April 25, 2019
A simple to use project management app that tries to be an all-in-one solution, offering integrated chat, file storage, and project management tools.
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.
Despite being a little unusual, Basecamp is very easy to use, and offers some interesting features you won't find in other tools. One such example is Automated Check-ins, which allows team members to answer specific questions at regular intervals to update the rest of the team on the progress of their work.
Basecamp may not be for everyone, however. Enterprises may not find the special features they need, or the higher level support contracts that other services provide. It also relies on integrations for standard features that other competitors support, such as Gantt charts and time tracking.
Simple tile-based interface
Automated questionnaires for team member updates
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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