Collaborative Project Management Using Basecamp Tito Sierra NCSU Libraries DLF Fall Forum 2008 Project Manager’s Group Mee...
Outline <ul><li>What is Basecamp? </li></ul><ul><li>Our Experience Thus Far </li></ul><ul><li>Features and Pricing </li></...
What is Basecamp? <ul><li>Web-based project management tool </li></ul><ul><li>Tool for the Project Team </li></ul><ul><ul>...
Why Basecamp? <ul><li>“ Basecamp takes a fresh, novel approach to project collaboration.  Projects don’t fail from a lack ...
Our Experience Thus Far <ul><li>Using it for the last eight months </li></ul><ul><li>Projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many w...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Features <ul><li>Messages </li></ul><ul><li>To-Do </li></ul><ul><li>Milestones </li></ul><ul><li>Writeboards </li></ul><ul...
Messages Project blogging with email
 
 
To-Do Assigned tasks grouped into categories
 
 
 
Milestones Lightweight project scheduling
 
 
 
 
Writeboards Document-level wiki with versioning
 
 
 
 
Files File storage with versioning
 
 
 
 
Dashboard Activity summary across all your projects
 
 
Features We Don’t Use <ul><li>Chat </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real-time web based chat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Useful for di...
Pricing
Pricing
Strengths <ul><li>Collaboration tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writeboard, pervasive commenting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commun...
Weaknesses <ul><li>Lack of task management tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No prioritization outside of ordering </li></ul></u...
Emergent Best Practices <ul><li>Open task assignment </li></ul><ul><li>In meeting task assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Writeb...
Thanks! <ul><li>Tito Sierra </li></ul><ul><li>North Carolina State University </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
More Information <ul><li>Basecamp: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.basecamphq.com/videos </li></ul>
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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 digital library projects.

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Collaborative Project Management Using Basecamp

  1. 1. Collaborative Project Management Using Basecamp Tito Sierra NCSU Libraries DLF Fall Forum 2008 Project Manager’s Group Meeting November 14, 2008
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>What is Basecamp? </li></ul><ul><li>Our Experience Thus Far </li></ul><ul><li>Features and Pricing </li></ul><ul><li>Strengths and Weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Best Practices </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Basecamp? <ul><li>Web-based project management tool </li></ul><ul><li>Tool for the Project Team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>… not just the Project Manager </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on collaboration tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>… not just schedules and tasks </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Why Basecamp? <ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul><ul><li>— http://www.basecamphq.com </li></ul>
  5. 5. Our Experience Thus Far <ul><li>Using it for the last eight months </li></ul><ul><li>Projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many web development projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grant proposal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search committee work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>People </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30 user accounts in our organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 user accounts outside NCSU </li></ul></ul>
  6. 12. Features <ul><li>Messages </li></ul><ul><li>To-Do </li></ul><ul><li>Milestones </li></ul><ul><li>Writeboards </li></ul><ul><li>Files </li></ul><ul><li>Dashboard </li></ul>
  7. 13. Messages Project blogging with email
  8. 16. To-Do Assigned tasks grouped into categories
  9. 20. Milestones Lightweight project scheduling
  10. 25. Writeboards Document-level wiki with versioning
  11. 30. Files File storage with versioning
  12. 35. Dashboard Activity summary across all your projects
  13. 38. Features We Don’t Use <ul><li>Chat </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real-time web based chat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Useful for distributed teams </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Time tracking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Logging hours people spend on tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Useful for consultants </li></ul></ul>
  14. 39. Pricing
  15. 40. Pricing
  16. 41. Strengths <ul><li>Collaboration tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writeboard, pervasive commenting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communication tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Messages, RSS feeds, milestone calendar </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Document management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project-based file storage, versioning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>User interface </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted service </li></ul>
  17. 42. Weaknesses <ul><li>Lack of task management tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No prioritization outside of ordering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No dependencies tracking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Limited scheduling functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Not for managing deployed projects </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted service </li></ul><ul><li>Subscription fee ($$$) </li></ul>
  18. 43. Emergent Best Practices <ul><li>Open task assignment </li></ul><ul><li>In meeting task assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Writeboards for technical docs </li></ul><ul><li>Organize work around milestones </li></ul>
  19. 44. Thanks! <ul><li>Tito Sierra </li></ul><ul><li>North Carolina State University </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  20. 45. More Information <ul><li>Basecamp: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.basecamphq.com/videos </li></ul>

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