Is BaseCamp the best PM software for clients?

by Dexx
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Just curious, since I've always used BaseCamp (tho I did try DeskAway) for client communication / project management, if there are any other online services being used by other consultants?

Anyone using something different?

~Dexx
#basecamp #clients #software
  • Profile picture of the author grin
    I have experience in Project Management and I actually use MS Project; but that is probably over the top for most people. I keep all my project trees local and manage them local and then delegate after that to an online version. For myself I use projekPHP which is difficult for most to install, but it is in my cpanel so I put it up there. This does the trick of having emails sent out, and then there are time cards for team members to fill out on the progress.

    If you are familiar with using Joomla the Projectfork Powerful & Intuitive Project Management for Joomla! has a system that is almost identical to basecamp - again its an installation here; but in the end its yours alone.

    Either way, I will say that no matter what anyone uses, I prefer a PM app if it can manage time, cost and quality, uses a GANTT chart, a WBS (work breakdown structure) and calculate automatically based on the former three how the project is moving along on a baseline and a timeline (expected time and actual time). It needs to have a way to set milestones as well as deliverables; in other words; midway points and final goals.

    I can do a ton in a high level application but all the above points are essentials. For instance, if your budget allows for it MS Project does connect to online communications; but it can be pricey.

    I was just talking to someone the other day about using online PM services, and like I said - I manage my project from my app on my desktop; after that "sub-projects" are created and can be put online. He wanted to know why it was not so effective for him and I could see that he was not following the ideas behind project management. I mention that, because if you don't have the theory behind this, a PM application can easily turn into something that is causing more scope creep than its suppose to stop.

    Either way, for PC's I like MS Project and on the Mac OmniPlan works well and can import most files; then of course I have free versions online that I can use to assign team members to sub-projects and the tasks inside them.
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    • Profile picture of the author NoGimmicks
      Originally Posted by grin View Post

      If you are familiar with using Joomla the Projectfork Powerful & Intuitive Project Management for Joomla! has a system that is almost identical to basecamp - again its an installation here; but in the end its yours alone.
      Thanks for the heads up on that one - took a look at it earlier and it looks like a nice bit of kit so I've installed it on a test domain to play with.

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  • Profile picture of the author SuspectZero
    i have use a lot of PMs. and i'm still using basecamp, i think it's the best personally ...
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  • Profile picture of the author hotlinkz
    Huddle is good, reasonably priced PM solution. It's a cloud-based collaboration platform.

    Project management software, collaboration software & file storage - Huddle
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  • Profile picture of the author davechan
    Still using BC after 3 years. The best out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dexx
    Hrmmm I see I see, I'm especially liking the basecamp iphone app, but good to know others are using diff solutions!

    ~Dexx
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  • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
    Basecamp is without a doubt, the best project management platform. A free version out there for you guys is freedcamp, which is pretty good for being free.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinDupre
    Basecamp is pretty awesome and good.. they got a really nice customer service that will walk you through a problem too.
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  • Profile picture of the author photodrew
    Basecamp is great - using Highrise too and the integration is great. Also a JV partner of mine uses Basecamp, and we can share instances - reallly useful feature and it works flawlessly.
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  • Profile picture of the author thomasromel
    I'm finding a lot more usefulness in consolidated tools.

    In previous operations I would see businesses try and use separate CRM, project management, accounting, and timesheet apps that don't really integrate and yet still cost a ton in subscription costs. Was actually more of a pain than a help, jumping from system to system constantly to do mundane tasks.

    Now I use WORKetc to manage leads, contacts, projects, to-dos, invoicing, timesheets, calendars, and a bunch of other stuff. The project management module has Gantt style projects (among others) and other features integrate directly which saves a lot of time (timesheets pick up time spent on every task, turn leads into projects automatically, etc etc).
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  • Profile picture of the author Dexx
    Freedcamp - Free Project Management looks like it might be the new champ!
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  • Profile picture of the author CloptonCapital
    Originally Posted by Dexx View Post

    Just curious, since I've always used BaseCamp (tho I did try DeskAway) for client communication / project management, if there are any other online services being used by other consultants?

    Anyone using something different?

    ~Dexx

    Far from the best but extremely easy to setup, so maybe if you're looking for fast setup it is the best. The best is almost always going to be a propietary solution. Look at almost any major company and they get their own PM and CRM software made.
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  • Profile picture of the author AidenChong
    I am not sure about Basecamp, but I've had the privilege to take a look at Kevin Lam's Simple Client Manager (SCM) or soon to be SplashAll!

    It's easier to use, easier to manage, and it has a lot of stuff that Basecamp aren't having.. Well I'd better off get Kevin to post those features in here.

    Hope that helps.

    Aiden
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  • Profile picture of the author Webjutsu
    I use ActiveCollab. run from my own hosting it works great.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rob Actis
      Basecamp is what I have been using for years. If you are able to train your clients to actually use it, it is a beautiful thing. I have a rule with my clients when we are in an active project. Any communication that is not uploaded to Basecamp did not happen.If they call and want to discuss what they want changed, I am happy to listen to them, at the end of the call I then tell them. In order to make sure that our communication remains clear for the project, I need them to make the note in basecamp.

      Emails do not get lost or sent to spam. All of the assets are in one place and projects get completed, on time and on budget.

      As I said before, It is a beautiful thing. They have a free trial.
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  • Profile picture of the author Frankie B Frank
    Was looking at Basecamp & thought I'de do a quick WF search.... Freedcamp looks great (from someone who has used neither, the website seems a lot clearer to me than Basecamp). Will have to check it out!
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