Software Review for Teamdeck [2018]

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Software Review for Teamdeck [2018]

General Information
Name: Teamdeck
Vendor:Teamdeck
Hosting options: Only web. It doesn’t appear that there is an app.
Languages: English
Cost: A 14-day free trial is available. The Startup plan is limited to 6 members with basic resources. These are people who don’t require software access, but want to be able allocate them on resource calendars. Paid plans start at $3.99 per month. These basic resources can be added for $1 per month. The paid plan includes additional integrations and support.
Teamdeck sponsored this article, but all opinions are mine.
This article:
General Information
First Impressions
Create a Project in Teamdeck
Scheduling
Time tracking
Time Management
Reporting
Let’s sum it up…

First Impressions
I don’t like user guides or walkthroughs so Teamdeck’s first thing I did was click the handy “sample data” button and create a new organisation with the data. It’s easier to understand how the tool should work when you have resources, projects, and so forth. With sample data, you have a lot more flexibility. You can create a test organization that is similar to yours. You don’t need to worry about your sample data and test organisation being deleted after 24 hours.
Let’s be clear: Teamdeck is a tool for resource management. It does not do task management. You can integrate with a task management system if you have that need. However, I can think of many situations where you can trust your team enough to do their work and not need to measure their productivity by the hour. This is an example:
Agents working on client projects
Campaign teams
Teams working together on a single product, each ‘project’ being the current development iteration of the feature being worked on.
Software houses that deliver products or customize products for clients

Teamdeck is a tool that allows you to track where people are at all times and what they are working on, but not the tasks they perform daily.
Create a Project in Teamdeck
Select the green plus symbol in the view of all projects to create a new project. You can also add custom fields to your project. These allow you to add additional information about the people that you need to allocate.
Software experience
Job title
Seniority
Billing range

Anything that will help you identify the type of resources needed for your project.
You don’t need to add any custom fields. Once you have added the project name, that’s it. Now people can book themselves to it.
It is easy to add a project to Teamdeck: click the green plus symbol, and enter some details.
The team schedule is very visually appealing. This pane allows you to choose an activity and divide it (the scissors icon), or highlight a day that adds work or vacation (the selection icon).
You can see how the team schedule view shows who is booking overtime. You can hover over the tasks to view the details. And you can export to CSV! Although I don’t understand why I would need it, I like that it exists. It feels like it would provide some level of transparency and interoperability that could be helpful one day.
Tracking time
To manage your time accurately, you can download a time tracking tool (Mac or Windows). You can also manually add time entries.
Click on the activity and then enter your time in the pop-up box.
This is how the pop-up looks. You can add details to your project and book time. What I liked most about this pop-up is that you can add the name of a project from the time entry box if it doesn’t already exist in the system. This is a great time-saver if you just bought something new and the admin hasn’t added the project name yet.
Management