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A presentation that we gave at DocTrainUX 2007 in Vancouver, Canada on April 19, 2007. This presentation looks at how technical communicators can use an online tool called Basecamp to manage......

A presentation that we gave at DocTrainUX 2007 in Vancouver, Canada on April 19, 2007. This presentation looks at how technical communicators can use an online tool called Basecamp to manage documentation projects.

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  • 1. Gaining a Foothold Using Basecamp to Improve Productivity and Collaboration Scott Nesbitt and Aaron Davis
  • 2. About Us
  • 3. Introduction
  • 4. Project Challenges
    • Efficient time management
    • Staying on top of tasks
    • Maintaining often tight schedules
    • Remote collaboration and communication
  • 5. Why Did We Choose Basecamp?
    • Easy to use
    • Features that we needed (but not overkill)
    • Flexibility
    • Customizable
    • Messaging and reporting
    • Price
  • 6. The Keys to Gaining a Foothold
    • Solid project management
    • Collaboration
    • File management
    • User experience
  • 7. Contents
    • Project Management
    • Messaging
    • Collaboration
    • File Management
  • 8. Project Management
    • Dashboard
    • Project Overview
    • Milestones
    • To-Do Lists
    • Time Tracking
  • 9. Dashboard
  • 10. Dashboard
    • Project at a glance
    • Milestone tracking
    • Monitor multiple projects simultaneously
    • Quick activity overview
  • 11. Project Overview
  • 12. Project Overview
    • Specific to one project
    • Can be associated with
      • A deliverable
      • A client project
  • 13. Milestones
  • 14. Milestones
    • High level objectives
      • Document Project Plan
      • Create Draft
      • SME Review
    • Associated with To-Do Items
    • Associated with Messages
    • Works well with Agile
      • User stories relate to milestones
  • 15. To-Do Lists
  • 16. To-Do Lists
    • Roll up into Milestones
    • Task and activity based
    • Granular and modular
    • Time tracking integration
  • 17. To-Do Lists
    • Development enhancements or changes
    • Monitor personal items across all projects
  • 18. Time Tracking
  • 19. Time Tracking
    • Easy to use
    • Can be generated through to-do items
    • Create time report
    • Export to CSV to manipulate offline
  • 20. CSV Export
  • 21. Messaging
    • Chat
    • Messages
  • 22. Chat
  • 23. Chat
    • Knowledge capture
    • Post files
    • Real time
    • Persists until project ends
    • Archived and searchable
  • 24. Messages
  • 25. Messages
    • Email alternative
    • Mechanism for:
      • SME reviews
      • Threaded comments
      • Q&A with teams
    • Associate and complete milestones
      • Content sign-off
  • 26. Messages
    • Email notifications
    • Centrally managed
    • Searchable
  • 27. Collaboration
    • Writeboard
    • Syndication
  • 28. Writeboard
  • 29. Writeboard
    • Simple and “low-fat” way to write
    • Internal and external team members
    • Flexible
    • Export writeboards to intranet site
    • Quick SME reviews with comments
    • Sign-off
  • 30. Syndication
  • 31. Syndication
    • RSS based
    • Feed reader
    • Mobile device
    • Control over project status
    • Less invasive than email alerts
  • 32. File Management
  • 33. File Management
    • File sharing for remote team
    • Attach to messages and chats
    • Tagging using Categories
    • Versioning of uploaded files
    • SME review
    • Content source
  • 34. Gaining a Foothold
    • Less time managing, more time writing
    • Usability
    • Collaboration beyond the writing team
    • At-a-glance project control
  • 35. Demo
  • 36. Q&A
  • 37. Additional Resources Presentation http://www.dmncommunications.com/presentations On the Web http://www.dmncommunications.com Blog http://www.dmncommunications.com/weblog Podcast http://dmn.podbean.com
  • 38. Contact Us