April 8, 2019
A newcomer to the world of project management software focusing on organizational structure and helpful built-in tools.
If you were to ask ClickUp what it brings to project management that other software providers don't, it would be hierarchy. How you organize your material is a key part of any workflow, and to hear ClickUp tell it, competitors like Mavenlink just aren't up to the task. That's why it’s created a hierarchy that is meant to be more flexible and better organized.
But one person's streamlined efficiency is another person's chaos. ClickUp's hierarchy descends from Teams > Spaces > Projects > Lists > Tasks, which may be overly complicated for some; however, it offers a nice amount of compartmentalization between different clients or company departments, which is helpful once you get used to it.
Very usable free version
Powerful user tools
Minimal third-party integrations
What is ClickUp?
San Francisco-based ClickUp entered the world of project management software in 2016. The company came into being as a result of dissatisfaction with other project management tools, which either offered too much or too little. ClickUp sees its product as right in the middle, between software that is too complex and others that are too simple.
It offers a good range of customizable options, and a lot of its key features are available in the free version. That's a key distinction, since other service providers hide basic features such as task dependencies behind higher payment tiers. This in turn forces users to pay for the more expensive versions to get a fully usable product.
That's not to say ClickUp isn't without its problems. Even in what it sees as striking a balance between simplicity and complexity, there may still be too much of the latter for some users' tastes.
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ClickUp Video Overview: See It in Action
This video from ClickUp offers a high level view of the company's product, including a basic tour of the interface, how to create tasks, and a look at custom statuses.
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