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The 11 best collaboration tools for productive teams

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Collaboration is one of the buzz words of the decade, today more and more software tools are out there to support collaboration. But what are the best eleven tools?

Project management

Yammer:  The company claims that its tool enables connections to people and information from across an organisation “that you never knew existed”, making it easier to move your work forward.  It makes it easier to engage with an entire team to solve problems and identify best ideas.

Basecamp: Provides a collection of tools and methods for working together. The product is designed to organise your projects, internal communications, and client work in one place so you have “a central source of truth.”  The company emphasises how, “Instead of having stuff scattered all over the place — strewn across separate products, lost in inboxes, or scrawled on stickers or notepads” it can bring everything: “Your company’s working on under one roof.”

Proofhub:  Project management software designed to help you “plan, collaborate, organise and deliver projects of all sizes.” It emphasises: “better planning, collaboration, enabling a project to stay organised and on time delivery”. Proofhub creates tasks and assigns them to multiple people, it creates time estimates for projects and enables people to log hours worked and review the time they spent on a project.  It also supports Gantt charts, discussions, reports, file sharing, a calendar, notes, proofing, integrations, chat and white labelling, so that you can personalise your account.

Trello:  A tool for helping you manage long lists of tasks, especially if they are the responsibility of several people. Tasks can be allocated via digital cards, to people, and filed under a range of statuses, such as ‘working on’, ‘pending’ and ‘done’.

Asana:  Offers similar functions to Trello but tackles the problem of managing tasks differently. It does not use digital cards and many say it is better for managing the work from larger teams, in excess of ten.

For documents:

Dropbox: Provides access to all documents, files, articles from multiple gadgets. Supports creation of shared folders.

Google Docs: Supports remote working on the same document, with each user of the document able to view changes made by other people in real time.

For communication:

Slack: A tool for supporting and then organising communications between members of a team, it supports direct messages, calls, and enables you to drag and drop and share files. It enables members to communicate via a specific URL – it includes a chat room organised by topic, private groups and direct messaging.

Appear.in: A video conversation tool through which up to eight people can engage in conversation – all each person has to do is call up a specific URL. The tool can support extended conversations in which people may be working jointly on a project and may need to engage in conversations from time to time.

Skype: This popular and globally-known communications solution supports high quality video conversations for up to 10 people.

Google Hangout: Supports video conversation between large numbers of people. Can be useful for briefing large teams.




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