Basecamp is an unusual project management service. It opts for a flat fee instead of a per user scheme with multiple tiers. Its primary interface on PC uses a tiled approach, instead of the usual top-down menus with lists or spreadsheet-like views. It even offers some developer tools for companies that can take advantage of them.
What is Basecamp?
Basecamp sees itself as the all-in-one project management solution, removing the need to use separate tools such as Slack, Google Drive, and your current project management solution. The product first debuted in 2004 as a product of 37signals, before the company changed its name to Basecamp.
Basecamp has a different interface compared to other project management software solutions. Instead of using some form of a tabbed or top menu interface, Basecamp opted for tiles as the primary point of interaction. There are tiles for individual teams, such as management and marketing, as well as tiles for specific projects. Within those tiles are all the various features Basecamp offers. There's also a helpful built-in assistant (think Clippy but useful) to get a project started, or to organize a team.
The company says it also focuses on communication and transparency to help teams understand what they need to be doing on a given day. Basecamp's solution to this problem is largely to post information and files that are publicly accessible within Basecamp's organizational hierarchy, which includes company, teams, and projects.
Basecamp Video Overview: Project Management in Action
This video from Basecamp provides an overview of the software including its basic components and features. Check it out to fully understand what you're signing up for with this project management software.
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