Favro vs Accelo: 2024 Comparison

Favro and Accelo are two of the most popular project management tools available today.

But how do they stack up against each other?

Which one manages tasks better?
Which one helps you allocate resources more effectively?
Which one is more affordable?

Discover all the answers in our detailed comparison guide.

A. Project and Task Management

Get. Things. Done. 

You and every project manager likely live by those words.

It’s also the heart and soul of any project management software. 

This is why, before anything else, you must evaluate a tool’s ability to help you manage your tasks and projects.

Features to look out for:

  • Project structure: A simple, intuitive way to organize work and toggle through multiple projects, tasks, boards, etc. 
  • Views: Board, list, timeline, Gantt, and other types of views that let you visualize various types of information within each project.
  • Tasks & subtasks: Dedicated spaces offering the ability to drill down to the smallest level of actionable detail about each project item. 
  • Statuses: Effortless ways to communicate the exact progress of each task, board, project, etc.
  • Checklists: Quick to-do lists for each task so things don’t fall through the cracks 
  • Task templates: Easy-to-copy templates to create identical tasks at scale across multiple projects. 
  • Assignees: The ability to assign tasks, boards, or projects to individual team members, groups, or even teams. 
  • Priorities: A way to communicate the urgency level of each task, subtask, or project. 
  • Automations: Trigger-based (if X happens then do Y); ways to automate repetitive actions such as notifications, comments, status updates, etc.

1. Project Structure / Hierarchy

a. Favro

Organize your workflow within the Favro work hierarchy as follows:

Workspaces > Collections > Lists (Backlogs) > Boards > Cards

  • Workspaces: Groups of collections, teams, projects, etc.
  • Collections: Distinct spaces for teams, projects, clients, locations, etc.
  • Lists (Backlogs): A prioritized view of all the tasks related to a particular project or client.
  • Boards: A drag-and-drop kanban-style look at the work, workflow, and progress of items in a list.
  • Cards: Individual tasks or work items that provide assignees details and an area to discuss progress.

Favro_Project_Structure

b. Accelo

Accelo helps you organize your projects with a straightforward structure:

Company > Project > Milestone > Task > Checklists

  • Company: A company or client page set up on your Accelo account.
  • Projects: Long-term work that needs to be completed by or for a Company.
  • Milestones: Different stages or phases of a Project, which can have separate budgets. 
  • Tasks: Actionable work items required to achieve Milestones.
  • Checklists: Granular action items required to complete a Task.

2. Views

a. Favro

Favro offers five handy ways to view your work:

  • Kanban: A left-to-right flow of work that organizes cards by task status, allowing users to drag and drop cards as they move through the project stages.
  • Sheet: A table-style overview of all cards and their crucial fields (E.g., Owner, priority, status, etc.).
  • Timeline: A way to oversee task scheduling and work towards goals.
  • Cards: Allows you to prioritize cards and break down goals into actionable steps
  • Charts: Set up charts to visualize data like the number of cards compared to available time, bottlenecks, and efficiency over time. Save your charts for regular use.

Favro_Views

b. Accelo

Accelo allows you to see your Tasks with these views:

  • Project View: This screen displays all Milestones and Tasks within a Project with details of Assignees, Planned Due, Status, etc.
  • Milestone View: Displays an overview of all Tasks within a Milestone. The Tasks can be arranged based on Status, Earned Value, Budget, or Start and Due Dates. You can also shift Tasks within your workflow by dragging and dropping them on a Kanban-style board.
  • Project Schedule: Access a Gantt-style overview of your Projects’ Milestones and Tasks for Project planning.
  • My Schedule: See all your assigned Tasks based on a calendar view.
  • Deadlines Task Board: Displays the Tasks you need to do based on deadlines. You can drag and drop Tasks to change deadlines.
  • Status Task Board: Allows a user to see all Tasks they have created or that have been assigned to them. It lets you drag and drop Tasks to change their Status.
  • Assignment Task Board: Shows a manager all the Tasks they have created or are managing. It simplifies the process of assigning Tasks.

3. Tasks & Subtasks

a. Favro

Favro represents tasks and subtasks as cards. You can also create cards as “child items” under a parent card to indicate smaller work items required to progress a larger task.

When setting up a card, you can add details like:

  • Relationship to other cards, statuses, boards, lists, or collections
  • Task description
  • Dependencies
  • Task status
  • Members (assignees)
  • Tags
  • Fields and custom fields
  • Checklists
  • Files
  • Tables
  • Bullet lists

Favro_Tasks_Subtasks

b. Accelo

Accelo lets you create Tasks under Milestones or Projects to keep track of important actionable items.

Although you cannot add any subtasks, you can add these details to provide context to your Tasks: 

  • Task Title
  • Task Status
  • People
  • Task Description
  • Dates
  • Priority

4. Statuses

a. Favro

Create custom statuses for lists or boards to outline the workflow of your projects and processes.

Favro_Statuses

b. Accelo

Accelo lets you assign and change your Task Status to indicate its progress in your workflow. The default Statuses include Unassigned, Pending, Accepted, Started, and Completed.

You can also create new or custom Statuses.

5. Checklists

a. Favro

Add checklists to cards to remind assignees of crucial steps. You can mention specific members in checklist items to indicate responsibilities.

Additionally, if a checklist grows too long, you can convert the checklist or any individual list items into cards.

b. Accelo

Accelo lets you add Checklists for to-do items within a Task. Assignees can tick Checklist items to indicate their completion.

6. Task Templates

a. Favro

Recreate your best processes by templatizing your existing cards, boards, lists, or collections. 

Templatized cards can retain detail fields like time estimates, assignees, dates, checklists, etc. You can set a card template as the default for any new cards created in a certain board or list.

Favro_Task_Templates

b. Accelo

Accelo’s standard Task Template helps you assign work and provide context to aid your Project workflow. 

This template can be configured to include additional details. However, by default, it contains:

  • Task Title
  • Task Description
  • Task Status
  • Assignee
  • Manager
  • Creator
  • Checklist
  • Task Time
  • Task Rate
  • Start and Due Dates
  • Skills
  • Tags
  • Priority
  • Attachments

7. Assignees

a. Favro

Assign cards to members individually or create member Groups and assign cards to a whole team at once.

b. Accelo

Accelo lets you assign Projects, Milestones, and Tasks to people on your team. Projects and Milestones can be assigned to managers, while Tasks can be assigned to both managers and team members.

8. Priorities

a. Favro

Favro doesn’t have any default priority levels. However, you can easily create them using Custom Fields. Doing so will display a new column in a list and a Field on a card with your custom priority markers in color-coded bubbles. You can then sort and filter your boards and lists by card priority.

b. Accelo

You can set Task Priorities to Critical, High, Normal, Low, or None on Accelo. Each level has a corresponding icon based on its urgency.

You can edit the Priority names but can’t create custom ones or modify the icons.

9. Automations

a. Favro

With Favro, you can create automation rules consisting of Triggers and one or more Actions. Alternatively, browse a library of pre-made automation templates.

Favro_Automations

b. Accelo

Accelo allows you to automate certain business and Project processes to save time for more important work. You can set up automations based on Triggers, Rules, and Actions.

B. Time Management

Time is money for a reason. 

The right software can be the difference between pinching pennies and raking in the big bucks.

Effective project management software offers effortless time management features to help you befriend the clock. 

With the right one, expect to keep all your tasks running as scheduled and meet your deadlines with ease. 

Features to look out for include:

  • Due dates: Communicate expected delivery dates.  
  • Time estimates: Make capacity decisions based on how much time each task or project is expected to take. 
  • Time tracking: Measure productivity with accurate time consumption data for each team member. 

1. Due Dates

a. Favro

Use the Timeline field on cards to set start and due dates for tasks. These will link to the Timeline View.

b. Accelo

Maintain deadlines for Project deliverables by adding Start and Due Dates on Accelo.

You can add or modify these dates while creating or editing Tasks. They can also be modified from your Project Schedule.

2. Time Estimates

a. Favro

When you create a card, you can set a time estimate as a guideline for members. Additionally, set a billable rate to include a budget for tasks.

b. Accelo

Accelo lets you add a Time Budget to Tasks. Once an Assignee has finished a Task, you can compare the estimated time vs the actual time taken.

3. Time Tracking

a. Favro

Favro doesn’t have a native time-tracking feature. However, it does offer task timesheets, on which members can manually fill in the time they spent working on the task.

b. Accelo

You can use Accelo’s in-built Timer to track how long you work on a Task. The timer starts automatically by default when you start an Activity. However, you can pause, resume, and stop the Timer at any time or manually log time using the Time Log button. 

And if you’re working on different Tasks, the app will automatically start tracking time for both and switch between Timers as you move between Tasks.

C. Reporting

What you can’t measure, you can’t improve. 

Reporting and analytics features can help you track real-time progress, monitor key metrics, and sniff out bottlenecks like a detective.  

Armed with these insights, your team can stay ahead of the curve no matter the situation. 

Expect better resource management, superior deadline compliance, and a more focused and decisive team.

Features to look out for include:

  • Goals and milestones: Record targets for the whole team to see and work towards.
  • Dashboards: Visualize data from all corners of the team into a user-friendly, interactive interface.
  • Gantt charts: Keep your plans flexible with Gantt charts that allow you to adjust timelines based on changing resource availability and task completion ratio. 

1. Goals & Milestones

a. Favro

Setting up goals in Favro is all about your backlog (lists). Here, you’ll create parent and child tasks, breaking work down into bite-sized chunks to help you progress toward your goals.

You can track goal progress with the Advanced Progress Management feature, which displays completion percentage bars on your lists. You can choose to measure completion by task status or card checklist completion.

b. Accelo

Accelo’s Milestones are overarching agendas within a Project. For example, a testing stage for a product release. The stage can be classified as a Milestone and has several Tasks under it that need to be completed. 

However, the tool doesn’t have a distinct feature for setting goals.

2. Dashboards

a. Favro

In Favro, you can set up custom dashboards to gather data from multiple boards and collections and see visual representations using widgets.

The widgets include:

  • Pie charts
  • Bar charts
  • Tables
  • Sheets
  • Burndowns

You can choose the specific fields from the sources you’d like displayed (E.g., create a pie chart of cards by task status) — and add filters (E.g., filter the pie chart for a particular member).

Favro also allows you to duplicate, export, and share dashboards.

Favro_Dashboards

b. Accelo

Here’s a list of some of the many Dashboards that Accelo offers:

  • Schedule Dashboard
  • Utilization Dashboard
  • Profitability Dashboard
  • User Dashboard
  • Manager Dashboard
  • Company Dashboard
  • Sale Dashboard
  • Project Dashboard
  • Ticket Dashboard

These Dashboards provide you with a quick, accurate overview of different aspects around Project and Task management. It lets you oversee progress, planning, and profitability.

3. Gantt Charts

a. Favro

Favro’s Timeline View functions as a Gantt chart feature, allowing you to:

  • Create cards on the timeline
  • Add members to cards
  • Customize card fields
  • Manage card attachments

b. Accelo

Accelo’s Gantt charts allow you to: 

  • View Milestones and Tasks based on their durations and dependencies.
  • Click and drag to link Milestones or Tasks and create dependencies.
  • Collapse or expand Milestones to hide/view Tasks. 
  • Drag Milestone bars to extend or reduce durations for project planning.

 

D. User Management

Software, features, and other tech things aside, the real heroes of any project are your team members. So make sure to pick the kind of project management software that puts them front and center!

How do you do this?

Look for software that knows what different team members need and helps you deliver the right experience. 

Features to look out for include:

  • User groups: Create internal teams representing various departments, functions, or projects. 
  • Permission levels: Grant different access levels depending on the users’ information requirements and the company’s security concerns. 
  • Guest users: Invite team members from other companies/teams to collaborate with your team without compromising on confidential data. 

1. User Groups

a. Favro

Depending on your permission settings, administrators or members can create groups of people representing different teams, departments, skills, etc.

Group owners and admins can assign roles to group members. You can assign a group a card, board, list, or collections in one click as if it were an individual member.

b. Accelo

You can create custom User Groups in Accelo with specific permission levels for the whole group. 

This lets you categorize your team and bulk assign access levels, helping you to easily sort users and control their access to different Accelo modules.

2. Permission Levels

a. Favro

Favro’s permission settings allow you to:

  • Set collection visibility to Private (invite only), Organization (visible to all in the organization), or Public (visible to anyone with a link).
  • Select collection owners who can manage members, tasks, and settings.
  • Choose whether members can configure, rename, archive, or delete boards and lists.
  • Decide whether members or guests can add or edit cards.
  • Choose what types of visibility members can set on collections.

b. Accelo

Accelo offers comprehensive permission levels, including view, edit, assign, delete, plan, admin, and more, across three different access levels for users: 

  • Administrators have full access
  • Professionals are standard users who can log time and manage work
  • Contractors are limited roles that can only log time 

You can also choose to give members access based on their roles within specific teams on Accelo (for example, Company, Sale, Projects, etc.).

3. Guest Users

a. Favro

When you set boards or collections to Public and share links with external parties, they can visit as guests. Additionally, when you share boards, you can specify a view (E.g., timeline or sheet) that you would like guests to see when they follow the link.

Guest users won’t be able to see or access any other view, board, or collection in the workspace if they don’t have a link. You can choose whether guests can open cards and leave comments.

If you want to manage guests as if they were full members, you can convert guests to External Members.

b. Accelo

Accelo doesn’t have a distinct feature to add guest users. However, you can add users with temporary access by assigning Contractor roles. 

You can also add client users via the Client Portal.

E. Collaboration

In project management, collaboration and communication are like a ballroom dance — if everyone isn’t in sync, you’re just stepping on each other’s toes!

A project manager should encourage their team to be on the same page regarding everything happening on the project. This could involve regular meetings, periodic status updates, shared checklists, etc. 

But things can get tricky when you add different team structures (remote, hybrid, distributed, etc.). 

The trick is to balance ‘informing everyone’ with ‘over-communicating.’ 

The solution is to forge a shared space where the whole team can contribute without hampering individual productivity. Picking a suitable project management software is the first step toward achieving this goal. 

Features to look for include: 

  • Comments: Simple ways to send feedback or discuss a task or project. 
  • Threads: Keep all relevant comments in a single thread. 
  • Tagging/@mention: Mention a team member on a task, in comments, or in any shared space to notify them. 
  • Sharing tasks: Share tasks with relevant team members for efficient collaboration.
  • File management: Attach and store files, create and annotate documents, etc., for ready access to project documentation. 
  • Notifications: Customize how team members receive notifications.

1. Comments, Threads, & Tagging

a. Favro

Each Favro card has an activity feed showing actions taken and conversation threads. Here, you can leave comments, reply, mention others, and assign tasks.

Favro_Comments_Threads_Tagging

b. Accelo

Accelo doesn’t let you comment directly on Tasks. However, you can add replies to Activities in Message Streams.

An Activity is any work correspondence done for a Task, like sending an email, scheduling a meeting, or creating an Internal Note for your team. These Activities are logged in a Message Stream within a Project or Milestone.

Team members and clients can add in-line replies or comments in response to an Activity in the Message Stream.

2. File Management

a. Favro

To any card, you can attach images, files, and other cards or boards so assignees have all the resources they need to work productively.

b. Accelo

Attach files like PDFs and images to Tasks or email exchanges with your team or clients. 

You can also search for attachments or files from your Accelo Dashboard and upload files from integrated services like Dropbox or Google Drive.

3. Notifications

a. Favro

Each Favro card has its own activity feed. Mentioning or assigning others will send them a notification in the feed accessed on the app’s top bar.

If you’d like to receive notifications for all card activity, you can “follow” the card.

card activity will also display on the backlog with badges indicating mentions, edits, moved cards, and collection changes.

Favro_Notifications

b. Accelo

Stay on track with Task updates with email notifications for Task or Activity creation, Status updates, Expense submission, etc.

You’ll only receive email notifications based on your preconfigured settings.

F. Customer Support

Individual users in smaller teams often face a steep learning curve with most project management software. 

In their case, having access to responsive support executives and a wealth of helpful resources can make a significant difference, turning a frustrating experience into a positive one.

However, customer support is just as crucial for larger teams. 

Even if these teams initially received thorough onboarding and training, their needs and use cases tend to evolve over time. Continuous and adaptable customer support becomes essential to address these changing needs effectively.

With adequate customer support, you can:

  • Derive maximum value from the app with the help of professional guidance whenever required
  • Ensure your team is making full use of all the features you’re paying for
  • Learn from case studies of other teams using the same software
  • Expand your use cases with time
  • Learn about the features your team uses the most and avoid spending on those you don’t need
  • Solve minor issues on your end by going through help resources
  • Get hands-on support when you get stuck
  • Keep a record of all your complaints and feedback for the platform to aid future buying decisions
  • Send feedback to the app’s developers so they can design the features you most desire

Features to look for include: 

  • Detailed knowledge bases and documentation to aid DIY solutions to common issues
  • Case studies, templates, guides, and other resources
  • Easy access to resources for all types of users — free or paid
  • Async support executives to cover for the time difference
  • Live agents who can respond via chat or phone 
  • Screenshots and recordings to display how the tool works
  • Translations to resources in other languages, if needed

Favro

  • Support Articles: Pages providing written guidance and information on Favro’s features.
  • Favro Fanatics: A Facebook page for community engagement and support.
  • Video Tutorials: Short how-to videos explaining features and answering FAQs.
  • How-To Videos: Longer, more detailed videos explaining specific advanced features and processes.
  • Courses: Agility certifications users can attain through self-study or live training courses.
  • Quickstarts: Paid onboarding sessions to quickstart enterprises, game studios, and SaaS companies on Favro.
  • “Learn From Leaders” Podcast: Conversations with SaaS and Game industry leaders
  • Contact Support: You can do this via the chatbot, email, or booking a meeting through Calendly.

Accelo

  • Webinars: Recordings of training sessions and interviews around using Accelo
  • Video tutorials: Brief video walkthroughs on navigating Accelo products
  • Help Guides and FAQs: Guides and answers on everything you need to know about using the tool
  • Community: A space to share ideas, learn, and ask questions to other Accelo users
  • Professional service: Consultative services for building workflows, configuring platforms, train your team to use Accelo
  • Customer support: Email, Phone

G. Platforms Supported

Distributed and field teams might not always be armed with laptops or computers. 

But that doesn’t mean productivity has to stop.

With a mobile-friendly project management tool, the workflow keeps humming along, turning those smartphones into mighty workflow tools.

More reason to look into this?

If your company follows a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach, your team members need the freedom to switch between various devices. 

With support for all types of apps, you can:

  • Ensure uniform access irrespective of device type
  • Save on the cost of buying the same types of devices for the whole team
  • Give all team members a chance to log work from anywhere, anytime

Features to look for include: 

  • App support for the latest Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android versions.
  • Maximum coverage for all key features across devices

Favro

  • Browser: Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari
  • Desktop: Mac, Windows, Linux
  • Mobile: iOS, Android

Accelo

  • Browser: Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari 
  • Desktop: Mac, Windows, Linux
  • Mobile: iOS, Android

H. Pricing

Whether you have deep pockets or shoestring budgets, there’s project management software out there for every kind of organization. 

But the confusing combination of features and numbers on pricing pages can make it difficult to choose. 

Here are some easy tips for starters.

If you plan on buying the software subscription for just yourself or a small team that’s not likely to grow rapidly anytime soon — stick to the free plan as long as possible. Or pick the cheapest monthly subscription possible. These should cover most of your feature requirements comfortably in most cases. 

However, if you expect to hire rapidly and grow to a sizable number, go for a plan that grows with you — ideally with a per-user rate that doesn’t add up exponentially. 

Finally, most software offers flexible enterprise plans that let you cherry-pick your favorite features into a custom package. If you’re part of such a team, it’s best to contact the sales team and get the best deal possible. 

Favro Pricing

Favro’s pricing plans are structured as follows:

  • Free trial: A 14-day free trial of the Lite or Standard plan
  • Lite ($6/user/month): Five collections, unlimited boards, limited storage, 25 automation actions.
  • Standard ($8/user/month): Everything in Lite plus unlimited collections and storage and up to 5,000 automations.
  • Enterprise (Contact sales for pricing): Everything in Standard plus timesheets, 24-hour support (weekdays), and SAML SSO.

Accelo Pricing

Accelo has the following pricing plans:

  • Free Trial: Try Accelo with full access for 7 days. No credit card required. 
  • Professional ($50/user/month): Client Project Management, Sales Management, Quote Management, Time Logs, Timers, Timesheets, Invoices, Payments, Financial Insight Dashboards
  • Business ($70/user/month): Everything in Professional plus Client Retainer Management, Ticket Management, Shared Request Inbox, Expenses & Materials, Time Approvals for Billing, Unlimited Client Portal Users.
  • Advanced ($90/user/month): Everything in Business plus Advanced Custom Workflows, Advanced Triggers & Automation, Smart Scheduling & Utilization, Adaptive Project Scheduling, Client Asset Management, and 3 Advanced Reporting Users.
  • Elite (Contact for pricing): Everything In Advanced plus Role-Based Users from $39/month, Divisions Module, Unlimited Collaborator Users, SAML / Enterprise SSO, Premium Support with SLAs, Dedicated Account Manager.

I. Best Suited To

Picking the right project management tool is like finding the perfect pair of shoes. They must be a snug fit but also leave you some wiggle room to get comfortable! 

In other words, the tool you pick must fit all your current needs and grow alongside your future requirements, too. 

So make sure you’ve covered all bases in your research when picking project management software for your team. 

One way to do this is to check what types of teams your choice serves best. 

For instance, what works for a small software development team might not suit a large marketing agency. 

When hunting for a PM solution, it’s vital to match the tool’s features and use cases with your team’s workflow. Tailor your search to find a tool with all the necessary features to manage your tasks and boost productivity.

Favro Verdict

Favro is a versatile project management platform for agile teams, game development, software and SaaS projects, and enterprises.

Compared to other development-focused PM tools, Favro is fairly user-friendly, with intuitive navigation and features. However, the relative simplicity may limit companies with complex processes.

On one hand, this tool offers commendable controls for overseeing large teams — facilitating collaborative work-sharing, monitoring project progress, and safeguarding confidential information.

On the other hand, some of its features seem underdeveloped compared to more established PM platforms. For example, it has only a handful of views, limited dashboard widgets, no native time tracking, and sparse options for assigning comments or checklist items as actionable tasks.

So, it’s missing some advanced features you might need for a large-scale operation and also doesn’t offer a free plan like you would expect to see for tools targeted to SMEs.

Nonetheless, this tool serves as a reliable organizational hub for small or large companies. While it’s not as feature-rich as some of its counterparts in the software world, Favro is flexible and easy to learn, making it a worthy contender. 

The Favro team does take feature requests and is constantly updating and adding features, so we think it’s one to watch.

Accelo Verdict

Packed with various features for project management, client management, sales, and more, Accelo is well-suited for large-scale businesses and enterprises. It helps manage the diverse aspects of running a business without needing multiple tools.

But is it the best choice for you?

Accelo’s extensive feature set is easy to understand and use. The segregation of Projects by Company and the distribution of Tasks within Milestones lets you create a clean breakdown of your work. 

Its Project Schedule view provides an excellent overview of Task dependencies. Project managers can even add separate time and monetary budgets to each Milestone to ensure overall profitability. But the tool isn’t perfect.

Accelo’s broad offerings come at the cost of basic project management features. For example, you can’t break down Tasks into Subtasks. This can lead to your team losing focus on the subcomponents of a Task.

Moreover, it isn’t easy to communicate about Tasks on Accelo. Users need to send emails or add Internal Notes since they can’t add comments to Tasks. You also can’t customize Priority labels or set goals.

Another prominent issue is its lack of a free plan. The pricing (starting at $50/user) is also much higher than other tools in this niche. This makes it less suitable for solopreneurs, small businesses, and startups. 

Still, Accelo can be a viable choice if you require a broad solution with excellent customer service to manage diverse needs.