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Project Management ~ Basecamp

Category: Products & Materials March 24th, 2008 by mbc

For me, the cornerstone of project management isn’t a gantt chart or a risk register, but lists. In Basecamp, I find the ability to create and maintain all the lists that I need to keep track of my barn conversion. It also provides you with the ability to share files, text, and messages and track time & tasks with other members of a project team. The emphasis is on project collaboration and communication. I’ll not rattle on too much about the details, best for you to take a look yourselves as a limited, free version of the software is available that will be sufficient for most small projects.

I’ve long been a admirer of 37signals (the company behind Basecamp). Minimalist software providing stripped back functionality with a style of its own – pushes my buttons.

The great advantage of online applications such as this is their access-anywhere-ability. All that is needed is internet access – not as ubiquitous as a notebook (those moleskine notebooks are still a favourite of mine) but the next best thing AND completely water-proof.

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8 Responses

  1. Nate Says:

    Hi there,
    I must say that I love web-based application also. All of my information are just a click away.
    Currently I’m using . What I really like is its simplicity and very intuitive GUI.
    Since you value lists, I strongly recommend you to try it. All of your data are organized as lists (list of projects, list of tasks, issues etc.) I believe you will like it. So let me know what you think.

  2. Mark Phillips Says:

    If you need to send project summaries or project wrap-ups to clients from Basecamp, check out

    Its a new service, currently in beta which allows you to export reports from Basecamp to PDF(with beta pricing starting at $0.99 per report).

    If you have any suggestions, let us know! Hope you find it useful.

  3. mbc Says:

    I’d love to give it a go, but don’t fancy paying for the privilege.

    Have you considered going the whole 37 signals way and offering a free version or at least a free trial?

  4. Rudy Says:

    It’s interesting to observe people’s love-hate relationships with Basecamp. I personally don’t like it. I just didn’t reach the goal of making my team more productive with Basecamp. They don’t even have due dates for tasks, how am I supposed to track if it is done or not? Now, I’m with Wrike. What I like in Wrike besides due dates, is the email integration. Saves so much time!

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  6. Amit Patekar Says:

    I am working as project manager.
    I have been searching for a good software for task management.

    dotProject is the best.

    fly spray is also good one.
    I have also used fly spray with joomla.


  7. Steve Says:

    You can also try Manymoon, it’s free:

    With Manymoon you can:
    * Managed private and shared To Do Lists and Projects.
    * Upload documents and add them to tasks and projects.
    * Integrate with Google Docs and Google Calendar.
    * Automatically convert emails into tasks.
    * Twitter-like feature to let people know what you are working on.

  8. Lime Mortar Supplier Says:

    I am a fan of basecamp though I have to say I switched to mavenlink when Google included it within their apps for business mail. Handy being able to link your google calendar to outstanding tasks with due dates etc.

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