Interview Article - Xavier Marot, Magic Projects
Headquartered in Paris, France, Magic Projects is a free and open-source, cloud-hosted project management software. The software is specifically designed to serve the comprehensive project management requirements for video game companies. Still, its versatile project management tools make it suitable for a broad range of industries and businesses of all sizes, whether small, medium, or large.
Magic Projects offers exhaustive tools to cover various stages of project management. The software’s core features include real-time visibility, dashboard, idea management, portfolio management, project tracking, project planning, centralized task management, timesheets, Gantt charts, budget management, alerts/notifications, reporting & forecasting, and more.
Magic Projects is a free software that users can download and start using instantly. Thus, it can be profitably leveraged by companies with budget limitations that cannot afford to spend on costly project management tools available in the market.
Starting with the interview, Xavier describes Magic Projects as a one-stop-shop solution for project management that allows users to handle projects, teams, tasks, budget, and planning in an easy, fluid manner.
Xavier states that the goal behind creating Magic Projects was to distribute and organize his work on multiple projects in video game development while tracking the budgets spent on each project simultaneously. He could not find a single software offering all such tools on a unified platform, which motivated him to create Magic Projects. He further specifies that he designed this software for the video-game industry, but other sectors are also leveraging it profitably; for example, a law firm is one of their happy clients.
On being questioned, how the software offers value addition to its clients, Xavier clarifies that besides being a free and open-source solution, Magic Projects provides certain unique features that make it stand apart from other similar products in the market.
Xavier explains that Magic Projects offers a tree structure or nodal approach for tasks, Gantt planning built on the fly, and resource tracking with precise team assignment changes (again, on the fly) depending on the task activities.
The software allows creating tasks with a customizable stage tree where one can define the whole workflow. Tasks will naturally go from one person to another depending on the progress indicated by each team member, for example, design then modeling, code, integration, etc., and test stages.
Besides, Magic Projects generates various data about planning, project progress, feasibility studies to reach a milestone, team & budget distribution, workload, etc. The software also analyses this data to produce a global view for each project automatically. It simultaneously sends notifications to users from the website or by email with helpful information such as new tasks available, the progress of tasks the user is tracking, and more, Xavier adds.
We further inquired about the customer satisfaction rate for the software. Xavier asserts that Magic Projects users have been very satisfied thus far, and he assures providing updates to fit user needs or answer their questions as needed.
When asked about the company’s customer support offerings for Magic Projects users, Xavier clarified that they provide customer support via email or any direct chat software like Teams, Skype, Discord, Slack, and more. The company additionally facilitates videos to guide the users about different features of Magic Projects.
Xavier further quotes, “GoodFirms is a great reference for software; it provides clear insights to users regarding their needs, pointing them to the right tool. In this spirit, Magic Projects has got new clients.”
Magic Projects being free and open-source, the company aims for its continued development, including a complete user interface (UI) revamp in the future. It encourages other people to join the product development to help improve it and publish a major update.
GoodFirms researchers have endorsed Magic Projects as one of the best project management software for its free download & use, multi-industry functionality, and unique features with so much to offer.
To know more about the offerings of Magic Projects, one can also go through the detailed interview published at GoodFirms.
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