For this module, start by taking a look at a program called [http://basecamp.com/]. As they say on the site, “Basecamp is a unique project collaboration tool. Projects don’t fail from a lack of charts, graphs, or reports, they fail from a lack of communication and collaboration. Basecamp makes it simple to communicate and collaborate on projects.” It was selected by ZDNet in 2007 as “best of breed” for project management software.
Your task is to try it out. This may entail signing up and/or opening an account (see the note above regarding privacy protections), or it may just entail playing around with the system a bit. If you need help with any aspect of this, try one of your colleagues or your instructor; the discussion is a good place to ask for help or offer help to others.
When you believe you have a reasonably good basis for evaluation of the program, you should write up in 3-4 pages your general assessment, attending to the following issues:
- summary description of the program, its structure, and purpose
- its overall “look and feel” and apparent target audience
- what the program does and does not give you
- your assessment of such things as:
- its usability
- its relative advantage
- potential applicability to your work needs
- utility and relevance to this course
- any other things about the program that you find salient and worth noting to others
- your bottom-line evaluation of its value to you
The last point is very important. Be honest and direct; your assessment is helpful to you and to others. If you don’t find it helpful, say so and why, and try to explain what you would find more useful in its place. But also do try to remember also that your education isn’t yet finished, that things you don’t understand now and don’t yet see the value of may turn out later on to be relevant and useful, and that the site’s creators may know more about the topic, the practice of program management, and the profession than you do yet.
This form of program review will be used throughout this course’s project assignments.
SLP Assignment Expectations (30 points total)
Length: Follows the number of pages required in the assignment (excluding cover page and references). Each page should have about 300 words.