With the dawn of the internet, collaboration and team-work has gotten easier day by day. Gone are the days when collaborative efforts were visible only within the walls of a formal office. Instead, more and more businesses and ventures are now shifting to distributed teams, with various members of the team located all across the globe, and each member working directly from his or her home.
In such cases, having a common tool to help you and your team stay connected proves to be a big benefit, especially in enhancing productivity, helping members stay in touch, and keeping track of progress reports.
In this article, I will be taking a look at some of the best remote collaboration tools for distributed teams.
Top Remote Collaboration Tools For Your Team
Basecamp is one of the most popular and well known remote collaboration tools. It offers a sleek and agile interface that boasts of power project management features, such as calendar view, different structures for different projects, and so on.
Pricing: $20 per month (maximum 10 projects; unlimited users)
Redbooth allows you to manage your projects and communicate with your team easily. It integrates with services such as Dropbox and Google Drive, and also offers HD video conferencing, time tracking, and chat. On the downside, though, Redbooth’s in-app reporting features surely need improvement.
Pricing: $49 per month (maximum 10 users)
Created by Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein (Facebook co-founder and former Facebook tech lead, respectively), Asana has emerged as one of the biggest collaboration tools of late. It was initially meant to be a social network for companies, but it has since been used as a collaboration tool. It features virtually all the features that you would want in a project management tool, excluding chat.
Pricing: Free for up to 15 members; thereafter $50 per month, and so on
Trello uses the Kanban approach to manage your projects. Basically, it features a bulletin-board style layout, with separate boards for each project, and each member having his or her own dashboard to manage their respective boards. Tasks are assigned as pin-up cards, so you can easily get an overview of what is done and what needs doing.
Pricing: Free mostly; Business Class option at $5 per month per user
Sqwiggle is not really a project management tool. Instead, it focuses mostly on team collaboration and interaction. All Sqwiggle offers is video chat for your team members, with each member being a part of the Workroom. So if you are looking for a solution to help your team stay in touch or something to help you conduct office meetings over the internet, Sqwiggle is meant for you. Sadly, there is no direct way to share files, even though text chat is available.
Pricing: $9 per user per month
6. Kanban Tool
Much like Trello, Kanban Tool also follows the Kanban model, and arranges your stuff in a bulletin-board style. As such, it is a visual project management tool with time tracking features.
Pricing: $5 per user per month (free if you have just two users)
ProofHub is a project management and team collaboration tool that features time tracking, Gantt charts, to-do lists, and various other reporting tools to help you and your team stay updated with the workflow and work in an efficient manner.
Pricing: $15 per month (maximum 10 projects)
StrikeBase offers to-do lists, task management, group chats, mobile apps, notes and file storage for your collaboration and team-work needs. It also integrates with tools such as iCal or Google Calendar to help you manage your projects on time.
Pricing: $29 per month (maximum 5 projects)
The last entry on this list, Podio, is a very simple tool that is more focused on CRM and sales tracking than team collaboration, but its project management features make it perfectly suited for use within distributed teams as well. It comes with its own set of business apps, and also integrates with DropBox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, etc.
Pricing: $9 per user per month (free for up to 5 users)
That brings us to the end of this roundup about project management and remote collaboration tools to help you get the most out of your online workflow. Which of these tools is your favorite? Also, got any special tool or service that I might have missed here? Feel free to share it with the world using the comments below!