Proggio is right for your team? An Independent Review

Proggio is right for your team? An Independent Review

Full disclosure: Proggio was kind enough to pay me for this piece of work. However, my opinions are entirely my own.
This is a Proggio software review using Firefox browser in November 2018.
General Information
Name: Proggio
Vendor: Projectmap Ltd
Only available for cloud hosting
Languages: I did not see any options to alter the software language. Although you can enter data in any language, the menus and other information are only available in English.
Currencies: There are 10 currencies to choose, with the option of “Other” as an option.
Proggio Pricing: 14-day free trial You have the option to choose from Starter plan (3 projects for $8 per user) or Business plan (25) for $15 per user with 5 users.
First Impressions
Proggio is a task and project management tool that is visually appealing and easy to create schedules. The main selling point of Proggio is that it puts people at the center of projects, not tasks. This is done via workstreams (more about them later).
Proggio looks modern and clean, and I was immediately impressed by its ease of use.
How to create a project in Proggio
From the home page, click Create Project. This is slightly different to the Getting Started guide – a link was sent to me by email shortly after I registered. Although it was great to be able to access all the support links quickly, the Support Centre guides may not reflect what you see on your screen.
It doesn’t matter if you have a lot of brainpower, Create Project is what it takes to click.
It’s only the beginning of a great journey!
Adding Tasks and Creating a Project Map
You can create workstreams and teams within a project. As you might expect, workstreams are a collection of tasks that relate specifically to a team or activity. My last project had:
Data management
Legal
Marketing
IT
Change management
Governance

There are a few more. These can be dropped to the left side, where you would normally have all the tasks on the Gantt chart.
This is where the fun begins. Instead of adding tasks to your workstream headings as sub-lines, you create them directly as blocks on the timeline. This is the start of your project map. If it all looks too messy or you need to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, you can add a subworkstream.
Gantt charts in Proggio are redundant. The project map is drawn on a whiteboard in the same way you would draw them. It is a visual representation that shows how project sponsors view the project. It’s what you should put on the slides for your board. Instead of using Office Timeline to manage a different schedule in a different software program just to report, you can now see the entire project in a way that your board members can understand.
Proggio displays the timeline as a project plan. If that doesn’t seem detailed enough, you can open each task in the timeline and add the sub-tasks. The number inside the circle indicates that there are sub-tasks within the task.
The circle with the number indicates that there are subtasks within the line. Milestones
You can add milestones by double-clicking the correct date and entering your details. Be specific about the milestone names. They should be descriptive because they will help you to see how phases appear in your project portfolio view.
You can see my milestones in this screenshot. To mark the dates of the Project Board meetings, I added two milestones to the project map (both called Project Board).
The task descriptions in the Project Portfolio view are the milestone names. This is fine if you call them ‘Planning Phase’ and ‘Project Close’, but it’s just strange to see something called a ‘Project Board’ which lasts for several weeks.
ProggioAdding Dependencies’ milestones are represented by the lines and flags
It is easy to add dependencies!
As you would connect boxes in Visio, or add dependencies.