I’m The Idea Man

by john on January 6, 2005

One of these days I’ll actually do something with an idea before someone else does. With my redesign I’ve been going through some of my older posts making sure everything looks OK and I was re-introduced to a few things I had written that with the benefit of time looked pretty good.

In my 8th post, on Dec. 11th, 2002 (wow it’s been over two years already) I wrote:

bq(quote).. The second area where I see opportunity is in developing a quick and dirty project management control center where project updates are communicated to anyone who cares to visit. I have worked with a number of consulting firms on some major projects and none of them have added any value to me in terms of providing such a thing. What happens is they have the stock Word docs or Excel sheets with status reports and those get shipped around once a week and maybe even stored in a file system somewhere – but it’s nothing inspiring or particularly useful to me.

If you are a consultant and you are trying to show me why I pick you over someone else show me how you can quickly, cheaply and easily improve the project communication for yours or all of my other projects and I will give you my business.

On February 4th, 2004 “37signals”:http://www.37signals.com/ “launched”:http://www.37signals.com/svn/archives/000542.php a project management application called “Basecamp”:http://www.basecamphq.com/ which is pretty much exactly what I was calling for over a year earlier. It’s a beautifully designed site and my small testing using the free trial tells me they are really on the right track.

Damn, missed that one.


RKB January 8, 2005 at 5:15 pm

It doesn’t show all that well (and the interface isn’t nearly as elegant as BaseCamp’s), but something I helped develop internally for the consulting company I was working for back in the day takes a similar approach:


It was one of the tools we’d used to differentiate ourselves back in the late 1990’s. We’re still using it today, but BaseCamp might be worth a look or two.

Phildoggo January 10, 2005 at 8:11 pm

Great hookuI liked BasecamI’d gotten MSProject but got lost with it. This is sufficient for my needs and much easier to use.

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