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Saturday, April 21, 2012

The difference between Basecamp and Comindware

Basecamp vs Comindware 

Many of us like to work with processes, assigning tasks/sub-tasks to other team members and stakeholders of the project in general and putting in order and even bringing sense to such an arrangement. There are certain tools to combine management methods with automatic software, which should be suitable for agile and must enable a user to scope and track the workflow process at any phase. Also, these collaboration tools must give an access to the data of the task or the project, which allows a manager to take into consideration the wish of the client to see the data of the task or the project at any moment. However, the problem of choice is always opened and the guidance is needed in the amount of automate workflow software.  

Basecamp characteristics 

Being agile is about working with seamless automating software. Basecamp attracts users by its simplicity and extreme effectiveness. Blogging tools, calendars, to-do list and issue trackers, templates, message boards are combined in one body and are leading user in an intuitive way. Every similar tool's goal should be taking care of project/task sides enhancing collaboration between team members and stakeholders. It enables to edit tasks, sub-tasks in real time. Comments appear in the form of blog that is very convenient for conducting future development of the project. Each user has its working story, which is represented in Basecamp as a list. These lists are assigned to stories iterations and it's possible to move stories within the iterations. Such a Basecamp feature is beneficial, especially if you are faced with a situation, when you can't or have no opportunity to fulfill more work during one iteration, which you have scheduled. But at the same time Basecamp doesn't allow to set specific workflow environment and this circumstance reduces its originality and flexibility.  

Comindware flexibility and Benefits 

 Comindware visual workflow builder has breakthrough flexibility in comparison with Basecamp. It allows putting all the work into workflow scheme right in browser window. Its graphical workflow editing enables user to visualize design and refine workflow process with drag and drop ease. Creating separate workspace within the main task/project is also possible in Comindware. It enhances collaboration between project contributors and each developer is able to assign personal tasks. Crafting and customizing processes in Comindware is seamless and taking into consideration company's business needs and scenarios. Moreover, it enables you to change and modify workflow process at any period of it and nothing will stop work. There is also an opportunity to get a written description of the workflow process steps based on workflow diagram. But there is a disadvantage of Comindware software – it's only on-premise now and there is no version for mobile platforms. 

 A Brief Comparison between Basecamp and Comindware 

  •  Basecamp and Comindware are able to customize different workflow process with various tasks and goals. 
  • Basecamp and Comindware include a wide base of various communicative tools for sharing file, ideas, and comments between team members. 
  • Basecamp and Comindware let users to change and modify the workflow process at its different phases without stopping and interrupting. 
  •  Basecamp and Comindware produce an opportunity to customize workflow process taking into consideration features of tasks. But Basecamp doesn't allow setting specific workflow a most management tools.
  • Comindware is flexible and enables to craft separate work-spaces within the main project/task. 

Author's bio: Ryan Hardy currently works in Project management insights, Sydney, Australia, 
project-management-insights.com. He likes to test various software and mobile applications and share his experience with the others. Years of productive analysis and tests showed him the right vector in using task management software, so he began writing for other blogs from around the world about it and not only. 
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