Clickup and Basecamp are two project management tools that offer powerful ways to track and manage workflow. If you are wondering which of these project management tools will suit your purposes better, here, we bring you a useful comparison.  


The interface of Clickup is straightforward, with the menu bar to the screen’s left and tabs including Homepage and Notifications on it. You can also add a goal easily using the menu bar- just click on the Goals tab to do that. Also, the moment a notification arrives, it pops up on your screen.


Clickup gives you a horizontal menu bar at the top of the screen. If you click on list-view on it, the tasks would be displayed as a list one under the other.

You will also get an Assignee option against every task. As you surely guessed, by clicking on this option, you can assign the task to a team member. Other options you get are the ones to set task priority and due date. If the task is backed by the spending of money- say, marketing through social media- you also have the option to assign a budget. The budget that’s been spent so far will appear for each task as well the amount of money available to be spent yet.


You get three categories of tasks in Clickup.

The first category is Ready tasks. These are tasks that are yet to be started. These could include tasks that have been conceived but which you are yet to assign to a team member. Once you have assigned a task to someone, and that person has started on it, the task is catalogued as In Progress. Once the task is completed, it comes in the Complete list.

There is one other way in which tasks get demarcated in Clickup. This is based on the different phases of a project, with tasks falling under each phase being grouped together.


As mentioned before, you get the option for a List view which you can easily access from the top horizontal bar. However, there might be instances when the List view is not ideal for you. For such cases, you have the option to switch to Board view. This too can be accessed with just a click on the top horizontal bar.  

 Like in the list view, tasks are divided into Ready, In Progress and Complete categories in the Board view. Moving a task from one board to another is simple- you just drag and drop the task. For example, you can drag a recently concluded task from In Progress to the Complete board.

Adding a new task too is easy enough. You just need to click on the plus sign you will find towards the screen’s bottom. After that, enter the task name and then select the board to which the task belongs. You can also add a description of the task. Then, click on ‘Create.’ The task will now be added to the chosen board.

Another useful feature in the Board view lets you incorporate to-do lists.


Basecamp has a rather unique manner of presenting information- grouped into what are called ‘camps.’


You will get six tools in each camp. Even as some of them are similar to what you get in other such services, two tools stand out: Automatic check-ins and Campfire.

Campfire facilitates communication among team members in real-time. The idea is that you needn’t keep switching to a different platform or tool every time you wish to connect with your fellow team members. Automatic check-ins, meanwhile help you set up posts that can be scheduled to be shared with team members periodically. This relieves you from having to set up and attend status meetings that don’t serve any other important function.

A unique feature

One way in which Basecamp scores over its peers is with the Hill chart- a feature that is unique to the platform. This feature is included with the understanding that mere To-do lists probably won’t be enough to keep track of tasks in large, complex projects.

Hill chart works under the principle that every task has two parts- an uphill drive when you are still figuring out how to tackle the task, and the downhill dive which comes after deciding how to perform the task but before actually doing the task.  The hill chart will present both these halves in a graph-like representation. This helps you gain clarity about where exactly you are in the task-progression

Which tool is better for you?

Clickup has a more comprehensive set of features. So, opting for Clickup wouldn’t be such a bad idea for end-to-end project management. However, if your project would benefit from specific features like Hill charts which only Basecamp has, that tool would be ideal for you.

Is there anything these tools lack?

Neither tool brings you a wholly reliable way to measure the amount of time a team member spends on a task. And that’s just one of the aspects in which I’m Productive help in project management.

Accurately measuring time spent on a task also helps predict when the project could be delivered. In fact, I’m Productive lets you do this with the aid of a powerful AI. With just a click of the button, you can predict when the project will be finished, based on historic data about the task-finished rate. You can learn more about I’m Productive from the website.

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