Monday project management software is yet another project management tool in a very crowded project management software space.
Strictly speaking, Monday is not a project management application. Since it does not have the project start date, project Due date, and project deliverables.
The main reason for the popularity of Monday project management is a very aggressive marketing campaign run by the company on social media and Google Ads.
If you have ever visited the Monday website, you have noticed that they follow you wherever you go with constant and aggressive ads.
At times these ads could be quite annoying and overwhelming.
In addition, Monday tends to spam your inbox with a huge number of unwanted marketing emails which could be very distracting. Even if you are a paid customer, you will get unwanted emails from them trying to upsell more expensive plans.
Figure #1 User complaining about Monday email Spam
If you ever watch a video on Youtube, for sure you will get interrupted by Monday’s ads constantly.
If you have never visited Monday, keep in mind that visiting them could crowd the web pages you will visit in the future with endless ads.
Figure #3 Another user complaining about Monday’s Ads
Monday project management software pros
1-The user Interface and experience
The user interface looks good and has the flexibility to extend the data you want to display in your dashboard in the form of columns.
At the same time, this flexibility comes at a steep cost. When you have big projects and many team members the dashboard gets huge and overwhelming to follow.
It also takes a long time for the dashboard to load since a lot of data needs to be transferred from Monday’s servers to your device.
The Monday project management app implements email notifications to let you know when things happen in your project, like when a task is assigned to you, or when a task is completed.
Since Monday has not implemented an adequate notification management regime, at times the number of email notifications you get could be overwhelming.
Monday enables teams to communicate via comments and forms. The user can leave comments on tasks and on design documents.
But unlike other project management apps, it does not have internal chat. This creates a problem organizing all project’s conversation in a place.
It also makes it much harder than the other project management apps to find the conversation you are looking for.
Monday provides ample templates for a variety of different job functions and industries.
These forms could be a great time saver when your project’s outline matches one of the forms you can download from Monday’s site.
5-Integration with other apps
Monday does integration with quite a few apps like Slack, Trello, and Google Docs.
Monday Project Management software Cons
By any measure Monday’s offering is expensive. The basic price starts at $10 per month per user and on top of that, they have pre-defined user numbers. So you can buy either 3 seats, 5 seats, 10 seats, etc.
For example, if you have 6 users you have to buy a plan for 10 users and pay $100 per month.
This pricing scheme is quite complex and unfair for small businesses and new startups.
2-Steep learning curve
It is quite challenging to get used to Monday’s user interface and functionality. In fact, that is the number two complaint after pricing in user groups.
Since Monday lacks structure in presenting data to the user, at the start it looks great and wonderful.
But as the project gets bigger and drags on with more tasks and communication it becomes increasingly difficult to find your way and find what you are looking for.
3-Difficult to Track time spent on tasks
Monday does not have any tool for tracking the time the team members spend on each task.
This is a big issue for those who have clients or use contractors to do their projects.
In a lot of projects, proper time tracking is essential and without it, it is hard to know how many hours your team spends on a project and how much it is costing you.
4-No Client support
The App does not have options for supporting clients. So if you plan to invite your clients to your workspace you need to buy them a regular seat.
In most cases clients only need view access to a few pages in the app and paying a full price for that is not right.
Monday has very limited options for customization. The user is forced into one view and has limited options to change that.
6-Lack of the project start date, end date, and deliverables
In strict terms, Monday is not a project management application. It lacks the project start date, project end date, and definition of deliverables.
If you write blogs on a daily or weekly basis, or you are working on fixing bugs, then Monday might be fine for your needs.
On the other hand, if you are working on a complex project like designing a new gadget, or working on a large software project like writing a new spreadsheet or CRM, Monday is not the tool you should use.
Figure # 4 Why Monday is not a project management app
Monday is an adequate work management tool for small teams or simple projects.
When it comes to large teams or complex projects, Monday’s UX and functionality fails to deliver.
Monday’s lack of essential features makes the app irrelevant for large or complex projects.
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Note: Recently we wrote an article about Asana and Wrike project management pros and cons too. Check them out in Collaboration Corner!