5pm – Two Key Features to Help You Manage Your Projects
5pm is one of the leading online on-demand project management applications that helps project managers keep a track of their teams and activities. So what are the key features offered by 5pm to help successfully manage projects?
The comprehensive Timeline view, offered by 5pm, gives a Gantt chart visualization of projects and their related tasks. In this way, the project manager can see a chart of where activities will fall throughout the project with an instant view of durations and dependencies, where tasks are attached to each other. The introduction of dependencies is yet another new improvement for 5pm.
Within the Timeline view, tasks can be filtered to only show those of interest, for example, those that are due to start within a selected time period. The Timeline view can show tasks on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, letting you see more or less detail as suits your need.
A key feature of the timeline is that the user can very simply drag tasks around on the screen to make changes to the schedule!
In summary, the timeline offers:
- Daily, weekly & monthly options for the view
- Application of filters: on a Group, Project, User, Date Range and Status basis
- Drag-and-drop projects and tasks to make changes – also moves dependent tasks
- Automatic refresh of the view to show any changes
- Ability to print the Timeline view
- Creation of dependencies between tasks
5pm’s integration with email is another key feature. So how does this functionality help the project manager?
When new projects, tasks and other 5pm items are created or existing ones are updated, a notification can be sent automatically, by email. These notifications can go to the whole team or specific individuals.
Conversely, the user can create new tasks and messages, make task assignments and even attach files within a project directly from an email message! In fact, by sending an email to email@example.com to create a task and including the email addresses of your team members, those team members will then be automatically added to the project!
So, if you’re out and about with only your smartphone on you, you can still interact directly with your 5pm account to set up and manage your projects.