Principled Task Management
WJ/task is a collaborative task management tool that is designed for those who appreciate the value a first principles approach. It combines features supporting hierarchical task management, threaded discussions, a powerful search engine, and much more.
The purpose of task management is to identify and track human action, where the term “action” has a broad range of specificity – we can talk about building a company, running a department, writing a program, fixing a bug in the program. Good task management software must account for this fact, by giving you a task tree, or task hierarchy.
Nobody knows your work better than you do, so no tool should presume for you what the precise structure for managing your tasks is. WJ/task gives you the freedom to decompose work to any desired level of precision – the task hierarchy becomes an organizational tool useful for everything from the broadest company objectives down to the smallest incidental task.
We designed WJ/task for creativity and change. You can as easily create new tasks, prioritize them, add task dependencies, and organize tasks as you might rearrange files on your computer. Our windowing feature means you can view your task hierarchy from multiple perspectives at once. WJ/task does not dogmatically presume your workflow, but allows you to fashion it to suit your ever-changing needs.
Task-centric discussions allow team members to follow discussion they’re interested in and ignore discussion they’re not. Your hierarchy becomes a searchable, living document of the discussion and reasoning around the decisions your team makes.
Our persistent Desktop system lets you focus on different aspects of your work, and resume tomorrow where you left off today.
A Journal tracks the complete history of what is relevant to you, and notifies you of new or important items.
WJ/task is designed for people who understand the value of forging their own digital destiny, so it allows you to self-host, giving you complete data control, autonomy, and privacy.
To make self-hosting simple, we offer an easily installed Docker image.
The key insight of WJ/task is that there’s no justifiable dichotomy between “high-level” work-breakdown structure-orientation and detailed task management; you need a seamless hierarchical decomposition of all tracked work across all scales. Therefore, in WJ/task each task represents a work unit which can be decomposed into an arbitrary level of precision by adding subordinate tasks. Such a structure provides the backbone upon which all other project management features should be built.
WJ/task is one the world’s first fully-hierarchical task management systems. It was deployed internally at Wissler-Jensen around 2011 and has been in active use ever since.
If you don’t like WJ/task then we don’t want your money – that’s why we offer a free 30 day evaluation and then a no risk 90 day license, which we bill for only if you’ve decided that WJ/task is worth the price.
We hate vendor lock-in, which is why WJ/task is and will always be free for read-only use. You will always always be free and welcome to access the data you’ve entered into WJ/task even if you choose to transition to a different tool. After all, it’s your data, and it’s our privilege that you took the time and effort to try using our tool! Read-only mode is activated after the evaluation period ends or when your license expires.
If you do decide to keep using WJ/task after your initial four months of use, it costs $25/user per month, billed starting after your first 30 days of free use. You may select license periods of 3 months or longer.
Normal support is included in the price. This is based on your designation of a local administration expert, who will work with us to install and maintain WJ/task, and a local user expert, who will provide support to the other WJ/task users and contact us when there is an issue they can’t resolve by consulting the user manual.