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Monday Review: Is a Mixed Bag, Here’s Why

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Monday Review: Is a Mixed Bag, Here’s Why

If you’ve followed our series of reviews you may have heard us mention Monday.com as an alternative to other apps.

 

The program formerly known as Dapulse makes a strong candidate for work management rather than full-on projects, sporting an interface similar to AirTable and Asana. It’s also highly customizable for personal organization needs.

 

What may prevent a switch or initial commitment to Monday is its price tiers. In fact, Monday is one of the most expensive software choices we’ve reviewed.

 

As always, this review will be out of five. Let’s get started!

Monday.com Features

Score: 4 / 5

Monday’s organization style is best described as comfortably collaborative spreadsheets. Everyone on the team can record tasks and track updates as the project progresses.

 

Like with Trello, teams can update their boards (which are essentially spreadsheets) and can customize their boards for their personal organization needs and preferences.

 

Need to take tedious tasks out of the management procedures? Monday’s automation feature assists in regulating them, allowing teams to focus on their project rather than the delegating of assignments.

 

There’s also an integration feature. This tool allows users to merge other apps with the software. If your team uses other apps like Slack to communicate or create, simply integrating them into Monday could increase team productivity and allow for a more efficient system.

Ease of Use

Score: 4 / 5

A high number of users cite the software having a visually comfortable interface. There are multiple ways to view the software, too. It’s intuitive, lending itself to easy learning or introduction.

 

As we mentioned before, a user familiar with Trello or Asana may have an easier time learning Monday. Similarly, the plethora of boards and cards could be confusing for some first-time users.

 

Monday’s automation feature also aids in shortening the learning curve. And all of the features translate well onto the mobile app, available for iOS and Android.

Monday.com Cost

Score: 3.5 / 5

The most confusing part of Monday.com would be the pricing tiers and how they break down. So let’s take this slowly.

 

There are four pay tiers: Basic, Standard, Pro, and Enterprise. All excluding Enterprise have a free trial period.

 

The tiers differ in price depending on the size of the team which is expressed as seats. The lowest number of seats is three and you have the ability to sign upwards of 200 people.

 

Prices start at $8, $10, and $16 for each seat per month respectively, while Enterprise on any level requires a consultation.

 

So if there are three people on the team under the Basic tier, the monthly cost is going to be $24.

 

But if your team grows by one, you must upgrade to the five-person tier. This differs from other software which allow an increase by person.

 

The farther away the team is from the set number, the less economical the tier is.

Monday Alternatives

  •       Trello – similar user interface, more economic price tiering, highly customizable tools
  •       AirTable – less expensive, geared towards creative projects, similar interface

Final Score – 3.8 / 5

Though other products tend to impress PM users more, Monday.com puts up a good fight. The task management and automation tools certainly make it a viable option. Due to its permanent pricing tiers, some teams may not find the investment totally worth it.

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