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People struggle to grasp where a project stands. People fight to hold accountability across teams. People struggle to know who’s working on what, and when those things might be done. People fight with offering a pro appearance with consumers.

People struggle to maintain every little thing arranged in one place so people know where things are. People fight to communicate basically in order that they don’t have to repeat themselves. People struggle to hide their ass and doc choices, so they aren’t held liable if a consumer says something wasn’t introduced as promised. That’s the deep down stuff, the genuine struggles. Third, there’s the guilt.

Yeah, guilt. Have you ever looked at a long list of things you said were you going to do but haven’t gotten around to yet?How does that list make you’re feeling?The realities of life and uncertainty show us that 100% of the things on the roadmap are not going to happen on time the style we believe. And meanwhile, the world is not likely to forestall and look forward to us to finish the old list. New ideas are constantly coming up. New requests and new complications continuously arise.


If we hold ourselves absolutely to the roadmap, we’ll have to say no to new vital things we in reality are looking to do. And if we interrupt the roadmap to do those new important things, we’ll must push back other things we promised. And that won’t feel good. Moving isn’t fun. It’s bad enough when it’s your stuff, but ten years of stuff at an office you just spent two years in can be daunting!I’m Navid, and a part of my job at Basecamp the last two years has been taking care of our office in Chicago.

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As folks external of Basecamp learned of our imminent office closure, I began to get some questions. The most common being “what did you do with the stuff?What about mail and critical documents?” Of course we had to figure out some logistical puzzles to maintain things working smoothly. Here’s how we used Basecamp and a new service to bid adieu to our office, to make my job remote, and to become a 100% remote company.