Provide richer support for Microsoft Project
Including better control over how MS Project Tasks are imported (today they're simply imported as Roadmap Milestones)
Agreed. Definitely needs support to properly import and deal with Microsoft project. Basecamp is good for it's simplicity but handling tasks, planning, resource allocation is missing and hugely needed.
I agree with Matt... I wont be using Roadmap as it doesnt import from MS project properly. Ability to take MS Project and use Roadmap for visual analytics and simplistic view for stakeholders would be enormously helpful... still on the hunt now for a tool that will do this
Matt Lichtenwalter commented
I have to admit that I have built projects with Microsoft project for many years. On my last project I decided to only use the tools Basecamp provided. Talk about a management nightmare. I will never again fail to plan a project using MS Proj - there is nothing better to start the initial project with dates and resource allocations balanced. Getting these tasks, assignments, dates etc. into Basecamp is also a nightmare.
After reviewing and testing several Basecamp alternatives, I conclude that the myriad of half baked project management sites out there are cropping up due to Basecamp's utter refusal to complicate their system. However, with this one ability to create a project in MSProj - the de facto standard for any project manager and then be able to import it into Basecamp and set the link back to Roadmap for the analytics - would in short fill a HUGE gap in the market place.
I have an example. Let's suppose we have the following structure in MSProj.
Line 1: "Milestone 4 - Pre-Alpha"
Line 2: ->(indented): "Creepy Forest Scene"
Line 3: -> -> (double indented): "Creepy Forest Sketch Art"
Line 4: -> -> (double indented): "Creepy Forest 3D Rendering"
Line 5: -> -> (double indented): "Creepy Forest photoshop polishing"
Treat any task with child tasks as a milestone. Treat any tasks without child tasks as tasks.
In this example
Line 1 has children = Milestone
Line 2 has children = Milestone
Lines 3,4 & 5 have no children = tasks
Just my two cents - Dave, I encourage you to follow through with this - you are on to something big!