It should start with vision and direction adopted for the tool.
If tool is intended for individuals or small cohesive internal team members then sure no much worries about permissions.
But with most project these days external vendors working across multiple teams, then there are virtual team members and also cross departmental members mixed up in to the project team. On top of this there are governance stakeholders above and can be in all directions of the same organization or outside and can be in all direactions like government authorities, competitors, customer partners, public etc… you name it.
Why to worry about this diversity of the team mixutures? Intellectual property rights and confidentiality for technical, financial, legal, management etc… reasons. And in project management this is very critical by the definition of the projects. Without this ability to setup proper permissions either it is extremely inefficient (e.g. setting up all sensitive items into it’s own workspace or board. Imagine hundreds of boards in a project. That project management will be challenging and project dooomed to fail.)
Imagine no Folder level permissions. Analogously think of cloud storage providers without folder level permissions, rest you can think of the risk and impact to the owner.
There is no other implementation possible when it comes to permissions. A project management tool must give total control of setting permissions into the hands of the admin.
This is equally true in any other usage cases than project management.
I understand what Man is trying to say above. And more serious users like upper management in any organization or PMOs etc… evaluating it, the tool will fail in first screening due to lack of permissions.
I can go and give examples after examples but in the centre it will be just one thing. Permissions.
With undue access, I wouldn’t allow anyone free access to my data. I wouldn’t allow ayone free open access to my house. I wouldn’t allow anyone free access to my laptop. No company would give free access to their premises, floor spaces, companies don’t even give admin access to the laptops of their own employees. A country wouldn’t allow anyone free access to even enter. Permissions. Permissions. Permissions. That is how critical it is.