Stuff We Like: Basecamp

With all of the project management systems available, selecting the right one for your needs isn’t the easiest task. Each has its strengths and weaknesses, and depending on how you plan to use it, there is a “right” choice to make.

For us, the relative simplicity and ease of Basecamp make it the best option. Let’s dig into why…

Basecamp prides itself on facilitating communication, and rolls a range of features into one central, easy to navigate location. Users can access Basecamp on Mac, PC, Android, iOS, and through a web version without losing functionality, and this agility makes it even more powerful.

The features themselves are pretty straightforward. Users can organize projects and teams, grouping together people and documentation accordingly. Instead of wandering through every project, team members will have access (and notifications) for the work they’re involved in – and none of the other noise.

That theme permeates the Basecamp model: streamlining the experience for users.

 

The message boards are a great way for staff (and clients) to communicate, and are far better organized than email threads – though you can receive and reply to message boards via email too. Managers can determine who is notified or included on posts, message boards can be created for specific projects or topics, and users can determine which messages are internal, and which can be seen by clients.

As you can see from the image above, Basecamp also has a chat feature, file storage, calendars, to-do lists, and automated check-ins to keep projects on track.

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