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Jira or BaseCamp?

Or something else? Would be interested to hear your thoughts on project management tools for small teams that include code checkins, designs, etc.

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Gaurav Sharma
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Gaurav Sharma Entrepreneur • Advisor
Startupper
We use Asana and like it a lot. Some other teams I know use and like Trello as well.
Daniel Lo
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Daniel Lo Entrepreneur
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I haven't used base camp. Jira is pretty good. for all the ones I have used none of them are prefect, it's about finding the best fit for your requirements.
Peter Sankauskas
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Peter Sankauskas Entrepreneur • Advisor
Founder & CEO at CloudNative
I was a big fan of FogBugz because it was very simple to use, and had evidence based scheduling. I had a look at it the other day though, and it is starting to look a little dated.

JIRA is a big gorilla, and I don't recommend it.

Both Asana and Trello are picking up traction though, so they might be a good fit.
Barry Clark
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Big fan of Trello, it's completely free too so easy to try. It can tackle everything from tiny projects to huge team based projects.

I use it in a team of 10 devs at DoSomething.org, similarly to Uservoice:http://community.uservoice.com/blog/trello-google-docs-product-management/
Barry Clark
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Barry Clark Entrepreneur
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Side note: you can use any of these systems that everyone's recommending, but the most important thing is defining your process for project management first, then implementing it to the system.
Barak Kassar
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Barak Kassar Entrepreneur
Founder / Creative Director Rassak Experience, San Francisco
we like asana
Jesal Gadhia
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Jesal Gadhia Entrepreneur
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We use BaseCamp for project management and YouTrack for bug tracking. Trello is the new kid on the block and its getting lot of buzz, so I'd recommend looking at that too.
Tom Quick
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Jira is premier for workflow management, and can integrate with code repositories very nicely. Fully customizable, but can be complex to non-technical users. Basecamp gets called a PM tool, but I believe that it is not. It is a great project communication tool, and works well for defining scope or sharing small design iterations. Basecamp has tasks, but I have not found them to be robust enough. Trac is (I believe) an open source ticketing system. It is robust, but not as flexible as Jira by a long shot. Trello is great for small agile groups. It has the visual appeal of Basecamp, but with more robust state management. I don't know of code repository integration, but that would be very nice. In terms of code checkins, my sense is that SVN is a standard, but is being eclipsed by GitHub. GitHub is worth checking out, and look for ticketing systems that integrate with it. The key is to identify the different needs: code repository, task management, issue ticketing/tracking. Many tools offer overlapping features, can integrate, etc., so your needs will dictate which suits your company best. tomQ
Paul O'Brien
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Paul O'Brien Entrepreneur • Advisor
Tech Economic Development and VC CMO
Freedcamp instead of Basecamp.
Also check out Podio
Ken Woodruff
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Ken Woodruff Entrepreneur • Advisor
Software Architect
For small teams GitHub is likely enough, and since you want to be using them to manage your code anyway it's essentially free.
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