We’ve created a new task tracker. It’s really different

Lost.report

Another task tracker? Do you even know how many task trackers are out there? Way too many. But how many of those actually fits your team’s needs? That’s why we decided to develop our own tool. We thought: “we’ll work on it pretty fast on the side from clients’ projects”. Lol. It took almost three years. It took us four iterations to nail it.

So how is it different?

We focused on how teams in the real world communicate and collaborate specifically on the way a task tracker can help the workflow. In fact, that’s the most important thing. You can organize people, resources, finances, a project itself, AND create a culture of collaboration.

So what’s a productive collaborative culture? It’s when everything works by itself. At least as much as possible. It’s when you don’t have to push yourself or your colleagues. It’s the situation when everyone values fast and efficient problem solving, and when it feels genuinely uncomfortable to get distracted from work for too long. As a result, everyone enjoys work so much more! This is the right environment then.

Is it even possible to create such a seamless workflow with the help of task tracker? It surely is! Though one size doesn’t fit all, we built many organizational and structural workflow improvements into this tool — some or all of them WILL make a difference for your team.

For example, we thought a lot about the reducing of uncertainty in work processes. This will eliminate many conflicts. We also thought about setting up the right priorities, and flexibility to change those priorities as you like. We thought about transparency and sharing the responsibilities between team members and about shared and private work streams (we all know how someone else’s disorganization can be a bottleneck). We thought about team leads who need to know what tasks his subordinated are faced with and give them an opportunity to curate them. Finally, we spiced up this tool with gamification. Imagine that every tasks has its value and you decide as a team what amount of points will each task will be worth for you and your colleagues.

And all of this doesn’t need any settings. It’s a self-learning system. Your teammates can use features they choose. Not into competition at all? Then just set up tasks and get things done. No hassle.

I’ve always considered myself as a geek. There were always things I struggled with. Collaboration with people is one of those things. A task tracker that makes workflow efficient seems like a logical idea, right?

Here’s another example: road traffic. It’s a complex system with many participants but it all works pretty well on its own, doesn’t it? That’s because we have strict rules, road signs, street lights, road markups. All of these help up to navigate around. And we don’t need a manager on top of us, do we? We created something similar at lost.report. Our own road signs, street lights, and rules of project management. Managers are still required but the level of their involvement in the project decreases. This new work environment will do part of their job.

This is lost.report. What do you think of it now? We are in private beta, and invite you to join us!


Alex Larionov

Alex Larionov

Entrepreneur, mathematician, teacher at psychology faculty of Moscow State Unversity, CTO at Lost Report

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