Basecamp is a real-time communication tool that helps teams stay on the same page; it’s less for traditional project management tasks (e.g., resource planning and long-term scheduling). With to-do-lists, calendaring, due dates and file-sharing, Basecamp provides a way for teams to keep track of priorities and actionable items.
Since 2004, Basecamp has focused on developing a simple interface in which users can create projects, document progress and manage tasks. It is a Web-based software, allowing users to sign in anywhere, any time, either through a Web browser or through apps compatible with a large number of mobile devices.
Not specific to a single industry, Basecamp can be deployed by any organization that needs to manage a group, including nonprofits, startups and client service firms—and it can even be used by freelancers. Subscriptions are scalable, with tiers for varying amounts of storage and numbers of users.
Michael from Thriveworks
Employees number: 51-200 employees
I use Basecamp every day. It's simple, yet effective. I can store notes, upload documents, notify team members, track progress, and access data quickly and easily. You can quickly created templates for repeated documentation purposes, too. I don't have to worry about storing paper files, or looking for a note. With Basecamp, I can go to the cloud and access information anytime, from anywhere.
Vickie from PM Unlimited
Specialty: Management Consulting
Employees number: 2-10 employees
Ease of use is good and unlimited storage is useful.
Not more construction based for what we do.
Vladimir from ionHealthCare
Employees number: 51-200 employees
Used it extensively for a period of time, and absolutely love it. It's very intuitive and self-explanatory. Performance it great, and maintenance very low.
Ease of use
Didn't find any cons
Buy it, it's worth every dollar
Christopher from Volt Workforce Solutions/Schneider Electric
Employees number: 10,000+ employees
I've used Basecamp for project management assignments and actionable to-dos with different business units internally to my company. It was very convenient to have using this tool because it would send email reminders on items that had to be completed by you or by someone else and it showed who is responsible for what. It's great for a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and overall for the Executing, Monitor & Control and Closing phases of project management. Planning too in the initial phase of assigning work to everyone to contribute to the final deliverable whatever that may be. In my case it was private portal websites but also side work that does contribute to a piece of the whole.
Overall it was effective and I would like to use it again.
- Ease of use
- Fun to use at times
- Would send follow up email reminders to you and your time holding you or your team mates accountable for the delivery of an assignment they're working on. It makes you stay on your toes doing your work and not bringing your team down when you can see when who has what to have their work completed by.
- Other pros would be the overall site, it was friend and had a good vibe to it. The layout was a great User Experience and you don't need technical training in project management to get the hang of it
- Lack of participation from some colleagues in using this software but otherwise it was great. Can't think of any Cons.
Consider giving this a shot if you'd like to collaborate closer with those you work with on projects or assignments. It's great to hold those accountable for their deliverable contributing to the main closing deliverable because you can see who has what due by when and you can comment, chat, etc and rate things in Basecamp. It's a friendly UX layout.
Theresa from Clermont County Public Library
Employees number: 51-200 employees
The new upgrade does not offer templates. Basecamp 2 will not export to anything except an html document. It would be helpful to be able to sort projects by date. It would be helpful to be able to duplicate a project in one step instead of duplicating step by step.
We like the email feature because it provides a record of comments for each project. Basecamp 2 handles the database and provides good storage. We like being able to add and delete users. Customer service is good; they always get back to us. We like the templates offered in Basecamp 2 because that is how we like to use it.
We stated cons above in the review section. We need some analytic capabilities. We could use dependacies.
Anna from Plastic Surgery Studios
Employees number: 11-50 employees
Basecamp is a great tool that promotes great communication between the team members on our projects. We also use a product called Harvest to keep track of our time spent on our projects, and Basecamp allows seamless integration with Harvest. Basecamp is vital to our company's ability to track the work that we have done on a project and communication with all the team members. I highly recommend Basecamp project management software.
Its ability to keep track of all work performed and communication between all team members working on a particular project.
It would be good to have more user levels or the ability to limit a user's ability to perform certain acts. For example, anyone who has access to a project is able to edit another person's entry. It would be good to have editing ability limited to the user who created the entry only.
Basecamp is a great project management software program that is instrumental to our business.
Tommy from COVEO Solutions
Specialty: Software / Technology
This is a standard task management tool with all the classic tools, but the main power of basecamp, is the communication.
When working on a project with a customer, you can get the customer employees to interact with your employees on the project.
Automation and collaboration is in the middle of this tool!
Mobile app, helps when your manager ask for an update!
Works better with small project.
You don't need another communication platform, chose carefully.
This is not a personal task manager, this is a very powerful collaboration tool, that you won't keep only inside your business, but will help interact with customers!
Jess from Hatchbuck
Specialty: High Tech
Basecamp is easy to use with all of the features you need - to-do lists, calendar, discussion and file sharing.
Basecamp is one of the few tools I've used that I have no complaints with. Been using them since 2009 and they just keep getting better.
This is perfect for small teams that want to efficiently communicate and manage projects.
Markus from Nugent Builders
I like the fact that there can be collaboration, automated questions that happen at a certain time each and every day, as well as the ability to generate reports of either what is on someone's plate, what they have completed in a given amount of time, and more. There also is a user-friendly mobile app that can be convenient when you're on the go.
I wish Microsoft Office products could be used more seamlessly with this, instead of Basecamp's knock-off word document type. It makes it cumbersome if you want to be able to collaborate on an existing Word doc.
Depending on your department, as well as company culture, if you find yourself in an office environment, or have access to a computer even while on the road and are willing to take a minute and update your goings on the application, this can be a good fit. However, it is not a construction-only system, and so it is not nearly as specialized as many of the options available on the market that are more specialized.
Rebekah from Akaka Foundation for Tropical Forests
The design is intuitive and easy to use. If the folks within your organization use the product consistently, it is a great way to manage products and keep track of dialogue and to-do lists.
Nothing has come up for me. It is great for project management.
Make sure you know what your needs are before committing to using a product.
Haldan from Erik Block Design Build
The user interface is very intuitive. There isn't a lot of room for error.
With larger projects it is sometimes easy to misplace files within such a large amount of other files.
It might be helpful to compartmentalize projects. For example if you are a design build company, you could separate your files and even the project into the different phases of the project. Right now it requires starting a new project.
Ken from Special-Lite, Inc
That it is simple to use, simple to navigate, and is easily accessible.
I wish that you could assign priorities to each project and have some simple reports functions
If you are looking at having a wide variety of people using a project software you should consider BaseCamp. I have tried a couple of the others available and my team didnt want to use it because it was to complicated. Overall, you will get a pretty good response from this software.
Erik from Erik Block Design Build~LLC
Ease of use
File sharing is great
Picture records for future reference
Calendar is great
Need a few tweaks
- More versatility
- Mobile app needs more updates, should be able to add events etc, without having to first pick a job. Say I have an appointment not associated with a job, I need to classify it in a job to put it in my calendar, not my favorite
Keep it simple
Simple as possible means all users have a better experience
Mobile app is helpful
Stacey from The DZAP Group
Basecamp is easy to navigate and makes it very easy to keep track of what is on your "to-do" list for the day or week. You can cross things off your list, assign tasks to other users/team members and set dates for tasks to forecast the overall timeline of a project. It offers esthetically pleasing views of on going projects and includes a monthly calendar breakdown as well as an overview tab for conversations and comments that are occurring in real time. Basecamp also gives you the option of sending emails to alert you or other users when a comment is left or an update is made to a task.
The only issue is that you can only see projects your are associated with, so if you are trying to monitor a team effort, you'll need to make sure each user is added to the individual projects even if they are not responsible for any actual work on them.
I highly recommend taking a look at Basecamp for project management whether you are a one man team or a thousand man team. It is easy to use and is a great way to maintain deadlines and project conversations.
Holly from Trades of hope
It's easy. It keeps our business which is growing at a 300% rate all on the same page and up to date on projects moving at lightning speed.
That we don't have graphs available. But we make it work and they have everything else we need.
If you don't have a project management system your crazy! See how others use it and adap it to fit your business. We started out using it one way and with some changes and tweaks it was a game changer for communication and efficiency.
Lindsey from LeaseLabs
Basecamp is very easy to learn since it has an easy to use interface. You can easily create new projects, task lists, notes, and upload files. All tasks can have due dates and be assigned to a team member. You can also create project templates so you do not need to continually set up the same task lists and notes over and over again for similar projects.
Team members can have different levels of access within your company's account. You can make it so only specific users have the ability to create projects, project templates and assign specific team members to each project.
Another great feature is that you can email notes and project to-do lists to your project and the software will set them up for you. This saves a ton of time if you have a huge task list that you need to add.
The software also integrates with a ton of other applications which is extremely useful if you use many applications in your company.
You cannot create gantt charts in Basecamp. This would be a great add-on feature. We're currently using another software that integrates with Basecamp to create our company's gantt charts.
I truly believe this is the simplest and most well organized task manager currently out there. It is not extremely expensive, which is a huge plus. I've been using it for years and have never once had an issue with it.
Collette from Savvy Subcontracting
How simple the concept is. The images also help those who are visual. You can choose different concepts of how you use the projects.
You can't do sub lists. It would be wonderful if there were timers built onto each task.
Compare to other PM applications. Use it for at least three months before giving feedback.
Sarah from Kalmia Enterprises Inc
easy to use, easy to learn, works well for basic task lists
I wish it would give you the ability to have actual sub tasks and possibly offer some workflow options!
It is easy to use, works across multiple platforms and I really like the templates and calendar features! If you have questions or issues they are super fast at responding!
Scott from Praeclarus Press
Basecamp - Great online content management system. This system is very easy to upload to and share information with your workgroup. It is not that expensive and will give you great capabilities if you are working on more than one project or if you need to share information with work partners.
You can start as many projects as you need, and you can limit who has access to different parts of that project. Breaks down into two groups your Team and the Client - you can set access for each of these groups. Clients can be limited to only view or change particular accepts of the project that you give rights to.
Tracking - you have the ability to track compare work that has been done to early versions of a document. You can also pull up the work history of Team members or Clients. It is easy to invite Team members and clients and there is nothing to download.
After you have uploaded files (in my case as a publisher images for example) you can not download them as a group. You have to individually download each file that you need. This can lead to having multiple version of a file. If you do not delete a previous version of a document then there will be two. the only way to not run into this is to us the document fuction in Basecamp. This feature is very basic. if you do not stay on top of file management and discussion you could be soon over run and find yourself with a lot of clean up work.
this is a great start platform for anyone getting started on small projects. It will keep you organized keep team members involved and is an easy way to start discussion and get input form across all departments. To me it is a very basic platform only took us a couple of years to outgrown because of the amount of information we were sharing and running up to 9 projects at once. The calendar did not integrate well (this may have changed)
I currently still use the program but on a very limited basis. I will say that without basecamp we would have had a hard time working in remote office when we started.
Vicki from ADK Executive Search and Consulting
We use Basecamp for project management. It's extremely user friendly and there's not a steep learning curve to figure out how it works. Our projects have countless small details, and before we started using Basecamp, we would forget some of the elements of the project. With Basecamp, once we created our project templates (the tasks that would have to be completed for every project) the rest was easy. All we do is pull up the template, change the name of the project and then assign tasks and due dates for each item. Each person is notified of assigned tasks, due dates, and then notified when a task is coming due, or has been completed. It's very simple to customize each project using the template as a base. We love how tasks and groups of tasks can be added to, deleted, and moved around with a simple drag and drop.
Honestly, the most difficult part about using the program is having our team remember to check off tasks as they do them. This is something that has taken them awhile to remember. It would be nice if the developer made it a little more difficult to make permanent changes on templates. There have been times when we have accidentally changed a template, thinking we were creating a unique project, and then we'd have to undo the changes and redo the template. A message such as, "Are you sure you want to make these changes to your template" would work.
Don't be afraid to play around with it. You can always edit, update, change or add new info. Find some way to get your team on board, because if everyone is not using it, it won't work for you. Also, be very careful that you are not changing your actual project template when you mean to be updating or creating an individual project.