Running with Basecamp

The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals within the given constraints.

If you are working as a team, communication is very vital. It is very challenging for anyone who work on a project to stay on the same page.

What is Basecamp?

And why use this app for project management?

Basecamp is a project management web app developed by Basecamp and launched in 2004. It has a specific discussion area where you can go to ask questions or give your opinion on a particular project. If you have something to say about a task or file, there is always the option to comment directly on the item itself. This helps to keep all information together.

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It has the power to put this all in one place, where all parties are able to access it, with separate sections for messages, tasks and files. It is useful in communicating with teams who were physically distant, particularly those working in different time zones.

If you are included in recipients list, you will receive a notification email each time someone posts to that message thread. You can simply respond to the email and it will be added to the thread, automatically alerting the other message recipients – you can even include attachments on the email and these will be added to the project files.

Every day, Basecamp sends you an email about the status and updates made in your projects and tasks. If you think of another task that needs to be added, you can create it simply by writing it up in an email and sending it to Basecamp. It will then appear in the system for everyone to see.

Similarly, you can provide progress updates on a task that you are working on. It also lets you contribute to discussions through your email and notify others of the discussion topic so that they can respond quickly, online or offline.

Basecamp keeps project management simple.

Projects lets you see a tile for each project of which you are a member. In a Calendar tab, you can see the upcoming due dates and milestones. The Everything tab shows a page of additional choices which are handy tools when you need to search for something.

Progress turns the project’s activities into a visual, vertical timeline. The Everyone tab in Basecamp shows a page of user profile photos and a snapshot of their bios, and the Me tab lets you dive into your own profile.

Basecamp Catchup button, is a special feature which takes you to a page summarizing the day’s activity. It’s a great way to quickly see what you might have missed while you were out of the office, or if you are pulled into a project midway through its development.

The service remains simple to use and quick to set up, but it’s not nearly as robust as other online project management solutions.

Basecamp feels more broken into component parts. A dashboard showing an overview of one of your projects breaks updates into various sections, like Latest Updates, Discussions, and To-Do Lists. You see a preview of each listed item, but there isn’t much cohesion among the different sections.

The user information centralized and it should not be overlooked. Employees like to be able to see faces of the people with whom they collaborate, as well as to be able to quickly look up their contact information and time zone. Which the Basecamp does not have. Live chat is another feature that truly collaborative teams like to use and while it is available in Basecamp as an add-on.

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