Managing Projects & Getting Things Done, at the Same Time

| December 30th, 2008 | , ,

Most online task management tools available today are great for helping the task-oriented individual or small business get things done. Once we’ve settled on one that matches our personality and worfklow style, we set about entering tasks and managing them. Intervals is very much like other hosted task management apps in this regard. The primary difference is that Intervals is a group task management tool, meaning, it’s designed for managing not only your own tasks, but others as well.

Managing your own tasks is straightforward enough. And if that is all you need, a more basic tool like Remember the Milk or Basecamp may suit you better. However, if you are part of a team in a small business environment you will need a more comprehensive task management tool capable of handling a group environment.

Intervals excels as a group task management app because it was designed to be one from the start. Every feature we build into the app is scrutinized through two primary personae, the project manager and the resource. For Intervals to be successful in this niche, it must provide an intuitive experience for both. The project manager requires the ability to not only manage his own workload, but to manage the workloads of others. While the resource is usually most happy addressing their own workload and not being burdened with the tasked responsibilities of others.

There are several ways in with Intervals addresses the dual nature of its audience, but perhaps the most powerful interface utility is saved filters. Intervals users can save different views of project lists, task lists, and the home page (And, Intervals always remembers the last thing you were looking at, so going back to your task list doesn’t reset the view). Saving filtered views of your milestones and tasks makes it incredibly quick and easy to access the information you need. For example, a project manager can quickly toggle between her assigned responsibilities and the delegated responsibilities of her team.

Our goal with Intervals is to create an online space that adapts to your workflow so that you may find it easier, perhaps even fun, to manage your projects and get things done, all in one place.

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