 5 projects, and 1 GB file storage. The Team plan includes unlimited users, 20 projects, and 5 GB file storage for $29 per month. The Business plan includes unlimited users, unlimited projects, and 20 GB file storage for $79 per month.
This project management tool is most useful for businesses who need a good, visual way to track projects and easily manage them. Once the language of a gantt chart is learned, the app is easy and intuitive. The blog helps clarify some of the information and the videos are very informative.