Current Collaboration Tools Failing U.S. Project Teams According to Planview Study | Business Wire: Traditional and Newer Disparate Tools Lead to Collaboration Hurdles: Collaborators use an average of four tools to manage projects. The top ones cited are email (73%), spreadsheets (62%), phone calls (53%), and web conferencing (49%). Although email is the top collaboration method, more than 40 percent also said it is their top collaboration hurdle with the risk of missing important emails. Nearly half (48%) of respondents believe they are using specialized collaboration tools, but the majority of these mention “partial” solutions, such as various Google products (e.g., Google Drive), GoToMeeting, Microsoft Project, the “cloud” and SharePoint. In fact, 43% said that they want an all-in-one collaboration solution that provides the functions offered by these stated partial solutions. Other top obstacles include making project information easily accessible to all members (40%) and understanding who is available and who is in overload (39%). Dire Consequences: Survey respondents believe they waste more than seven hours per week per person of productivity time because of collaboration issues, adding up to 350 hours or nearly nine weeks per year. Team members are frustrated due to poor collaboration (45%), and believe they are duplicating efforts resulting in lower productivity (37%). Approximately a third say project collaboration difficulties result in late project delivery (34%), lower quality projects (33%) and going over budget (24%).