Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the questions we get asked most frequently.

How is Minsilo pronounced?#

The word Minsilo is a portmanteau of "min(imize)" and "silo(s)". The name comes from the concept of minimizing communication silos in companies.

How is Minsilo different than project management tools?#

Most project management tools are focused on task management, resource planning, and backlogs. These tools create clarity around what a team needs to do.

By contrast, Minsilo is focused on alignment management, context creation, and decision making support. Minsilo creates clarity around why work is being done, why it matters, and how it relates to the business's purpose.

Recently, the Project Management Institute has identified 3 new criteria for determining success in project management:

  • Benefits realization
  • Value creation
  • Strategic alignment

Minsilo focuses on these three factors, rather than the traditional elements of time, cost, and scope (which most project management tools do well).

Importantly, Minsilo is not intended to replace tools like Jira, Trello, Asana, or Clubhouse.

What's the story behind Minsilo?#

Minsilo was founded in 2018 by Ryan Leaf.