AtTask Unveils Social Project Management Platform

According to a release, the platform, called AtTask Stream, combines the power of social networking with the structure of project management. Stream empowers teams, increasing their acceptance of, and participation in, the project management process. With Stream, front-line conversational information and commitments flow upward, enabling greater accuracy in projections and more well-informed decision making.

According to a commissioned study by Forrester Consulting on behalf of AtTask, capturing more qualitative information was seen by managers as the factor that would most improve knowledge worker time tracking. Nearly 70 percent of knowledge workers ranked the ability to comment on others’ projects and accomplishments, and having others comment on their own projects and accomplishments, as valuable social media functionalities that could be applied in the work environment. The study also reported that almost half of non-PPM users say that a driving factor for their adopting PPM would be software that made everyone’s work contributions transparent to peers and management.

“AtTask Stream harnesses to power of social tools and adds structure and management to bring new levels of connection, cooperation and confidence to the team work environment,” said Scott Johnson, president and CEO of AtTask. “This model invites greater participation by letting teams collaborate and share information not only related to the project but also related to their goals and accomplishments.” AtTask will begin a limited beta release of Stream this summer and plans to have the product generally available in 2010. The product will be offered for free to AtTask customers whose subscriptions are current, the company noted in a release.