Basecamp: Another Project Management Tool Available Online.

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The third and final project management tool we will review is Basecamp.The benefits and key features that differentiate Basecamp from the previous tools are time-tracking and the ability to integrate project information with the Highrise contact management system, which is discussed in the Data Management lesson.

Basecamp’s "Dashboard" and "To-dos" tabs offer an overview of milestones and tasks.

Basecamp’s dashboard is very similar to the homepages of Central Desktop and ProjectSpaces. Similar features include upcoming tasks and milestones, calendars, and overdue items. One of the unique features of Basecamp is that it allows you to track the amount of time it takes to complete each task. Time-tracking can be useful for recording volunteer time or estimating future project timelines.

Click to open interactivity Basecamp’s "Dashboard" and "To-dos" tabs offer similar features and time-tracking.

Basecamp’s "Dashboard" and "To-dos" tabs offer similar features and time-tracking.

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Basecamp’s time-tracking feature is helpful but storage space is limited.

Basecamp has no free option, but any price point allows for an unlimited number of users, and the storage space available per-dollar is considerably more generous than that of the other two tools. Similar to the other tools, the security level of this tool is rated “high,” and the administrative and user skills are comparable to those of Central Desktop and ProjectSpaces.

The benefits and key features that differentiate Basecamp from the other two tools are time-tracking and the ability to integrate project information with the Highrise contact management system, which can manage volunteer or donor contact information, and is discussed in the Data Management lesson. The main drawback to Basecamp is that while you do receive more storage space for your investment than with the other two products, there is a maximum storage capacity of 50 GB.

The comparison table shows that Basecamp has many core features and functionalities that are not discussed in this lesson. For example, you can chat or instant message with your project partners. You can search for items across workspaces and print out task completion reports.

Access the Basecamp website here.