Pretty much all project management software products have a common set of elements. Take a product like Teamwork. It includes things like Tasks, Calendar, Resources and Budgets and so on. What’s the difference between Teamwork and Breeze?
So, broadly comparing feature lists of Breeze with Teamwork, (or most any other project management tool for that matter) we get something that looks like this:
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So, on paper, sure, yeah, you can compare Breeze with Teamwork on a checkbox list of features to see what is included or missing. And for all the main elements that are needed to achieve competent project management, you’ll get something like the above. But it doesn’t really help you to make a choice.
What really counts is how well these elements relate to one another. There’s two parts to this. There’s the technical thing underneath, its functionality, how it actually works. And then there’s the User Experience, how easy it is for you interact with it and what it looks and feels like.
Depending on the needs of your industry, you might need some specialized elements. If you’re in an industry like software or marketing, or doing financial auditing, you might require some unique features. Some might allow more customization than others to let you tune it for how you want to work with it.
Unfortunately, the amount of customization and how well you can make it work the way you want is something that is very difficult to get across with a features checklist.
Another thing that is tricky to get across with checklists and words is that Teamwork is a very complicate project management tool and takes some figuring out to get set up properly. One of the key advantages of Breeze is that we built it to be supremely easy to use for both informal, Kanban-style projects as well as for more formal, serious project management applications.
To really understand how well thought out a product is, how easy it is to use and how well it helps you do what you want to achieve, the only way is to get first-hand experience by going hands-on with the software. Really, for any project management tool that you are thinking about buying, the best advice is to take a free trial of the software and properly test it.
A good way to do this is to run it in parallel with some real projects you are working on. Duplicate what you are doing with your existing live system (or manual process), and make it a real-world test and see how well it is matched to the way your business works.