Hot! Basecamp Project Management

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basecamp logoIf you’ve got a project to manage and have not used Basecamp yet, you might want to set some time aside to become familiar with this useful online collaboration tool that could have a significant impact on the way you deliver your project communications.  In simple terms, it lets you manage your projects online, giving password-protected access to stakeholders and team members, and organize your project documents and other information in a single place so they are easy to find.

The product is ideal for use by both the largest and the smallest companies who have a project-based approach to their business and multiple projects are catered for across 37signals, four different pricing plans, each of which is offered on a pay-as-you-go basis for a monthly license amount with no separate set up fee. Registration is quick and simple and takes around sixty seconds to be up and running. All of the pricing plans offer a free thirty day trial period and if you don’t want to take up the use of Basecamp by the end of the trail period you can simply cancel your registration with no cost to you.  You can sign up for your trail at http://basecamphq.com.

How often have you found yourself searching for that important email that you needed to refer back to later in a project? The beauty of Basecamp is its focus on communications, one of the essential ingredients to a successful project, and organizing these communications such that they reside together and are easy to find and browse. No need to go searching far and wide!

Documents and other files can also be uploaded directly into your Basecamp projects.  These files are stored on the Basecamp servers which saves you the time and effort of working out how and where best to store your information so that it is accessible to all who need it.  Basecamp supports all the major file types you are likely to work with, including Microsoft Office files, like Word and Excel, PDF, various types of images, amongst many, many more.   Not only does Basecamp provide file storage for your individual projects, it applies versioning to uploaded documents. Email notifications can be set up to inform project stakeholders when new documents have been uploaded or existing ones changed.

Once you’re up and running with Basecamp you can create new projects simply using project templates, so you don’t have to start from scratch each time.  You can set these templates up for yourself so they’re ready to use when you need them and they can include any of the Basecamp components, such as to-do lists and milestones.  This is a really useful and time-saving facility, particularly where you have projects that have similar activities and milestones, which can be set up in advance with all the relevant information already there.

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Greg Katkin

In the 30′s a pack of wolves found him – Greg Katkin – an abandoned baby boy. At first he had blue eyes, but they changed all that. Those wolves raised him good, raised him right. Learn-ed him. Showed him how to write those wolves did. Greg, an expert in small business development writes for Zincubate as well as manages another local small business.

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