Come Together, Right Now...

If you have not yet heard of Basecamp, then you have been asleep behind your cathode ray tube monitor the past 5 years. As far as project management is concerned, I used to trust hand-written notes, meeting blurts, water cooler ramblings and the occasional cryptic email to keep me on track for completing tasks and getting to the end of a big project. The good people over at 37 Signals have been developing tools to help get your work done in the most simple, intuitive ways. One web-based project management tool is Basecamp. Basecamp helps keep the conversation in one place, the files up-to-date, and the milestones visible. Take a look at the video tour and see for youself. I have been using this tool for a while, it is so easy and intuitive, it is difficult to screw up. Before I start a project, I start with Basecamp. The single flaw to using this tool to get work done faster, is that you have to get others to learn something new, and stick to a set of rules. Change is difficult, and it takes a special kind of person to rethink how they communicate and embrace looking at new ways to do so.