Collaborate and Organize Your Team with AndBang

Anybody who’s tried to lead a team to work on one or several projects knows how much of a nightmare it can be to get everything under control – Who does what? When? Who helps who? Who makes decisions and how can significant progress be made?

There are various programs and online tools out there that attempt to make the job of organization and collaboration less daunting. While the majority of these tools are complicated and have tons of features and capabilities, &! (pronounced andbang) goes the opposite direction. Let’s take a look and see if its reduced feature set is what your team needs.

Your Shortlist

The Shortlist

The Shortlist

&bang‘s answer to tasks is the shortlist, and it’s exactly what it sounds like – a brief bulletin of all goals and projects. You can type a task up in the top bar, hit enter, and it’ll be added to your shortlist. Tasks are ordered in a linear progression: new ones at the top, older ones at the bottom. Links are automatically highlighted and you can add notes to any of your tasks by double clicking it and typing in the appropriate box. The idea is to have a short and concise summary of the task, with any extra details in the notes.

Indicating and Shipping

Indicating and Shipping

For each item you create, clicking the lighting bolt on the left will indicate that you’re working on it. That way your teammates can see what you’re doing in real time – a basic idea, but one that’s pretty fundamental and (ironically) left out in many collaboration tools. Clicking the rocket on the right “ships” the task. This is basically a check-box; it’s how you tell everyone that you’re completed with the task. When you ship a task, a short message is automatically posted to the group chatbox to announce that you’re done with your task.

The Chatbox

Group Chat!

Group Chat!

The chatbox is the hub of communication for &bang. You can easily group chat with the rest of your teammates, although there currently is no option to chat only one person. As mentioned earlier, &bang will occasionally automatically post messages on the chatbox, such as when a new team member is added. Like twitter, putting @ in front of a user’s name will give that user a notification, so they can quickly know you’re trying to contact them.

The Team Page

Team Page

Team Page

The team page is an overview of what your team has done and is doing. On the bottom is a list of completed tasks by all users, and on the top you can see what each individual person on your team is currently working on. This is a feature excluded in so many collaboration tools, but it’s extremely useful – no more asking if someone’s busy! In addition, if you’re the administrator of the team, you can add team members quite easily by hitting the corresponding button, typing in their email address, and hitting the submit button.

The Tutorial

The Tutorial

The Tutorial

Even though mastering &bang’s control and flow is relatively easy, the team behind it were nice enough to make a easy-to-follow tutorial to jump-start you. Following through the directions of quick tutorial once should be enough for you to know how everything works.

Examples of Use

How could you use &bang? There are many situations where it’d fit the bill perfectly. Students working together on a school project should find it immensely helpful. They could discus who works on what, and each student could keep everyone else up to date with what they’ve finished and what they still need to work on. &bang could also work well startups and those who want to save money, where it could be significantly cheaper option compared to similar services.

Pros and Cons

&bang can honestly be an amazing tool or completely useless depending on what your needs are; however, there are certain aspects about it that stand out and others that, in my opinion, need work. It is outstanding in design; for most users, it feels quite natural to use. Everything is where you’d expect it to be. The color scheme may seem a bit childish, but it’s easy on the eyes and looks great.

This service is not meant for large groups. This could be a downside for some, but it’s not unintentional; &bang is built from the ground up for groups of about 2 to 10 people. The service is also missing any form of file sharing, and there’s no way for one user to directly comment on another user’s tasks. Nonetheless, the team behind &bang is hard at work, and with their continual updates, I won’t be surprised if these features will soon be on the way.

Conclusion

&bang is a simplistic tool, no doubt about it. You’ll definitely want to test it and see if it has enough functionality for your own purposes before committing to using it with your team. However, if you’re not looking for a service that’s loaded down with excessive features, and want a minimalistic, well designed, and easy to use tool, &bang is for you.


Summary

Simple, minimal, and organized team collaboration and organization tool.

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  • Thanks for the kind review. You’re right: we’re still hard at work on &bang!

    You mention size being a bit restrictive: Our &yet team has 15 users on it and it seems to work well for that size, but we’re going to be adding some enhancements that make it work even better for larger teams.

  • Robert, good review! Another tool I am using with more professional features and UI is http://www.binfire.com which was reviewed in AppStorm a while back . It has really nice collaboration features