Basecamp provides pre-built reporting activities. You have several categorization options, including:
- Latest activity
- Overdue to-dos
- Upcoming dates
- To-dos added and completed,
- Team member assignments
- Team member activity
Trello Plus does not come with pre-made reports or charts for common cases. However, integration with some third-party apps like Easy Insight provide reporting functionality.
Need to generate a summary report? Trello offers the ability to provide an overview of all activities, due dates, checklists and more. The way it accomplishes this is using a card or board view combined with filters.
Basecamp supports spanned milestones and events, which you can use as the foundation of creating Gantt-style charts. It also integrates with the Ganttify app to build Gantt charts using the information in your various projects.
If you want extra control over reporting with Basecamp, you’ll need to look outside the solution. The only way to generate custom reports is through integrations such as Easy Insight, Domo and eazyBI. However, these add-ons provide you with a range of robust reporting capabilities.
Integrating Basecamp with Easy Insight provides a broader range of reporting abilities.
With Trello, you have a couple choices. The software provides several third-party tools like the Report for Trello Chrome extension and Easy Insight app for creating custom reports. These enable you to generate scrum, kanban and time reports but don’t offer a ton of capability.
You can also create reports manually. If spreadsheets don’t make you break out in hives, the Google Sheets export function is a good option. Or you can export Trello data to Excel — however, you’ll need a Business Class account to do that.
Trello allows you to build a dashboard view for any of your project’s boards and fully customize the layout based on the data that’s most important to you. Kanban and Scrum are the main views. You also have the option to add pages and widgets.
On the Basecamp side, you’ll once again need to rely on integrations to get the features you want. The good news is that Basecamp integrates with many third-party tools like eazyBI, Domo, Geckoboard and Easy Insight.
Charts and Visualizations
Keeping your finger on the pulse of a project is way less stressful when you have visual ways to organize and track information. The bigger the project, the more important charts become.
Example of a deadline chart created using the Elegantt Power-Up for Trello.
Trello provides users with multiple plugins and Power-Ups to make the solution work for you. Here’s a list of what you can create:
- Gantt charts
- Burndown charts
- Time-tracking charts
- Scrum and Kanban charts
- Cumulative flow diagrams
- Cycle time charts
It doesn’t stop there, though. If you want extra flexibility, APIs enable you to create custom charts that you can shape to your individual needs.
When it comes to charts, Basecamp takes a unique — and exclusive — approach. Its Hill Chart gives a quick, flexible visualization of where a project stands and what questions need answers in order to keep things moving. It lets users figure out where to jump in and troubleshoot as well as provides a real-time, high-level view of project progress.
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Resource Utilization Chart
If that term sounds technical, don’t worry. It’s just a fancy way of talking about how you keep track of and best use your resources — primarily your team members. Despite the importance of effectively managing the workload of your team, neither of our solutions stands out as an all-star.
Basecamp doesn’t provide a pre-built, interactive way to track workload across team members.
Trello also fails to provide a native chart. However, it supports a few third-party apps that add this capability. Look into Ganttify, Reports for Trello, Corrello and Plus for Trello to get the resource management you need. You can also take advantage of a Trello API to create custom reports for tracking resources.
Which software was the victor for reports and dashboards? They tied in the area of custom reports, and Basecamp had the advantage with pre-built reports and visual tools like charts. Meanwhile, Trello rose to the top when it came to resource charts, summary reports and dashboards. For that reason, we named Trello the better choice.