Keep all your project information in one place
Visualise your workflow
Threads® project collaboration software solves some of the problems that other project management tools struggle to deliver. Here are some of the features that set it apart from other collaboration tools:
PRECISE ACCESS PERMISSIONS: You can set up access permissions easily for every unit of information, be it a task, a document, a discussion or any other thread type.
Benefits: You share only the required information with each person working on a project: this is especially helpful if you work in flexible teams, perhaps using contractors, freelancers or external consultants, or involve some specialists on an ad-hoc basis. Every person doesn’t always need to access all the information. Also there’s no need for confusing workarounds such as having one project for internal discussions and another for discussions with your client.
FLEXIBLE NOTIFICATION SETTINGS: Notification settings can be modified for each individual thread and each update. The activity stream has an advanced filter that allows users to focus on updates that are important for them.
Benefits: People on your team get only relevant updates, meaning less distractions and more productive work. They are also more likely to read updates and act on them. Many collaboration tools criticise usage of e-mail, but at the same time send their users a lot of irrelevant notification messages.
CONFIGURABLE SEARCHES AND FILTERS: Threads® allows you to focus on the data you need by giving you a powerful data search facility and the ability to save your search.
Benefits: Focusing only on a required piece of information and breaking down long lists of tasks into manageable chunks improves productivity and helps with better decisions-making.This is expecially beneficial when managing tasks across multiple projects, which can become overwhelming.
Capturing your ideas is easy with Threads’ “quick note” functionality.
It is literally as fast as using notepad software – just type something in quick note box and click enter.
It is equally easy to create and assign tasks. You can set a priority and a deadline, enter estimated time to complete the task, as well as other task options.
Comments relevant to the task can be entered by different team members.
Once the work is finished you can close it or easily reassign to another person for verification.
While working on a task, we can gain some new knowledge, and this is captured in comments. Threads makes it easy to store this knowledge: instead of closing a task, just convert it into the “document”, perhaps re-writing the body of the document, and adding some tags for classification.
All task assigned to you can easily be accessed by clicking on the “my tasks” shortcut.
You can monitor what’s going on with your tasks by looking at the activity page.
Tracking thousands of tasks is not a problem with Threads due to its powerful filter. You can filter and sort by all task properties such as project, author, assigned person and custom tags. You can also search tasks by a keyword.
You can save your searches and access them quickly at a later time by clicking on a saved search link. This increases productivity by allowing users to focus on a slice of information they need.
Keeping on top of project issues is a breeze with Threads.
The status update field can help you to quickly scan state of issues you are dealing with. And tags will help to arrange issues in related groups.
Threads can also be used to capture, share and distribute knowledge within your company.
We’ve already mentioned how fast it is to capture your ideas using the Threads web collaboration tool. A little housekeeping will make your knowledge database work, but it is well worth it.
Using Threads you can create discussions for brainstorming and gathering ideas. You can organise those discussions in FAQs, case studies and insights by applying tags.
You can use notes to notify your team members about important updates. You can also start discussions and keep everyone updated by switching on email notifications.
Notification settings are very flexible in Threads. You can set up (or suspend) notifications per message or update so you don’t distract people with every minor comment but at the same time ensure that all relevant collaborators are alerted and informed.
You can use thread to create a wiki-like knowledge database. An online editor can be used for text formatting and you can link to other documents you have created.
All documents can easily be accessed by selecting a project and then clicking on a document tab. You can attach document or other files to any thread and then use an advanced search to filter only those threads that contain attachments.
Collaborative software is a broad concept and relates to another term “computer-supported cooperative work” (CSCW). Old-hat groupware solutions are part of CSCW.
Software products such as email, wiki, calendaring, text chat, bookmarking, and video-conferencing tools also serve the collaborative needs of business. “Social software” is something that applies to websites used outside the workplace, for example social networking sites like Facebook Twitter and Pinterest. But business networking sites such as LinkedIn or Ecademy can form an important part of a company’s business marketing strategy.
Enterprise social collaboration tools are more focused on internal communications and information dissemination within a large organisation.
A collaborative working environment (CWE) relates to usage of collaborative software in the workspace. Traditionally those workspaces are organised by using solutions from major vendors like Microsoft (Sharepoint) and Lotus (Notes).
Threads® can be used to complement all of the above-mentioned tools and technologies; and in some cases it can be used to replace them.