At this point, we have heard just about every objection to Zepel and why people will not move away from their current project management tool.
And we get the scepticism.
There are at least a thousand project management tools out there and it is only fair that you would want to know the difference before you dip your legs in the water.
So, after talking to our users and with all the feedback we’ve received, we decided to share all the questions and objections we get, openly.
Objection 1: Our team already uses an issue tracker. Why should I switch to a Project Management Tool?
Issue trackers are great if you want to track, well… just the issues. They help you focus on one specific issue, allow you to move them through a single workflow, and then complete it. No problems what-so-ever.
But you are not just fixing issues, right? You have customers asking for new features. You’ve got enhancements planned for features you’ve already deployed.
Zepel lets you plan features and functionality for your product without narrowing down your focus to just a single issue. With Zepel, you can choose to focus on an entire feature or zero in on a specific user story, enhancement, task, and subtask.
And of course, you can track your bugs too.
Because when you are building a functionality, you need to work with the larger context of an entire feature. Not with only a single issue.
"Zepel has had me spending more time thinking and planning my tasks rather than learning up the product."
~ Phani, Belong.co
Objection 2: We’ve tried nearly every project management tool. Aren’t they all the same?
We hear this frequently and we understand why people might feel this way about project management tools. With nearly every tool having a kanban board and sprints, it is only fair that people ask and feel this way.
At Zepel, we understand what it takes to build a product and features. We know it is not just a team of developers who are involved in building the feature. You’ve got designers, QA and many others involved as well.
And to build quality features even as you scale, you need members from every function to come together and handoff work seamlessly.
Which is why in Zepel, you can create a Board for every discipline involved in your feature and move work items across boards effortlessly.
No, seriously! It’s as simple as changing a status.
As every member tracks the progress of their work in their respective Board, with Progress in Zepel, you can get visibility of your entire feature across disciplines in real-time.
Objection 3: Our team is growing. Processes are changing. We can’t switch now.
There is nothing more exciting than working in an organization that is growing. With new team members joining, you are going to want to iterate faster, ship more features, and with better quality.
That means, trying out new things to find what works for your team and organization.
Which is why Zepel doesn’t prematurely force you on to a process but lets you build one around your team. And when you need to switch things up and try another process, Zepel won’t punish you.
Want to run Sprints? You can do that. Need to track the progress of your Sprint on a Kanban? You can do that. Looking to switch from Sprint to Kanban while in the middle of an active Sprint? You can do that too!
We believe teams and organizations are smart and know what they are doing. When they want to switch, it is most likely that they believe it works best for them and their team.
After all, the best product teams are constantly improving and evolving by looking out for new processes that fit the team. Not by fitting the tool’s process on to the team.
Objection 4: Switching to another project management tool is hard.
Switching to a new tool and getting buy-in from your team is hard. You have data in your other project management tool. You’ll have to move all your data and ensure you don’t have any data loss.
We get it.
Zepel has an extensive, one-click import feature, so you can move your projects from JIRA, Trello, or Asana effortlessly.
And the best part isn’t even that you get all your data without any data loss. You get all your data along with a free 14-day trial of our Standard plan, so you can test the waters with your own project before jumping in.
Objection 5: Our team doesn’t update our existing project management tool. I can’t get them to switch to another tool now.
What good is a project management tool if your team members don’t update progress? I mean, your reports won’t make any sense, right?
It is one thing to be able to plan features. But when you are tracking features, you need all the updates in real-time to make sense of the data.
With Zepel’s desktop widget right by your developer’s code editor, they can view, update, and complete all without leaving their desktop.
That means, no more having to walk up to them and asking for updates or even having to sift through your project just to update progress.
And with Slack, GitHub, Bitbucket, and GitLab integration, your developers can link any item to a Branch, Commit, or a PR, and have its status update automagically. That way, your developers can continue to work from their code editor and terminals, while you get all the updates in real-time, immediately!
Over to you
Step right in. The water is warm. The future of project management isn’t tied to just task tracking and issue tracking.
The best software is built when teams can focus on the fine implementation details, while keeping in mind the bigger picture. Zepel lets you and your team do just that. Try Zepel for FREE and share with us your feedback.
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