April 10, 2019
An interesting project management solution that offers a good amount of customizability for project and task organization.
What if spreadsheets were just as flexible as they are now, but simple to use and easily reconfigured to display data differently? When we look at Monday.com, we get the feeling that this was the team’s inspiration.
At first glance, Monday.com looks like pretty standard project management software. There’s a list view, a timeline for viewing tasks, chart views, assignees, and so on.
Dig a little deeper, however, and you’ll see that Monday.com is all about customization. It features drag-and-drop design, editable columns, and rows that can be used for pretty much anything.
Instead of just rows and rows of tasks, Monday.com relies on what it calls ‘pulses’, which can be used for tasks, projects, or even clients. It’s an interesting take on project management software that allows for a lot of customization – but it’s not perfect. Monday.com lacks sub-tasks and task dependencies, for example, requiring workarounds for what are pretty fundamental features for its competitors.
Nevertheless, for businesses that need a high degree of customization, Monday.com might be the way to go.
Flexible ‘pulses’ can be used as tasks or smaller projects
Automations and integrations are suitable for novices and power users
Lacks features that are common on other platforms, such as task dependencies
What is Monday.com?
Founded in 2012 as “dapulse,” Monday.com isn’t quite a newcomer to project management, but the company is still filling out its product. The company only added checklists to its ‘pulses’ a few years ago, for example, and it’s still working on integrations with popular services such as Salesforce and the time tracking tool, Harvest, which Asana has had for a while.
Nevertheless, one thing it does have that is very mature is its high degree of customization. The idea with Monday.com is that you can organize it to suit your needs. For example, you can rename ‘pulse’ columns, drag them around into the order you like, and even add more – including some items you don’t usually find, such as the ability to do sums. You can even export all that data to an Excel spreadsheet if you need to.
It’s an interesting approach to project management software that allows for a great degree of flexibility in hierarchy, especially compared to other project management options. But it is still a work in progress that lacks some common features you’ll find elsewhere. The company is not big on the idea of subtasks, for example, and offers a workaround for dependencies using its automation feature.
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Monday.com Video Overview: Project Management in Action
This video is a very good overview of the basic features of Monday.com, and offers a good understanding of how to use “pulses.”
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