In the middle of a desert or on the north pole, the daily-job of Denis and his coworkers is to find oil & gas. When we found out that they use Producteev to manage these enormous projects, we definitely wanted to know more.
Hello Denis, tell us about you and your company.
I unfortunately can’t disclose all the details but we are a subsidiary of a Russian major oil & gas company operating on an exploration in Middle East: we’re looking for oil and maybe gas. We have lots of external stakeholders, such as a local government, Ministry of Natural Resources, our Parent Company, shareholders, partners, environmental organizations, etc. All of them interact with us on daily basis and we need to keep track of all incoming requests.
What are the roles of you and your team?
I’m the Finance Manager of the project. I supervise all finance operations, including accounting, budgeting, new business opportunities, etc. Our finance and commercial team is comprised of eight people including myself. We have three locations: Russia, the Netherlands, and Middle East. We’re lucky we have all people in our team very familiar with web-technologies, so implementing Producteev was easy.
How can Producteev help you?
We have a Business Analyst in our team, who manages all agendas and task tracking by working within Producteev. The Business Analyst encourages everyone to complete tasks, post notes explaining what has been done, checks late tasks, records tasks, and introduces new people on the project team (besides finance - geologists, IT, legal, HR) to Producteev. I personally conduct training sessions explaining to newcomers how to work with Producteev and I use it to post some simple tasks and notes on the go, which I populate with more detail when I’m at my desk.
What feature do you use most in Producteev?
I use activity reports and natural language task creation. Some of our colleagues find it convenient to work with emails to report on tasks and attach notes, while others like apps on Mac, iPhone, and Android.
How did you manage your tasks before you used Producteev?
Simple notebooks and basic Microsoft Outlook to-do lists, then Excel spreadsheet with columns: Task, Responsible, Planned Start Date, Actual Finish Date… But synchronizing everyone and making online modifications has been a problem. Then I saw Producteev online and showed it to my boss and our Business Analyst. The major driver for switch was the cross-platform availability. My boss signed off on using Producteev when he saw the notifications list on his Galaxy Note’s big screen.
At the end of the day are you a “my list is empty” person or more of an “okay, now I have to reschedule all those tasks for tomorrow” person?
I used to be a “have to clear out all inbox before end of day” person, but as the business’ pace increases – some tasks will span over more than one day and you just have to work with it with best tool you have available, and not clutter your head with many small things.
Thank you Denis and good luck with this giant project!
A few moths ago, Producteev adopted the best and nicest crocodile in the world: the Crocodoc. Why is this one so sweet? He is 100% document-ivorous: his only role is to let you share and annotate your documents in Producteev. No more searching through emails to find the most recent version of a document. Everything is stored with your tasks and projects so you can work with everyone on your team.
There is no cap on the number of documents or who can upload documents in Producteev. To upload a document, you simply go to any of your tasks and upload it as a Note. You are able to upload and share any type of file. However, only the following types will open up the golden gates of document collaboration: .DOC(x), .XLS(x), .PPT(x), and .PDF.
Once it’s uploaded, everyone who can see the task has the ability to download or annotate the document. To do so, just click on “preview and annotate” and the document editor will load. There are a world of possibilities: zoom-in, zoom-out, highlight, and annotate. And if you feel a little claustrophobic, don’t forget to click on “fullscreen.”
Next time you will see this Crocodile in Producteev, we bet you will not react like that:
The talking-robots are often scary, but they’re not always like that! Look at R2-D2 : without him, Skywalker wouldn’t be alive after the 1st Star Wars…
If you adopt it, the Producteev chat robot will be your very own productivty assistant. He will take care of your tasks all day-long. Either you want to be notified when a task is due or create a new task, directly on and from your desktop.
1/ Add the Bot as friend
To add the bot to your contact list, you first need to activate the feature in your Producteev account. To do so, go to this page, click on the Google Chat button and enter your Google account or Jabber address.
Then you only need to accept the invitation from the Bot directly in your GMail account, or in your Jabber Client if you already have one.
2/ Connect your messaging account to your favorite client
iMessage, trillian, Adium… The choice is all yours. All you need to do is to open your client, and to enter your credentials in the application’s preferences.
3 / Discuss with the bot
You’re all set! Now you’ll receive a message directly to your desktop every time you have a notification or a task is due. To set up wich alerts you want to receive or not, go to this page.
To create a new task using our bot, simply talk to it, it understands Natural Language Processing. For example, you can write: “@BC Call the banker tomorrow #Finance” to assign “call the banker” to Bruno C., due tomorrow with the label Finance.
Thanks for your support and stay Producteev!
Just thought I would update you guys on what’s going on.
BRAND NEW VERSION
Well, we’ve rolled up our sleeves and accelerated development on V4, which is our upcoming (KILLER) product update coming up Q1 of 2013.
V4 in a nushell is : way faster, brand new design, brand new apps, more collaborative features (we’re taking this to a whole new level), and lots of surprises.
We believe that this is going to be - by far - the best product we’ve ever shipped. We’re really proud of this one, and is the fruit of so many years learning from our users and customers.
We’ve started relocating our team to Palo Alto, CA, and can’t be happier with the team of Jivers we’re joining. Exceptional team of passionate individuals working on some very ambitious projects for the next couple of years. What’s even more exciting, is how commited they all are about making Producteev, and the Jive+Producteev integration a success. Trust me, you will love what’s coming out of this.
To be able to achieve all of those projects, we’re looking to grow our team, especially on two fronts : Front End Engineer, and Back End Engineer. If you got what it takes and want to change the Productivity landscape, Hit us up, or simply share those two offers with your network, this will definitely be a fun ride. As far as the location of those two jobs: either Paris, France (to start, then relocation to California), or Palo Alto, CA.
That’s it for now folks, so let me take this opportunity to wish you all a fantastic 2013 filled with love, joy and dreams.
Thanks for the continuous support, and stay producteev!
Ilan and Team
Jerome here, it’s been a crazy week here but we’re more motivated than ever to continue improving Producteev! That’s why I’m really happy to tell you that we just updated the mac app.
Notification Center: OS X Mountain Lion offers a nice interface to display notifications and keep track of them. If you’re running ML, you will now receive your notifications in the notification center. If you’re still on Snow Leopard or Lion, don’t worry we kept growl support to display them.
Custom Badge: As we did on our iPhone app, you now have the choice between 3 settings for the badge of the app (late tasks, tasks that are due today or the Producteev Notifications). I’m pretty sure one of these will suit your needs!
Subtasks order: Last added subtask is now the first of the list. All of our apps have now the same order for subtasks.
And as always, this update includes some under the hood improvements and bugs fixing.
If you want to give us your feedback or if you need assistance, contact us on the support!
We’re very excited to share some big news with you: Producteev has been acquired by Jive*, the leader in Social Enterprise Software.When we started Producteev four years ago, the vision was to improve the way people were tracking tasks by creating an open platform with lots of entry points for your personal or team to-dos. After many product iterations, we finally found our sweet spot in 2010, and started improving our service month after month. Slowly but surely, we became available on different platforms such as iOS, Android, Mac desktop, as well as e-mail and IM.In a couple of years, with a little less than $1.8M in venture funding, Producteev has become one of the heavyweights in the Task Management space, with over 2,000 paying corporate accounts today and growing.We wanted to go way further, and start offering a lot more to our current customers. We’ve been working on a brand new version for a couple of months already, and believe me, it’s like nothing we’ve ever done before. Stay tuned on this.We had a couple of options for the future, like raising a bigger round, but Jive approached us with a highly seducing one: “We love what you do, we love the product, join us, and we’ll give you more resources to build a real software leader”.After spending a lot of time with multiple teams at Jive, our conclusion was that they were the kind of smart and nice people we really wanted to work with, who understand where we’re going with Producteev.
NOTHING IS CHANGING, PRODUCTEEV WILL ONLY GET BETTER, FASTER.The good news: Producteev will be even stronger in the coming years, with more resources, with lots of amazing updates to the product, news apps (!!), and obviously, smart integration points to Jive, so you can collaborate with your team on more than tasks (think discussions, blogs, ideas, files…). Check out Jive’s cloud product here.
THANKSI want to take that opportunity to thank all of you, our users, friends, supporters, who have followed the journey. You were the ones giving us the strength to keep trying during the tough times, so thank you.
A big THANK YOU to our investors and advisors (Doug, Oleg, Pascal, Dan, Florian, Jeremie, Christian and Christophe, Arthur…), who supported me no matter what. We owe you a lot. To Aric, my co-founder and CTO (and brother-in-law): you’re the man. To my team (Arico, Je, Ju, Ish, Bruno) : I am so proud of all you guys, you brought us here, that’s what make me excited to continue this journey all together.
As for our team’s next step, we’re all going to Jive, and the majority of us (including myself), will be moving to Jive’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California.We’re now back full speed working on V4 preparing some big surprises for you.
Here’s Jive’s press release : https://community.jivesoftware.com/community/newsroom/blog/2012/11/05/welcome…
*Jive is the pioneer and world’s leading provider of social business solutions. Our products apply powerful technology that helps people connect, communicate and collaborate to get more work done and solve their biggest business challenges. Millions of users and many of the world’s most successful companies rely on Jive day in and day out to get work done, serve their customers and stay ahead of their competitors.
You may probably have noticed, but we released two weeks ago a new version of the iPhone app.
iPhone 5 & iOS6:
Of course this version is 100% compatible with the new iPhone 5, you can see more tasks, more subtasks and more details at a glance. The app remains fully compatible with the other iPhones.
Custom Badge Setting:
You can now choose the behavior of the app’s badge: Go to the settings of the app to choose between your late tasks, tasks that are due today or the Producteev Notifications. Did you know that you can change your Producteev avatar just by tapping on it?
The Producteev Notifications remains the default behavior. We would like to thanks all the users who suggested us this idea, and hope you’ll all like it.
As you may have noticed, now the last subtask added becomes the first in the list. We introduced this change first on the web, then on the Android app and we’re now rolling it out on the iPhone and (very soon - Please Apple review it) on the Mac App.
We’ve turned the “team tasks” on by default, no extra step necessary to see your colleagues tasks. Of course you can still turn this feature off if you want to see only your task!
And of course this app includes a few bug fixes and under the hood improvements. If you have feedbacks or want to report a bug, contact us at support.producteev.com
Jerome here, we’re still very busy at Producteev. We’ve just released an updated version of our Mac App (after staying 2 months under review at Apple!).
See below what’s new:
+ Because security matters, our app is now sandboxed! The Producteev app runs in its private and safe environment.
All your previous files and datas will be moved to the secured location during the first launch.
+ See your cross-workspaces notifications in the new “Overview” section of the Notification Window.
+ Keyboard shortcuts are real time savers: You can now use cmd+W or Esc key to close “Add a new Task” and “Notifications” windows
+ We slightly redesigned the collaborators windows, we hope you’ll like it.
+ Better “Reset Data” feature: No need to be logged in anymore and allows you to delete all the Producteev’s files on your Mac (Prefs, Databases, Caches).
+ Even if you don’t have Growl installed on your computer, you’ll be able to see local notifications.
We also fixed a few things, here is a non-exhaustive list :
- Main Window invisible (off the screen) after launch
- It was impossible to click on/select the scrollbar in some areas of the Task panel.
- “Create a Subtask” text field is no longer reset after a sync.
- Keyboard shortcut for 4* is now working.
- Freeze on Snow Leopard if trying to delete the last subtask.
- Font misaligned while editing a Label
- Color of workspace title in Task List for selected row in the Overview.
Hope you’ll like that update, download it here : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/producteev/id450283360?mt=12
Jerome here, I’m happy to tell you that we just released an updated version of our iPhone app
This release does sport more than a new icon (we hope you’ll like it) and improved performances, we added a couple of important features and fixes:
- Files in Notes:
You can now add a picture or a short video (10 sec) to a note. And you’re now able to preview almost any kind of files right inside the app (Images, Videos, PDF, Office Documents, iWork Docs…)
- Timezone issue:
All dates in the app are now using your Producteev Timezone, this will prevent confusion for users who don’t have the same timezone in their web preferences and on their devices. Remember that you can change your Producteev Timezone in the Preferences of the app.
- Copy a task title:
Sometimes you need to copy/paste the title of a task in a text or an email. In your task list, just long press on a task!
- You can now add Labels and Subtasks in your native alphabet!
- We created a short tutorial to help you use the app, you’ll see it after your first login into the app.
- Completed Tasks are now at the bottom of your Task List for a few seconds then can be found in the “Completed” filters.
We hope you are going to like this one. If you want to share your thoughts about these news features or are experiencing bugs, please feel free to contact us.
The Producteev Team.