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Basecamp is it really possible to work?

Basecamp is it really possible to work?

37signal created Basecamp, an online project management tool, in 2004. It was the first online project management tool and created the need to monitor projects in a systematic manner using technology. It’s been a decade since then, and it’s fascinating to see how Basecamp has evolved in the face of new technological demands and a rapidly growing competition. Basecamp’s strength is its simplicity. Even the most disabled employee can navigate the many features in just 10 minutes. Basecamp’s primary view (or as it is called, its ‘dashboard), gives you all the relevant information about the project and the tasks going on simultaneously. The admin (usually the project manager), can control who can view what. To view a particular component of the project, you must be invited by the manager. This allows for a more efficient work environment, especially when multiple projects are running simultaneously. Project teams/members will only have access to the data as necessary. Basecamp offers a free version that allows you to share the progress of your ongoing project with multiple people, and assign tasks to them. These tasks can be scheduled with a due time, documents and media can be uploaded without technical difficulties, and discussions can take part. Discussion is a great way to get input from all members of a project team. This allows project managers to communicate effectively with their subordinates while planning their next steps. Basecamp is not a free app and comes with limitations. Basecamp’s main limitation is its inability to process more than one project at once. Many teams require the software for one project. Project managers, however, often have multiple projects and will need to purchase the paid version. The paid version has few drawbacks, aside from the fact that it costs extra. It is well worth the price, as it allows you to manage multiple simultaneous projects and has a much larger media storage capacity. These packages include: 1. $40 per month – 15 GB storage and management of 40 projects at once $100 per month – 40GB storage and 100 projects simultaneously $150 per month- 100GB storage and unlimited projects. Packages are strategically placed to capture all consumer markets, from startups (free version available as well). For ambitious, yet young startups, $150 per month is too high for project management. Basecamp may not be the right tool for low-cost users. Collabtive, a free and low-cost software that has been around since 2004, is a great fit for project management support. Basecamp’s effectiveness or ineffectiveness is entirely dependent on the project manager and the size and complexity of the project. Author : Lisa Findlay