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Project Management and the Blackberry

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I’ve avoided the “crackberry” wave. I love my Palm T3, wish it were online, but understand that if it were, the stack of emails that I like to process in a lump would likely trickle in all day.

Perhaps all of that is about to change. From a recent press release.

New software for the RIM BlackBerry provides a mobile interface for personal task and collaborative project management. Users can remotely add tasks via keyboard or voice call, and can browse and update tasks in personal or group projects. The software provides a pervasive experience: task data and projects can be accessed via the BlackBerry, the Mentat web interface, or Mentat-enabled 3rd party applications.

The software uses the Mentat web service, which is available for free for personal use and at a reasonable charge for users with more demanding needs or shared team projects. The BlackBerry client also supports offline operation during periods of network loss.

New Software Brings Mobile Task and Collaborative Project Management to the RIM BlackBerry

I had a quick look at Mentat, and it looks like it could be a quality product, with a few bugs to iron out along the way. (Ajax errors persist in my firefox browser). I’m not sure why it hasn’t been picked up by the productivity/lifehacking websites yet? Certainly the interface is not as smooth as Vitalist or some of the other todo and collaborative sites, but the blackberry connectivity would woo a number of users I’d think.

For the moment, I’m sticking with Vitalist.

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.