Basecamp for Beginners: Managing Projects and Keeping Track of Details

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Staying informed, in touch, and on top of your work or personal projects--particularly those with lots of details and a number of team members--can be overwhelming. Today, many companies use web-based software to help get the work done smoothly and efficiently, and few such tools have been as popular as Basecamp, the world's #1 project management app. This simple, powerful tool for online collaboration is used by millions worldwide to stay organized and reduce the typical chaos and confusion that sprawling projects can cause. If it's time for you and your team to get organized, BASECAMP FOR BEGINNERS: MANAGING PROJECTS AND KEEPING TRACK OF DETAILS will show you how. And you'll be amazed at how quickly and easily your projects will come under control. Starting with the basics, and proceeding step-by-step, this book covers all the essentials of using Basecamp, including setting up an account, managing conversations and collaborators, handling multiple projects, time tracking, and much more... A special web appendix offers additional resources to Basecamp users, including tools for reporting, charting, and planning; mobile and desktop apps; tools for time tracking and invoicing; and sample contracts and proposals. Stay on top of your projects with BASECAMP FOR BEGINNERS: MANAGING PROJECTS AND KEEPING TRACK OF DETAILS.

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Todd Kelsey, Ph.D., is a Chicago-based tech professional, author, and educator. He has appeared on television as a featured expert and has authored books on topics such as social networking, Facebook advertising, and Google AdWords. He has taught at Chicago area institutions including National Louis University, Westwood College, College of DuPage, and Wheaton College, and he has worked at companies such as McDonald's Corporation and United Airlines, in addition to nonprofit organizations such as La Leche League and the Cradle Foundation. He is the author of Drupal 7 Primer and Getting Started with WordPress. Recently he gave a TEDx presentation on ideas for a stock exchange for non-profit organizations, which can be viewed at tinyurl.com/npoexvid. Learn more about Todd and his current projects at www.toddkelsey.com.

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PART I: GETTING ACQUAINTED. 1. Introduction: Why Bother? #1 Reason Startups Fail = Lack of Project Management. 2. Introduction to Basecamp: Features and Advantages. 3. Typical Basecamp Alternatives: Excel, Google Docs. 4. Creating a Free Account. PART II: GETTING STARTED. 5. Super Basic Project Management, with Basecamp Todos. 6. Managing Conversations - Comments and Email Notifications. 7. Managing People - Inviting Collaborators. 8. Setting Milestones. PART III: BRANCHING OUT. 9. Upgrading to a Basic Account. 10. Managing Multiple Projects. 11. Working with Files. 12. Messages and Writeboards. PART IV: EXPANDING. 13. Upgrading to a Plus Account. 14. Managing Time Tracking. 15. Connecting Basecamp to Your Calendar (iCalendar, Google Calendar). 16. Basecamp Suite: Highrise, Backpack, Campfire.

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