5pm Project Management
| iPhone App
|| Loading screens generally take longer than most alternatives
| Incredible user interface
| Very easy to learn and use
| Enhanced reporting functions
5pm is a highly functional and user-friendly online project management and collaboration resource. 5pm is also incredibly intuitive so project managers and teams don’t have to keep referring to the “help” sections or invest a lot of time and resources in training teams on how to use the system. In fact, many project managers and teams find the system is straight to the point. It does not contain any unnecessary clutter that would slow project managers and users down.
5pm sports a very impressive user interface. Adding projects and tasks, and navigating from screen to screen can be done with ease due to the clever placing of the elements on the screen. As a result of this, each section and function of the system is clearly defined and no time is wasted searching for the right area. We have decided on 5 stars for the 5pm user interface due to the fact that there are no design flaws – the interface supports the system perfectly. Color coding and highlighting, record highlighting, and many more user interface features come together to prove that 5pm has one of the best and most functional user interfaces that exist.
After selecting or adding a project in the left-hand portion of the screen, users can navigate between info, activity, and files. This is a great feature and is designed very well for users to easily access and see all activity and files pertaining to a particular project. Gone are the days when project managers had to sift through tons of emails to find certain files pertaining to a particular project or client or even through files on a hard drive. Everything can be uploaded, shared, organized, and managed all through 5pm.
Like many online project management systems, 5pm features an activity log, which displays collaboration and file sharing between users. The aesthetically pleasing user interface makes this a very positive experience. As shown in the screenshot, it is very simple to add a task, file or message to the activity log. The system also allows adding progress notes, comments, and even files from Google Docs and Dropbox.
The timeline is fully interactive and allows users to drag and drop in order to reschedule. Additionally, it provides filtering support to display by project, by user type, and by group. Furthermore, like all good timelines, the timeline supports the following views:
– Daily View Wide
– Daily View
– Weekly View
– Monthly View
This aids project managers to both be able to see the intricacies of day to day tasks, and also gain a solid and meaningful understanding of the current state of the project over an entire week or month. 5pm’s timeline also allows users to “unfold” projects on the timeline, displaying each task within the project.
Reporting is also incredibly easy in 5pm. Users can run reports off groups, projects, clients, and even other users. Reports can also be based off time, a general report, a current workload report, and even a daily workload report. The reports built in 5pm are all tied to productivity, workload, and time spent on each project, which are incredibly useful and important for project managers.
The performance of 5pm has improved significantly over previous releases. Opening and navigating through the various screens can be done with little to no interruptions, and running reports is quick and efficient. The overall response time is high and there aren’t any known glitches. As discussed above, the user interface is extremely robust, more so than most online project management systems and we found that all the other positive aspects of 5pm far outweigh other systems.
Ease of Use
In regards to ease of use, 5pm has definitely got it right. From the first moment you log in, it is clear to see where all functions are located, and provides a meaningful overlook of each project in the system. For example, to see the activity log for a project, detailing all the latest information, simply click on the project and the activity log will be displayed in the right hand pane. Similarly, to see a complete list of files within a project, simply select the project and then click the [Files] tab. These little things promote the idea that 5pm is indeed an easy and intuitive system to use.
Overall, 5pm is highly recommended. Not only does it provide a memorable user interface, the functions it presents are well written and detailed, and can aid a project manager to effectively manage.
Additionally, more options and fine tuning for reporting and people management would be constructive, as currently while the functions work, there is nothing in particular that stands out against competitors. As for the scheduling and time management of projects, 5pm definitely knows what they are doing and we found the interactive Gantt chart to be highly useful and functional.