The Master Guide to Project Management Hierarchy

See how ClickUp is organized compared to other tools.
ClickUp
ClickUp’s Solution
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ClickUp provides Custom Statuses, visualizing every step of your workflow. Custom Statuses promote transparency within your Workplace and drastically increase productivity.
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Use Checklists to organize task processes in ClickUp. Checklists templates ensure the same process is completed throughly every time.
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ClickUp lets you quickly switch between both List and Board views, and gives you a third option for a high level overview with Box view.
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The hierarchy of ClickUp structures your Workplace into four different levels, allowing for greater organization.
Asana
Asana’s Pain Points
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When it comes to more complex collaboration and transparency, Custom Statuses reign supreme.
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Asana is essentially one big Checklist, which is great for groceries, but we’ve found that projects require something more robust.
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Asana forces you to choose between a Board and a List, without a way to switch.
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Having only one level prohibits the ability to organize, which restricts your teams ability to grow.
ClickUp
ClickUp’s Solution
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ClickUp lets you quickly switch between both List and Board views, and gives you a third option for a high level overview with Box view.
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We built Assigned Comments to quickly create action items out of a conversation. This brings accountability to simple messages.
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The hierarchy of ClickUp structures your Workplace into four different levels, allowing for greater organization.
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We’ve addressed this very frustrating issue by adding attachments in comments. That way, referencing a specific image is as simple as adding a comment.
Trello
Trello Pain Points
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Trello is entirely structured on their rigid Board system, which makes it hard for teams to scale.
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Trello only allows mentions inside comments, which lack action and accountability.
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Having only one level prohibits the ability to organize, which restricts your teams ability to grow.
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Trello’s attachment orgaization is clumsy at best. If there are many attachments in a board, it can be extremely difficult to sort and keep track of.
ClickUp
ClickUp’s Solution
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ClickUp lets you quickly switch between both List and Board views, and gives you a third option for a high level overview with Box view.
ClickUp hierarchy icon
ClickUp provides Custom Statuses, visualizing every step of your workflow. Custom Statuses promote transparency within your Workplace and drastically increase productivity.
ClickUp hierarchy icon
The hierarchy of ClickUp structures your Workplace into four different levels, allowing for greater organization.
Basecamp
Basecamp Pain Points
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Basecamp has only one view to manage your to-dos.
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The only way to add statuses in Basecamp is to sacrifice a level of their hierarchy and use categories as statuses.
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Basecamp only provides Projects and Categories.
ClickUp
ClickUp’s Solution
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ClickUp’s hierarchy provides extensive customization for various industries and workflows.
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ClickUp is unique in that it has spaces which offer much more customizable organization of the platform for any setup.
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ClickUp offers a List, Board, and Box view, that you can switch between at any time.
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ClickUp holds the perfect balance of complexity while providing true customizability and simplicity.
Monday
Monday Pain Points
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Monday is simply a high-level table, optimizied for seeing everything that’s going on in your Workplace.
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Monday lacks spaces which doesn’t allow for users to tailor each level of their “Hierarchy” for their specific goals.
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There is only one way to view a Monday Folder.
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Monday is only as exciting as an Excel spreadsheet.
ClickUp
ClickUp’s Solution
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The hierarchy of ClickUp structures your Workplace into four different levels, allowing for greater organization.
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Use Checklists to organize task processes in ClickUp. Checklists templates ensure the same process is completed throughly every time.
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ClickUp is dynamic enough to serve as both a basic checklist and as a complex Folder management platform. ClickUp offers checklists in both task descriptions and as a subtask option.
Todoist
Todoist Pain Points
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Todoist is very limited in scope and makes managing many different projects difficult.
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Todoist is essentially one big Checklist, which is great for groceries, but we’ve found that projects require something more robust.
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Generally, Todoist does well as a to-do list more than it does as a Folder management platform. Despite Todist’s focus on being a geat to-do list, it still lacks even a basic checklist.
ClickUp
ClickUp’s Solution
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By adding and removing the features you need, ClickUp Spaces can be used by businesses of all kinds.
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ClickUp is clear and concise. You can even mark your favorite views for quick access.
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ClickUp’s hierarchy provides extensive customization for various industries and workflows.
Jira
Jira Pain Points
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JIRA requires a technical background to set up and use efficiently.
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Advanced searches are required to navigate JIRA.
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Not intuituve, the “hierarchy: seems to lack a true hierarchical structure with ascending and descending levels.

The full equivalency chart

Compare ClickUp’s hierarchy to other platforms!
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Asana
Trello
Basecamp
Monday
Todoist
Jira
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Workplace
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Folder
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List
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Task
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Subtasks
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Checklist
The hierarchy is a foundation for how your Workplace will use ClickUp.
It was built for organization but lets you customize it however you like.
Spaces, Folders, and Lists each play their special role in organizing your Workplace.
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