Huddle Offers Space for Online Teams

Huddle logoOne of the enduring problems of web work is how to coordinate far-flung teams. Huddle is one of the more recent entrants in the team collaboration tool space. Every product has a different take as to what this space involves; in the case of Huddle, documents and scheduled tasks are at the center of things.

Huddle starts with a dashboard that summarizes all of the recent activity that a user might be interested in (there are also pervasive e-mail notifications to keep those users who might not live in a browser in the loop). From here, you drill into your “huddles,” which is their term for workspaces. Each huddle contains whiteboard, calendar, filing cabinet, and team pages:

  • The whiteboard uses a JavaScript-based rich text editing tool for a simple and accessible freeform text editing experience. The tools are definitely on the minimal side, but you can do simple lists and links and images easily enough.
  • The calendar lets you schedule and assign tasks (not meetings; there are no times here) with e-mail followup. Tasks are either completed or not, there’s no notion of percent done. You can choose a calendar or list view for a task overview.
  • The filing cabinet lets you maintain an online document library, with versioning and audit trails, as well as locking when someone is editing a document. This is one of Huddle’s strongest areas.
  • The team area shows you the profiles of the people using your huddle, and lets you update your own profile. As with everything else, you can leave comments on a profile.

Compared with Basecamp (the obvious comparison given the field they’ve chosen), Huddle’s dashboard feels somewhat less cluttered, and Huddle’s document management and whiteboards are stronger. But Basecamp has features, like milestones and chat and time-tracking, which Huddle lacks. I think organizations with document-centric workflows are likely to find Huddle a good fit.

Huddle offers a variety of pricing plans, from free (1 huddle, 5 users, 25MB of storage, no versioning) through $50/month (25 huddles, 125 users, 2.5GB of storage), with customized pricing available for enterprise customers.