Full disclosure: Proggio were kind enough to pay for my time to do this piece of work, but all opinions are my own.
This is a review of Proggio software using Firefox browser, in November 2018.
Vendor: Projectmap Ltd
Hosting options: Cloud only
Languages: I didn’t see any options to change the software language
Currencies: 10 currencies to choose from, with the option of ‘Other’ as well
Proggio Pricing: Free 14-day trial. Then the option of Starter plan (3 projects, currently $8 a user) or Business plan (25 projects, currently $25 per user with 5 viewers).
Proggio is task and project management software that looks visually attractive and is fast to build out schedules. The main selling point is that you put people at the heart of projects, not tasks, and this is accomplished via workstreams (more on them later).
Proggio looks clean and modern and my first impressions were that it wouldn’t have a steep learning curve.
How to Create a Project in Proggio
Click Create Project from the home page. This is slightly different from the Getting Started guidance – a link to this came on email as soon as I had registered. While it was great to have easy access to all the support links, the Support Centre guides don’t look like they 100% reflect what you see on screen.
It doesn’t matter though, you don’t need too much brainpower to work out that Create Project is what you need to click.
Plus, things only get better from here!
Adding Tasks and Making a Project Map
Within a project, you create teams and workstreams. Workstreams are, as you would expect, buckets of tasks that relate to a particular activity or team. On my last project we had:
- Data management
- Change management
And a few others. Drop those down the left-hand side where you’d normally have all the tasks on a Gantt chart.
Here’s where it starts to get interesting. Instead of adding tasks as subsidiary lines under your workstream headings, you create them direct as blocks on the timeline. This is the beginning of your project map. It it’s all starting to look messy, or you want to manage parallel tasks, you can add a sub-workstream which is simply a parallel track of the same workstream.
In Proggio, Gantt charts are redundant. The project map looks like you would draw things out on a whiteboard. It’s a visual representation of how most project sponsors think about the project. It’s what you’re expected to put on slides for the board. Now, instead of having to use Office Timeline to manage a completely different schedule in a different software tool just for reporting you have the whole top level view of the project presented in a way that your project board members will understand.
If that isn’t detailed enough for you, open up each timeline task and add in the sub-tasks. The little circle with a number inside appears to show you that the task has sub-tasks within it.Click for more