Improves your productivity. TaskMerlin will give you and your team a seamless experience over your Microsoft Windows network and requires only a second or two to view your action list or add new tasks. I found that the user can be confident that no details are being lost through the cracks and that the software keeps the user focused on the most important projects and deadlines. TaskMerlin integrates David Allen’s Getting-Things-Done methodology, providing ongoing productivity benefits for your entire team.
Adapts to your workflow style. Once you’ve created a bunch of tasks, it’s very easy to organize them into projects and add your own very useful information, such as status, priority, associated contacts and supporting documentation or links. It also allows you to reorganize your data at any time as your needs change…which as we all know can happen many times during a single project.
For those users who are used to working with Microsoft Office and Outlook or Google Calendar and Tasks, TaskMerlin has built-in support for importing your documents, tasks and appointments. If you are like me and you suffer from e-mail overload, TaskMerlin also provides an ideal place to manage your task-related e-mails, helping to keep your e-mail inbox emptier. Again, my use of the software was a bit limited since I am not a long-time user (yet?), but this was a very obvious benefit of the software and it was very readily apparent to me.
Keeps you informed. TaskMerlin provides several ways to keep you in the loop about what your team members are working on and for keeping you focused on what is most important at each moment. I know if I move forward with using this on a project, this will be a very crucial and helpful benefit to the project management process for me. Anything that can help me keep my team on target with the right tasks makes my job easier…and I am all for that! It includes a powerful task filtering capability that lets you immediately view crucial information such as the high priority tasks due in the next few days or whether or not everyone’s projects are on track.
A nice feature is that all tasks, statuses and associated contacts have images associated with them which provide important visual cues for quickly finding and evaluating the tasks you need to focus on. A related aspect is that tasks don’t require information beyond a summary, which gives your task lists a clean, uncluttered look.
Provides all the features you are used to and will always use. All the essential elements for managing projects are available to you. These include task lists, calendar, Gantt chart, search, reporting, reminders, and e-mail integration. One of the best features of TaskMerlin, though, is it doesn’t force a particular project management style or process on you. It is flexible and it lets you be flexible. If you prefer the unstructured simplicity of searchable task lists to the hierarchical order of Gantt charts, you can easily customize TaskMerlin to support that workflow style.
Note – and this is important to me and my projects – I found TaskMerlin to be very customizable. Just about every aspect of TaskMerlin is fully customizable such as task fields, toolbar buttons, view panes, reports, task types and statuses. You can even write your own reports, 3rd-party integration code or utilities via the TaskMerlin API.
Designed with your team in mind. TaskMerlin makes it easy for team members to view and update tasks over your workplace network. This collaboration, of course, is one more way to make the PM’s job easier. Furthermore, if you have global team members, or need the scalability and performance of Microsoft SQL Server, that is also supported right out of the box. You can choose to store the database on an in-house file server or have it managed in the cloud via Microsoft
Azure. Individual login customization, password security and user permissions are also fully supported.
If you’re having trouble keeping ahead of all the things your team are working on, then TaskMerlin may be the answer you’ve been looking for. It is very easy to get started with and provides strong support for team collaboration, whether that is in a local office, an enterprise department, or a remotely dispersed workplace environment.
Ready to try it?
Visit http://www.taskmerlin.com to learn more about TaskMerlin. You can download the 30-day trial edition at http://www.taskmerlin.com/download.aspx and find pricing at http://www.taskmerlin.com/order.aspx.