Clarizen: Project Management Without Project Managers

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picture-81Many professionals find themselves leading a team and in the position of being “project manager” without having asked for the job. Often, this involves the hair-pulling “collaboration and management” tool of choice: MS Project.

Rather than managing your MS Project application, wouldn’t it be better to manage the actual project instead? That’s where Clarizen hopes to come in. This new tool to the (now) old arena of project management apps is aimed towards non-managers who find themselves needing to act as project manager.

The interface is simple and intuitive, but not short on features. The Web-based application itself takes a unique approach to project management. It starts from a collaborative planning focus and allows for launch and execution of project goals before the entire project has been laid out and planned. Most project management tools require the entire project be laid out first.

Best of all, this collaboration can take place between any people or groups who are part of the project, whether they’re in the same organization or not. So a team project requiring sub-contractors, in partnership with another company, etc., can be done collectively without one group being left out or having to liaise through another.

A good example of this could be a fairly complex e-commerce website in which one person (the site owner) hires several sub-contractors to work together to build the site itself. The Web Designer, Developer, security consultant, and even the site host can all become part of the virtual team through Clarizen. Along with any extra people they bring in to help as well.

Since all aspects of the project can be “put on hold” (called “draft mode”) or activated so members of the team can work on them, the whole thing doesn’t have to be planned and set in stone before it begins. This allows for flow around obstacles and for work to continue if a particular aspect falls through and needs retooling or design.

The app is affordable and very useable and has been online and running strong for over a year. Clarizen received $15 million in venture funding last year and looks poised to continue going strong for some time.

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4 Comments
  1. Dave

    March 9, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Clarizen is certainly a strong contender in the project collaboration space. They seem to be more focused on the higher end of the features spectrum–heading towards the space occupied by companies such as @task. We've started cataloging Clarizen and other products in the project collaboration space at: http://www.projectcollaborationcenter.com to help people sort through the noise and find a tool that is a good fit for their needs.

  2. Ron

    July 9, 2009 at 9:29 am

    I recently read an article about MS Project. The authors were praising the software and complaining about project managers who didn't know how to use it correctly. LOL. They were recommending managers to find trainings and spend months on learning to use MS Project appropriately. I have just one question, was MS Project made for real people and real projects then? I really love the fact that more and more lighter tools emerge these days. Tools like Clarizen or Wrike are much easier to use than MS Project. You don't need training to know how to use their features. These tools will bring more benefits to managers, as they are focused on collaboration. Not to mention the fact that they are at least 5 times more affordable than Project.

  3. Ron

    July 9, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I recently read an article about MS Project. The authors were praising the software and complaining about project managers who didn't know how to use it correctly. LOL. They were recommending managers to find trainings and spend months on learning to use MS Project appropriately. I have just one question, was MS Project made for real people and real projects then? I really love the fact that more and more lighter tools emerge these days. Tools like Clarizen or Wrike are much easier to use than MS Project. You don't need training to know how to use their features. These tools will bring more benefits to managers, as they are focused on collaboration. Not to mention the fact that they are at least 5 times more affordable than Project.

  4. manu

    January 19, 2011 at 9:21 am

    This blog is very nice and its work is very fine.
    MS-Project is the best step for my career growth, and this is the basic software of Primavera.I learnt MS-Project from EBEES (Engineering Business Experts and Emerging Solution) at Ditt. Center Janakpuri.

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