Being able to communicate and collaborate quickly and easily can make a huge difference in the success of a project. Play Nicely was created to give developers, product managers, designers, clients and any other individuals involved in a project a better way to collaborate. The application allows users to create milestones or “sprints,” assign tasks to the right personnel, track issues and bugs, review audit trails, integrate code commits from Subersion and GitHub, and unlock badges for good productivity skills. The site lets users manage their projects and keep others in the loop while retaining a sense of humor that makes it more appealing compared to similar web based products.
PlayNicely is the product of Play Nicely Labs which was founded in October of 2009 by Basheera Khan, Adam Charnock, and Rob Hudson. The team remains small, but the capabilities of Play Nicely are far larger. The site is easy to use in almost any development related or similar project. Using a lighthearted approach, Play Nicely was intended to encourage productivity and give users a better way to monitor project progress and the participation of relevant parties. Today, Play Nicely includes a helpful list of tools that can do all of that and more.
PlayNice.ly was shut down in the beginning of 2013. The service generated not enough income for the founder to work on this service fulltime.
There are many team collaboration applications available on the internet today. Many offer very similar services with a different approach. While there are a number of good ones out there, PlayNicely stands out for its personality and attitude. The application seems good natured, with a little bit of light comedy thrown in to spice up the otherwise mundane task of overseeing a project.
Play Nicely uses fun, stylish cartoon images and a well organized layout to help users get things done. The design seems to say something about having fun while accomplishing tasks, a unique blend of personalities that really works well. Each project management tool is easy to understand and can be applied to many different situations. Users can quickly change the status of a task or label them as a bug issue then back again.
New users can sign up for PlayNicely by clicking either the green button found at the bottom or the blue “Start free trial” link at the top right hand corner of the homepage. The user must select form four membership types to continue. The site requires the usual contact information however the user does not have to enter there billing details until the free trial is over. Users should also keep in mind that Play Nicely is only compatible with Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers. Those using Internet Explorer will have to download one of the others to access Play Nicely.
PlayNicely offers four membership types to choose from. The least expensive is the Small membership which allows up to five projects, unlimited users, unlimited tickets, unlimited milestones, plus GitHub and Subversion integration and complete activity history for just under $15. The Medium membership includes up to ten projects and runs less than $30 per month. A Large membership allows up to 25 projects and costs about $55 per month. The most expensive plan is the Unlimited membership which allows unlimited projects and costs about $160 per month.
PlayNicely is an excellent tool for developers, project managers and many others. The site offers a fun approach to collaborating and getting the job done. The four membership plans leave plenty of breathing room for a business of any size. Users can choose a membership that offers then right number of projects without paying for more than they really need.