When you opt to work with remote teams, you are automatically signing up for a long-interesting relationship with online tools. Since the remote teams heavily rely on online tools to communicate and collaborate, these tools have become a crucial part of their work life.
Without the right tools and it’s proper utilization, your distributed team will feel isolated, lost, and out of place. To prevent that from happening, we suggest the online tools we have loved using.
These are the online tools that have helped us connect to clients from around the globe and collaborate to build remarkable digital products.
We are not the only ones who love Slack. Remote first companies like Buffer, Helpscout, and Zapper perceive Slack as their virtual office. What we love about this communication platform is it lets you connect with the team members instantly. Formal or informal communication via channels is a plus.
There is always so much happening in Slack that it is hard to feel isolated even when miles apart. We celebrate our wins, appreciate, connect, and even share random jokes over Slack. Besides, it also lets you snooze your notification and set the status to let your team know about your availability. Also, it allows the integration of other third-party apps, including Google Drive and bots, to simplify daily tasks.
Be it a one on one or an all-hands meeting with over 100 people; Zoom works brilliantly. No wonder it has been able to boast over 50,000 corporate customers, including Samsung, Uber, and more (Forbes).
Zoom features a gallery view that lets you observe all the participants in the conferences. You can also share screens, record them for future references. It is our goto tool for video conferencing, as it is easy and convenient to use.
No more frozen videos or voice breakouts, regardless of the number of participants in the call. The only thing is you must have a stable internet connection.
As a software development company that works with clients remotely, we use a cloud-based platform that allows us to share and collaborate with clients.
We have been using Figma to collaborate on our design artifacts. It is a handy tool that lets designers work in teams. Moreover, it is easier to get feedback on the designs using the comment features.
We also use Figma for mockups and wireframing, as it can be shared with clients to give them a look and feel of a real app. The best thing is you don’t need a standalone app as you can get started right from the browser. We also suggest using Sketch and Invision, but we love Figma because of its collaboration feature.
There are several project management tools, but among them all, we have chosen Jira. If you are a small team, Trello or Asana will work just fine, as well. But for a team like ours with 250+ members, we opt for Jira.
Jira is a tool developed by Atlassian for agile project management. It allows teams to choose between SCRUM and/or Kanban as per their requirements. Moreover, they can collaborate, comment on boards, and keep track of progress and priorities.
Git is an indispensable tool when it comes to collaborative product development. Among all the platforms, GitHub is our primary choice for version control, but opting for GitLab or BitBucket provides similar base features.
When you are working in a team, you got to know what everyone is working on, and GitHub allows you to do just that. Code reviews, releases, wiki, feature documentation, CI/CD everything is built right into GitHub. The best thing is you can integrate different tools with GitHub mentioned in this list for better workflow.
6. Google Drive
When you are working with a remote team, a digital file management app is another must-have. We use Google Drive to share and manage our files. With google docs and sheets, it is easy to collaborate with teams and stay on the same page. You can work and collaborate in docs in real-time and even leave out comments and notes for your teammates.
Since remote teams will heavily rely on online tools for communication and collaboration, you must hire people who can adapt to it. The tools are only the medium to ease the process; the mindset of people will determine the outcome from using them.
We love using these online tools for remote teams. We hope you will do too.