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No Kahuna Archive
A new task and project management Web app launched a couple of months ago named No Kahuna. No Kahuna provides a simple interface for keeping tabs on projects and their associated tasks. You can easily invite others to a project so a team can manage and view the current real-time status. There’s also a news-style feed in the dashboard to see status on all projects at one time.
I spoke with co-founder Duff OMelia regarding the No Kahuna pricing structure. Duff explains, "you get unlimited projects and unlimited users on those projects. Only the projects that *really* take off need an upgrade. ($9 gets you 3 project upgrades). Only projects with more than 30 open tasks will ever need upgrading. Since closed tasks do not count, most projects never reach that limit." Open source projects are also free. I’d like to see the pricing page changed to make it easier to understand.
If most projects won’t hit the upgrade minimum, how will they generate revenue? There are no ads on the site. I still believe that if you are using the freemium model as the main business model, it’s critical that you don’t give away so much for free that no one needs to upgrade!
No Kahuna won’t replace Microsoft Project or other enterprise-level project management systems but for small-to-medium teams, it could be a good way to keep projects on track. In my testing and after managing teams of several hundred on multiple continents, I found No Kahuna to be simple and had no unneeded bells and whistles. Get in, report your task or project status and get out.
As for suggestions, I’d vote for an export option on the main status feed so that it can be added to Facebook, Twitter, mobile, etc. This will let the project manager monitor what’s going on from anywhere. A simple mobile app would also make No Kahuna even more useful.