The internet has been primed as a simple and powerful time tracking and task assigning tool for quite a while. The issue with a lot of project management software these days is that it has an idea of how to best run a workflow. They design what they consider to be an efficient structure, and then lock the user into using that structure.
The problem with this design is that projects are not cookie cutter affairs. Each one has its own unique character and requirements, and it makes no sense to design a management system that doesn’t allow the user to structure their work the way that works best for them.
Similarly, other collaboration solutions don’t have the flexibility to develop multiple projects with multiple teams, each with separate jobs and responsibility levels. The user is highly restricted in what they can accomplish because they can’t work with everybody they need to in an efficient way. That’s why BamBam! was necessary.
With an easy interface, this online solution is usable by almost anyone. But the ease of use in no way diminishes from the sheer amount of different tasks that BamBam! is able to accomplish. By integrating various other systems, BamBam! becomes highly customizable, crafting what it provides to the needs of the user.
How It Works
Ultimately, BamBam! is a project management service that gets its power by stripping away a lot of the fluff that conventional software adds in. There is a perception that in order to attract more customers, it’s important for software developers to add more bells and whistles to the product, but what usually happens is that it then becomes unwieldy, difficult to use, and resource heavy. BamBam! starts simply, then allows managers to build their needs outward from there.
The platform itself really is a great answer for companies that don’t find sufficient power in the workflow solutions otherwise available, web developers and software companies, engineering companies, service companies of all sorts including movie studios and workshops, and any company working on ISO standards. It’s especially good for businesses that manage projects for other firms, since it can be customized to address different team members and group them according to project and client. That being said, it can be used as easily to run a home by enterprising parents, or get a local play off the ground.
What makes the system really spectacular, though, is that there are additional modules that can be integrated with the core system. Chime, for example, is a time tracking module that can be added to keep people on track. Similarly, if there is wiki work to be done, Anchor can be used within the same system in order to create and edit entries.
What It Fixes
It’s also important to note the problems that BamBam! fixes as compared to other task management tools. For example, many similar tools have highly restricted layouts, making it impossible to actually view a project in a way that makes sense to the user. This can be an enormous problem, especially when a manager needs to use a diverse team, even ones who have been trained on a variety of other programs in the past.
Similarly, many other programs or applications have highly limited workflow options that make it difficult to structure the project being worked on in a way that makes sense for that individual task. There are a number of presets available for common workflow architectures, but they are not the only options and BamBam! remains highly customizable.
The use of the “milestones” option is related to the customization aspect of the system. It allows a project manager to easily break a larger project into smaller pieces, giving the team an opportunity to see a tangible measure of their progress and better plan for future steps. Again, this is designed to be able to suit the user and allow them to work in the best way for them.
The use of various modules mean that it’s easy to involve only the things that are necessary for the work at hand, and they can be added at any point. For example, a manager who notices a drop in efficiency can add the Chime module so that the people working on it can better keep track of their productivity. Coding may not be an issue until something is added that makes it important, so Springloops can be used in order to monitor version tracking and prevent duplicate work.
How It Stacks Up Against Competitors
When compared to similar platforms, BamBam! really does shine. For example, it is much easier to use than Assembla, which is not very well designed for rapid workflow changes, or Confluence which is far closer to a wiki-based platform than tasks requiring this sort of power need. In many ways, it is similar to Basecamp in that both have embraced the “less is more” ideal, but Basecamp has taken it a little too far and lacks the functionality that a manager really needs to do any sort of advanced tasks, and is basically just a platform for sharing messages and files. Kapost is a similar platform, but ultimately is more suited toward publishing and blogging than for general project management.
Teambox is one of the closest analogues to BamBam!, but even then it’s pretty superficially connected. Both are good team-oriented project management platforms, but Teambox basically just uses an email system with a comment-cum-reply structure in place to continue to be able to talk to one another. It’s not very different from a basic email list when you really look at it. Teamlab suffers from a similar problem in that it tries to accomplish the same task as BamBam!, making it easier to create workflow systems that keep people on track and can organize teams, but the problem is that while Teambox uses email as its basic system inspiration, Teamlab uses blogs as the approach to a UI.
That is not to say that BB! hasn’t learned important lessons from other communication formats. That’s one of the reasons why it has an internal messaging service with, again, customizable permissions so it’s easy to control who sees what and who can add their thoughts to what ideas. It just doesn’t rely on these paradigms in its design, so it doesn’t have their restrictions.
How It Could Be Better
If there is a significant drawback to BamBam!, it’s in the advanced features. They are very clearly there, in that they are advertised widely. The problem is that there aren’t really a lot of good ways of figuring out exactly where they are or how they work. The tutorial for the basic features is very easy to find, very cleverly laid out, and helps a user walk away with a sense of knowing how to use the system.
However, if a person wants to know how to set up multiple teams for different clients with varying levels of access for different members within that team to different projects, then it requires quite a bit of time trying to figure it out. And considering a lot of features require other people, you either need to invite friends to help you test it out, or you need to risk your clients getting the impression that you don’t know what you’re doing. Neither option is very good.
What this really is pointing to is that the UI is highly customizable, but its default setup isn’t very intuitive, which is a problem since a project manager or team member really needs an understandable UI in order to create an understandable UI for themselves. No level of customization is useful if somebody doesn’t know how to customize what they’re doing in the first place.
Why Aren’t You Using This?
As far as price goes, it really can’t be beat. The first ten users are free, after that it is $7 per month per user with an unlimited amount of storage and projects. The low cost makes it great for start-ups and small teams as well as reasonably priced towards enterprise clients.
Overall, BamBam! is a fantastic platform for any number of uses. Of course, it does have a business-heavy bent to it, but that doesn’t mean it can or should be exclusively used that way. Really, it’s a simple organizational system that gives a user the option to make it more complex as they need, allowing them to build everything from the power of their system to the number of users incrementally.
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Here Are The Lucky Winners
We are glad to announce the winners for BamBam! giveaway. They are:
- Carlos Abreu
- Discotoast Inc
- Reinaldo Díaz
- Jason Drilon
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