Todoist is our task management tool for Joy Machine and Steel Hunters. There are an abundance of reasons that we've decided on this as opposed to traditional tasking solutions like JIRA, Asana, Trello, etc.
While we all use and read Slack and coordinate efforts and tasks and such using that, Slack is not a useful tool for status updates, questions, issues, schedule updates (including if you think you'll miss the assigned date — which isn't usually a problem, but it's helpful for us to know), and, most importantly, when you are blocked on something.
Whenever you comment, you can always choose to notify anyone you wish on the project just to ensure people are aware of your updates. At the minimum, ensure you mark <your relevant people/producer> regardless of what the task is about, as we are running the production/schedule for the project. You should also opt-in anyone that's related to the task as well.
Finally : Even I forget this from time-to-time (always), but Todoist has complete support for file/image attachments in comment threads. So feel free to use and abuse that.
There's a "Karma" functionality built-in to Todoist which, essentially, is just a bit of gamification/statistics to try and encourage consistent task completion/monitoring. It's stupid and simple, but also it can appeal to people. Like me, who loves stats more than I do most people. Look!
Labels are, well, labels (or tags, more appropriately). They are just ways of classifying the miscellaneous areas of the project a given task is related to. It's helpful for creating search filters as well. For the most part, you can just choose a task's label based on the available ones we've setup, but there is one very important label you must all use:
Of all the varying labels, the "Blocked" label (
@blocked ) is an important way that <your producers/project managers> can all quickly identify tasks that have been blocked (always leave a comment in the task when you mark a task as blocked — including tagging the relevant people for notification.
The Rest of the Labels
future-work— This label is exempt from most search queries related to due dates or lack of assigned team member.
Filters are the absolute best thing ever. It sounds like an incredibly simple thing, but Todoist has a unique search system that allows you to setup and customize your filters for whatever things you need to track. Whether it's "Assigned to Me", "Overdue Tasks", etc.
The most important part of filters is that you can set your opening screen/page in Todoist to whatever filter is most useful for you. You can find this in "Todoist Settings" as "Start Page."
Unfortunately, as of the time of writing, we cannot simply share filters or create team-wide filters, so you'll need to create your own manually. LUCKILY WE HAVE A LIST BELOW!
assigned to: me
My Tasks — Today
assigned to: me & today
My Tasks — Blocked
assigned to: me & @blocked
My Tasks — Overdue
assigned to: me & over due
My Tasks — No Due Date
assigned to: me & no date & !(@future-work)
Team's Tasks — Blocked
shared & @blocked
Team's Tasks — Today
shared & today
Team's Tasks — Overdue
shared & over due
Team's Tasks — Unassigned
shared & !assigned
I don't think Todoist is by any means perfect and it's definitely not as feature-rich as a lot of other task management solutions, but at the same time -- how many people actually know how to use JIRA to its full capabilities? The most important thing for me as far as Todoist as our chosen software for project management is concerned is that, since I first started using it a year ago, it has improved in incredibly smart and clean ways. It's just an easy-to-use and well-designed application.
The biggest things that Todoist is lacking from our perspective right now is visualizations of timelines and overall schedules for a project (which, to be fair, I don't think it's actually meant for that). But that's something that a couple of the Joy Machine folks are working on resolving as we speak. And such visualizations may get integrated into this internet website. WHO'S TO SAY?