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How is a wiki different from project management tools like Basecamp?

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Bill Becker
Title: CEO
Company: Recordsforce
(CEO, Recordsforce) |

IMHO - Wiki's are just storage locations for past information and conversations, not task management systems that assign accountability and due dates, but I could be wrong. We use a system call SmartSheet that's integrated with GMail. It does a great job keeping the whole management team on target for the most important tasks.

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We are contemplating using Basecamp for project management and some of the data will be used for accounting transactions. Would be interested in feedback.

John Kogan
Title: CEO/CFO
Company: Proformative, Inc.
(CEO/CFO, Proformative, Inc.) |

This happened to hit my inbox today: a new Basecamp iPhone app. Good to see that they are expanding to mobile for something that needs as much pulse checking as project management. I have not used the app, but its early reviews look positive despite saying it needs more work. Typical for a first version app. Link to itunes store app:

Kritika Pandey
Title: Software Analyst
Company: SoftwareSuggest
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(Software Analyst, SoftwareSuggest) |

Wiki such as Confluence is more "free style", where the end users can decide how the content will be structured, how it will look like, etc... (think a wikipedia entry). Wiki also "promote" the idea of who can edit the content.

A PM tool, such as JIRA, is much more structured, where the end users need to conform to a set of fields that are pre-defined by a manager/administrator, and there could be rules around what the content can/should be, what content can be omitted. project management tools often have finer restrictions on access, would often additional features such as workflows around the content created, in this case, tickets or issues or tasks.


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