Some of the tools people complain about most are ones that you don’t get to pick, things like issue trackers and content management systems that would be incredibly hard to replace.
Then there are the lighter tools, the personal to-do list apps and note taking software and email clients that people love talking about. They’re easy to switch—and something you get to pick in your workplace. You can try them on your own, and if they work well, others in the company may start using them as well.
What software have you started using on your own, loved, and then evangelized throughout your company?
I came into an IT company full of Microsoft and Cisco fans. We were running 2 on-premise phone systems (caused by a merger) - Cisco and a proprietary system. We needed to be on 1 system. Everyone wanted to try out Teams/Skype for Business but I knew RingCentral would work. I was overruled initially but once they found out Teams wouldn't work (which I told them, but they didn't listen), they gave me the go-ahead to 'try' RingCentral. Of course it worked out of the box and I implemented it myself (I'm the finance guy, not IT). We've been running it successfully ever since.
Still can't convince them to get off Quickbooks Desktop and move to Quickbooks Online though...
This may be cheating as I picked it for our team early on, when we didn't have a team notes, intranet, or project management app yet. But in my previous team, the company used Quip for shared documents—and I'd used Notion on my own and in smaller teams, so I thought it would be a better option. So when I had the chance to pick a shared notes app, I double-checked versus the competition to make sure it still seemed like the right choice, and then got the team to use it.
And it seems like it's been a good choice so far. We use Notion for everything from notes and brainstorming to project management, research gathering, and more.
GQueues. Everything you need with a task manager (to include full Google calendar integration for time-blocking) and nothing that you don't.
Fully customizable and GTD-ready.
I've been using it since 2012.
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