WWW… Wednesday! Basecamp
by Taylor Slattery | August 9, 2022
Basecamp is a shared space for working together with teams. Built by the people that literally wrote the book on working remotely, Basecamp was designed with simplicity in mind to keep the process of collaborating as stress-free as possible. Work presents enough challenges, the tools you use shouldn’t be one of them.
It features a focused selection of tools that provide teams with all the functionality they need to efficiently and effectively collaborate and nothing more. Because it’s so simple, there’s virtually no learning curve and the whole team can get started with Basecamp’s intuitive UI right away.
The Basecamp dashboard consists of 6 basic tools. The Message Board functions as a digital bulletin board. Updates, announcements, any sort of message that needs to be seen by the whole team can be pinned here. Messages can be liked and commented on by the team, serving as a home for more specific discussions.
For more real-time conversation, the Group Chat is the perfect place for checking in with the team, sharing documents, or impromptu brainstorming sessions.
To-do lists house all of the ongoing projects and their associated tasks. Each project is given its own page where the specific tasks required for its completion can be listed in full. Tasks can be given due dates and assigned to team members to check off as they work.
Schedule is used as a team-wide calendar for storing all of the important dates and upcoming events. Tasks that have been given due dates will also appear here, making it an easy way of keeping the whole team up to speed.
Automatic Check-ins are used to ask the whole team questions on a recurring basis. Things like ideas for improving workflows or new product ideas can be automated to replace repetitive meetings to free up more time and keep the team focused.
Docs and files are great for housing commonly used files like contracts, branding systems, or onboarding documents. It also serves as a centralized location for uploading files as they’re created, where the whole team can access them.
For small teams looking to streamline the remote work process, the tools they choose to do so can make all the difference. Basecamp’s simple layout and productivity-focused suite of tools strike the perfect balance between utility and complexity, providing a centralized location for all of the essentials and reducing wasted time.
Basecamp is free to try, so you can see if it fits your team before you make any commitments. You can learn more and try it out for yourself here.
Taylor is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Taylor is a graphic designer, illustrator, and Design Lead at Weirdsleep.