project management in elearning….what to use?

It has been about 6 months since we started to use Basecamp. After years using Project and creating massive Gantt charts that were:

Hardly ever read

Rarely updated

Over about 20 pages when printed

We made the decision to use Basecamp. It doesn’t have all the features of project but we’ve found the functionality elements of emailing, file uploads and chat more than make up for some of its limitations. We’ve foudn our own way of using it and it is working well for our clients who can get an instant update and get email notifications.

I’ll still revert to project when there is a ‘big’ project to plan with lots of depedencies and critical path as Basecamp doesn’t allow this at the moment but basecamp is proving popular.

The real winner for me was the instructional videos. I think that they are excellent, we’ve used them in our project manager training and they have also saved loads of time when we’ve brought the client into Basecamp. As they are always available you can revert to them at anytime. Chatting in the office we can’t recall a piece of software that was so simple to use but delivered so much in terms of efficiency and business improvement.

I’ll always have project on my machine but it is basecamp that I’m using day to day.

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project management in elearning….what to use?

6 Responses

  1. Well saidÂ… Great information, keep up the great work!

    Sue Massey September 1, 2008 at 11:00 am #
  2. Is it possible to list the feature that are in MS Project but not yet available in basecamp?

    PM Hut September 1, 2008 at 5:33 pm #
  3. MS Project has far more features than Basecamp. It will probably be easier to document the features that Basecamp has.

    Dashboard (an overview of all your milestones)
    Messages
    To-do lists – it would be great if you could allocate these to an email address
    Milestones
    Writeboards
    Chat
    Time
    Files

    However its the functionality that really makes this great for working with clients. This has been the only project management tool that our clients have really wanted to work with. In fact many of them have even adopted it in their own organisation.

    realprojects September 1, 2008 at 5:58 pm #
  4. There is another great advantage of basecamp. It costs our clients nothing to get some of the same functionality….also if they are not project managers they can still get an understanding of their project. They also love the email notifications!

    realprojects September 2, 2008 at 7:06 am #
  5. Thanks!

    I think the last post is definitely a great advantage… Collaboration.

    PM Hut September 2, 2008 at 3:27 pm #
  6. This looks interesting – I’ll take a closer look.

    Have you taken a look at Twiki (http://www.twiki.org)?
    Ther are a large number of plugins available including some project management ones (i’ve not used these yet). I’ve found it great for collaborating with team mates as well as a great place to document procedures, make background notes on projects, tools, technologies, pretty much anything really.

    Jay January 13, 2009 at 8:23 pm #

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