In this series I will review the different project management software I am currently using, which are Trello, Basecamp, Asana and Teamwork. In this post I will review Basecamp.
Basecamp is a simple project management software created in 2004, which means it’s one of (if not THE) first online project management software. The price range for the software is between $20/month and $150/month, depending on how many projects and how much file storage you want.
The image above shows you the project overview in Basecamp. As you can see, the software is really easy to use because there isn’t that much you can do. As you can see at the top of the image, the different features are projects, calendar, everything, progress, everyone, me.
Once you go inside a project, it will look like the image above: Latest updates, discussions, to-do lists and files. Everything associated with that project.
The calendar is a great feature in Basecamp. You can tell they have put a lot of thought into it. There are two parts in the calendar:
- The “general” calendar where you can add anything you want and share the calendar.
- The projects calendar, where you can see deadlines etc. for different projects.
The “progress” view shows you a timeline with everything that has been done.
Like the software, the mobile app has a really clean design and is really easy to use. They have the same structure and layout, so if you can use the desktop version and you are familiar with a smartphone, you can use the mobile app. The app is available on both AppStore and Google play.
What I like about Basecamp
- Really easy to use.
- Easy to set up and learn.
- Daily Recap email.
- Great tool for communication.
What I don’t like about Basecamp
- The design of the software is really simple and clean, BUT there is something with the design that I personally do not like. I can’t point out which part it is, but there is something with the look of it that isn’t satisfying my eyes.
- The only thing you really can do is communicate, there are no features for time tracking, Gantt charts, milestones etc.
Should you use Basecamp?
I found Basecamp useful for communicating with teams that were physically distant and in different time zones. Basecamp focuses on the features most people need, and implements those features really well.
If you are looking for a software where you are able to do something more than just the basic stuff, Basecamp is not the software you are looking for.
- Posted by Andreas Westerlund
- On November 3, 2015