Dominic's Basecamp Review
January 14, 2014
Dominic's Basecamp Review
User Experience Designer
Slalom ConsultingInformation Technology and Services, 1-10 employees
Score 7 out of 10
Basecamp was used to house all of our project files and track our progress. Basecamp also helped to facilitate communication amongst team members during the project. We were able to track the progress of individual task completion which gave us a good idea of overall project progress. Basecamp was instrumental for project management in that way and helping to prevent timeline creep. It's also really helpful to have all of your project files in one place where all team members can edit or create.
- Poject management - users are able to track the progress of smaller, critical tasks as opposed to just overall project progress. This added level of granularity helps to prevent timeline creep and helps to keep things on track, or at least lets users know when a project is starting to come off the rails.
- File storage - Users are able to store, edit, and share documents much like with Google Docs. Having a cloud storage solution such as base camp helps teammates be aware of each others work/progress and also eliminates the possibility of lost data due to team hardware failure.
- Facilitate team discussion - base camp provides teammates with the ability to discuss their project. Communication is often a key ingredient to project success so this is a very helpful feature.
- I would like to see seamless integration with Google docs. I personally use Google docs a lot and most of my colleagues and friends do the same. I think that Google's offerings are far superior to Basecamp's native Whiteboard.
- Better integration between calendar and base camp would help
- Some way to document optional or hazy start dates for milestones (Gantt charts maybe?)
- Basecamp helped facilitate better team communication
- Basecamp helped the team track their progress both overall and with individual milestones
- Basecamp was fairly intuitive and didn't require a lot of time for people to get used to and begin effectively utilizing it.
- Google Docs
Basecamp provides users with better project management tools than Google Docs. The price point is heavily in Google Doc's favor as it is free unless you are utilizing large amounts of space with your documents. I think that both environments do a good job of supporting access via numerous different devices. Both environments also allow users the ability to add third party functionality as needed.
I am currently unlikely to renew my subscription to Basecamp for the simple reason that I no longer need it. I have since moved on to work for a different company doing a different kind of work. If I still needed a cloud based team work tool, Basecamp would be a frontrunner in my mind though.
Basecamp works great for tracking project progress, storing files in the cloud, and promoting team discussion. If you need the ability to create new files in the cloud, I would probably recommend Google Docs or something similar to that. Basecamp is a bit pricey compared to other solutions on the market. Also if you're doing software development, bug tracking is not very good.