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Presentation about Basecamp, a hosted project management software. Delivered at the Digital Library Federation Fall Forum 2008, Project Manager's Group Meeting. Describes the use of Basecamp for ...

Presentation about Basecamp, a hosted project management software. Delivered at the Digital Library Federation Fall Forum 2008, Project Manager's Group Meeting. Describes the use of Basecamp for digital library projects.

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  • Collaborative Project Management Using Basecamp Tito Sierra NCSU Libraries DLF Fall Forum 2008 Project Manager’s Group Meeting November 14, 2008
  • Outline
    • What is Basecamp?
    • Our Experience Thus Far
    • Features and Pricing
    • Strengths and Weaknesses
    • Best Practices
  • What is Basecamp?
    • Web-based project management tool
    • Tool for the Project Team
      • … not just the Project Manager
    • Emphasis on collaboration tools
      • … not just schedules and tasks
  • Why Basecamp?
    • “ Basecamp takes a fresh, novel approach to project collaboration. Projects don’t fail from a lack of charts, graphs, stats, or reports, they fail from a clear lack of communication. Basecamp solves this problem by providing tools tailored to improve the communication between people working together on a project.”
    • — http://www.basecamphq.com
  • Our Experience Thus Far
    • Using it for the last eight months
    • Projects
      • Many web development projects
      • Grant proposal
      • Search committee work
    • People
      • 30 user accounts in our organization
      • 3 user accounts outside NCSU
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  • Features
    • Messages
    • To-Do
    • Milestones
    • Writeboards
    • Files
    • Dashboard
  • Messages Project blogging with email
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  • To-Do Assigned tasks grouped into categories
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  • Milestones Lightweight project scheduling
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  • Writeboards Document-level wiki with versioning
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  • Files File storage with versioning
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  • Dashboard Activity summary across all your projects
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  • Features We Don’t Use
    • Chat
      • Real-time web based chat
      • Useful for distributed teams
    • Time tracking
      • Logging hours people spend on tasks
      • Useful for consultants
  • Pricing
  • Pricing
  • Strengths
    • Collaboration tools
      • Writeboard, pervasive commenting
    • Communication tools
      • Messages, RSS feeds, milestone calendar
    • Document management
      • Project-based file storage, versioning
    • User interface
    • Hosted service
  • Weaknesses
    • Lack of task management tools
      • No prioritization outside of ordering
      • No dependencies tracking
    • Limited scheduling functionality
    • Not for managing deployed projects
    • Hosted service
    • Subscription fee ($$$)
  • Emergent Best Practices
    • Open task assignment
    • In meeting task assignment
    • Writeboards for technical docs
    • Organize work around milestones
  • Thanks!
    • Tito Sierra
    • North Carolina State University
    • [email_address]
  • More Information
    • Basecamp:
    • http://www.basecamphq.com/videos