Basecamp and Asana are two popular project management software in the world. Both have the same way of displaying tasks, namely the To-do list view. However, there are some differences between the two, especially on its flexibility which we will explain in the features comparison section.
Back to the past, Basecamp was released earlier than Asana. In 2004, 37signals launch its first commercial applications which named Basecamp, a project management software. Then they also release “Campfires” after, a real-time group chat app which also included in Basecamp features.
Meanwhile, Asana was founded in 2008 by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-Google-and-Facebook engineer Justin Rosenstein. Then its application officially launched for free out of beta in November 2011 and commercially in April 2012. This platform is designed to improve team collaboration and work management on all project types in a simple way.
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As mentioned above, the main difference between Basecamp and Asana is the flexibility of its features. For example, in Basecamp, users are not able to create their own fields in the tasks. Most importantly, the task statuses cannot be customized as needed.
Unlike Basecamp, Asana provides a “Custom Fields” feature that enables users to create custom fields, including task status fields. In addition, Asana also lets users create task dependencies to mark a task as waiting on another task. Below is a comparison table of feature availability at Basecamp and Asana.
|Project Planning & Scheduling|
|Setting priorities and deadlines||√||√|
|Support Agile Methodologies||√|
|Attach files to the task||√||√|
|Progress Tracking / Status||√||√|
As shown in the comparison table above, Asana has more features than Basecamp. However, Basecamp collaboration tools are more powerful than Asana. In Basecamp, there is a real-time group chat (Campfires) and direct messaging with anyone on the same Basecamp account. Its features allow you to mention people, attach files, quotes, add sounds, video, and emoji to your messages.
In our opinion, task management in Basecamp still has a lot to be improved. There is no way to make a task dependent upon other tasks in Basecamp, including with the help from Third-party tools. And most importantly, it would be better if Basecamp allows users to create custom task statuses as needed. That’s because of the task statuses are related to a project workflow which is the most important thing in project management.
Basecamp’s development team would rather focus on features that they believe are essential for most if not all their customers. Therefore, they created an integration API where other developers can build on top of a lean but effective platform. Also, there are Third-party tools that can be integrated with Basecamp, such as time tracking software, accounting software, and many more.
Meanwhile, Asana has integrations with other SaaS tools, including Gmail, Slack, Microsoft Outlook, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Zapier, Zendesk, and many more. It also provides Open API that allows customers or third-party developers to build on the Asana platform and customize Asana to the unique way their teams work.
Ease of Use
Based on my experience using Basecamp and Asana, both are easy-to-use project management software. But maybe there are some features that need to be improved in ease of use. For example, in both, there is no menu for deleting tasks quickly in the To-do list view. To delete a task, you must go to the detailed task and then delete it.
Basecamp’s pricing is about the standard in the industry for businesses with teams of ten or more users. It offered for $99 per month for unlimited users and unlimited projects. The price includes every Basecamp feature and 500 GB of file storage. There is no minimum contract agreement.
Meanwhile, Asana has four pricing options — Free, Premium, Business, and Enterprise. The Premium plan costs $9.99 per month (per member) when billed annually, Business plan costs $19.99 per month (per member) when billed annually, and the Enterprise plan requires a call with the sales team for a custom quote. The main differences between the plans include the number of team members allowed, features, priority support, security, and custom branding.
Another difference between Basecamp and Asana is the availability of a free version. When Basecamp doesn’t provide a free version on their pricing plan, Asana offers a free plan that is limited for up to 15 users.
Pros and Cons
|Pros||Basecamp is one of the most easy-to-use project management software. While the platform only has very basic project management features, Basecamp offers powerful integration with many other apps.||Asana has intuitive features, easy-to-use, and flexible enough which can be used for many project types. It also good free project management software that allows up to 15 users to collaborate on unlimited projects and tasks. Furthermore, Asana can be integrated with many other systems and provides an Open API for software and scripts to read information from inside Asana, input information from outside Asana, and automatically react when things change. And the last interesting thing about this software is a mobile app that makes you easily organize your project on the go.|
|Cons||As mentioned above, Basecamp only has very basic project management features. There is no task dependencies, Gantt chart, kanban board view, and custom workflow or statuses.||Files can’t be attached to the comments. The task can’t be assigned to two or more peoples. There is no Gantt chart view, but Asana has a timeline view for an alternative.|
In conclusion, Basecamp is suitable for you who are looking for simple project management software and has powerful collaboration features. It is invaluable for both internal management and client progress communication. Another thing about Basecamp, based on their pricing plan, this platform is may suitable only for company or businesses with ten or more employees.
Meanwhile, Asana is also one of the most popular Project Management Software in the world. This platform is suitable for different project types such as marketing project, product launch, software development, and many more. It also a good choice for you who are looking for free project management software which the number of projects and tasks are not limited.