Also in February there is news of selected project management tools. We stay in the cloud software space and ask these questions:
- Is there a new feature in the project management software?
- Have small adjustments been made?
- Are there any changes at the manufacturing company?
PM Tools News and Trends February 2021
- Asana provides the project overview for team entry
- monday.com offers a neat Gantt chart
- Wrike to cost Citrix $2.25 billion in acquisition
Asana with new project overview and chat functionality
Asana offers two major new features for easier project management and team communication as of February 2021 (more):
- With the project overview you now have a central possibility to set up the most important information about the project for new team members or even for the first kickoff.
- With internal messages, you can also completely dispense with external tools (chats, etc.). You can also communicate 1:1 to team members.
In the first release notes you will also find smaller news like a grid view of the own tasks or a history of the past goals (more).
awork with even more individual custom dashboards
The focus in February this time is on the finer design of a dashboard. awork gives users the possibility to run in-depth analyses of existing projects via the connection to Google Sheets. The only sticking point: you should have experience or fun with lines of code – these are necessary, even if awork provides assistance (more).
Confluence with Team Calendar Integration
- Confluence takes a team calendar to the cloud for premium users. Thus, external calendars of users can be integrated and displayed in Confluence (more).
- Smaller adjustments like the possibility to turn images into buttons via link (more) as well as UX improvements in the Confluence app (more) are also part of it.
factro with new rights assignment for groups
When you work in teams as a company, you don’t want to individually assign permissions to all projects. factro offers a corresponding extension in February, so that you can now also assign rights at the group level. For example, your marketing team may represent a group and have different rights to Human Resources (more).
InLoox extends the Starter Edition
InLoox has no major updates but extends the free Starter Edition until the end of 2021. Actually, this rate variant should only be available until the end of 2020 (more).
MeisterTask without Updates
MeisterTask without major updates. For this there are small improvements as usual for cloud tools
- Design updates when editing comments
- A new dialog for importing projects
- etc. (more)
monday.com with Gantt Chart for more complex projects
monday.com finally takes the step and offers a muchimproved Gantt Chart. The former Timeline was more of a toy for “real” project managers. Now projects can be planned with milestones, dependencies and project phases. The view can extend from days to months, quarters or years. Of course, this feature is also interesting for agile projects, because here you also need an overall view of the schedule every now and then (more*).
MS Project for the Web with attachments for all users
- Attachments in tasks for all users: you can attach files to tasks (more).
Stackfield without updates
There are no new features at Stackfield.
Todoist new in the news
Even if Todoist is not a full-fledged project management software for everyone, the tool can serve well in some projects and may be sufficient for management and planning. Doist, as a vendor, provides regular updates that are listed in the ChangeLogs per application (more).
Trello offers new butler commands
Trello improves automation capabilities with “Butler”. This function makes it possible to chain certain actions together or to start them in dependence on each other. With the latest update, commands are added which
- Perform an action at specific times
- Perform actions repeatedly
- Send email notifications
- Start HTTP requests
Wrike costs Citrix $2.25 billion
Mostly the news is about product updates. At Wrike we also have corporate news this time. A takeover by Citrix has been decided and 2.25 billion US dollars will be paid as a compensation sum (more).
Of course, there are also updates to the tool itself:
- In Wrike Labs, there are new features related to resource management and bookings (more).
- New integrations for SharePoint and MediaValet are available (more).
Conclusion Project Management Software News February 2021
A lot has happened in the world of online PM tools. The new Gantt Chart at monday.com* is likely to be of particular interest to many users, bringing it into focus for more traditional project managers as well.
Looking at the overall market, it remains to be said that the acquisition of Wrike* by Citrix makes it clear how much potential there still is. There are now extremely many tools and yet the growth rates of various tools remain in double-digit percentages.
Have you noticed any other news from the industry?
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