Slenke has been around since 2015, but you might not have heard of this Canadian-built project management software tool. There are two differentiators that the Slenke team pride themselves of from my research: the collaborative nature of the tool, and the comprehensive encryption offered for messages and files.
(Full disclosure: I was compensated for this article but the views expressed are my own and this is an honest review/tutorial of how I found it.)
Vendor: Slenke Inc
Hosting options: Online solution only.
Cost: There is a free option but it only allows you to have one project. Pricing starts at US$4.99 per month per user for up to 15 projects, but there are enterprise pricing options for larger businesses too.
Getting Started with Slenke.com
It’s easy to create an account and check out the features for free, to see if it’s a good fit for you.
You can be part of a department, project or group. There are privacy controls at each level so you only see what you are allowed to. These groupings allow you to take part in targeted conversations and keep the communication going between the various teams you might be part of.
You can also invite users from outside your organisation to be part of your team, which is helpful for when you are working with third parties.
The collaboration features mirror what you see in other big tools: messaging and file sharing are built in and work well. It is hard to test collaboration features with a small team over a short period of time – I get the feeling this could be a value-add option for teams but you’d see the value through continued collaboration over a project, not through a software review environment.
I liked the messaging interface. It felt very clean and Skype-like.
There are also Android and iOS apps. I downloaded the iPad app and it has a very similar look and feel to the web version. You can easily get started and work mobiley.
Read next: Collaboration Tools FAQ
Basic Features: Adding Tasks
You can add tasks in Slenke from the homepage dashboard, the Tasks main menu, or from within a project. The process is all pretty much the same. To add a task, go to the Tasks pane and type the task name in the box. Then click the paper aeroplane icon to add the task.
On the Tasks main menu, the tasks are added to the New section, which gives you a little prompt that you should add more detail if, like me, you took the lazy option and only added a task name.
When you click on a task, a panel opens up to let you add more information about the task or add updates and files.
There are benefits from adding tasks here instead of into a project view. When you add tasks from outside the project view, you can allocate them as ‘personal tasks’.
This is so useful! Lots of tools are so focused on project-driven options that the stuff you need to do in your daily work, like prepare an agenda for your PMO meeting, doesn’t fit within their framework. With Slenke, you can manage your whole To Do list from within the tool, even if some of your tasks aren’t work you can attribute to the project.