Everything we knew as a normal daily routine has changed in the past few weeks with the outbreak of Coronavirus, it has forced a lot of people, entire countries to lock themselves in and wait it out, flatten the curve.
As developers we are somewhat accustomed to this “Work from home” or “Remote Work” environment more than others, so we thought it would be best if we listed all the best tools to use for teams around the world so they can also make the most of their home working environment.
The intention of this article is to share some of the tools we use in our day to day operations which help us to successfully to work from home. We have team members that work remotely at all times so we understand that communication is key to a successful team.
One of the tools that we use frequently is Slack, which is the most useful team communication tool. It’s great for a one on one chat, or a call, as well as creating numerous team channels which can be used for different purposes: Different projects, Trivia rooms for the team or simply a Team channel for discussions. The one thing that separates Slack from the others is the unique ability to add apps to it. You can have Google Calendar installed within Slack and it will remind you of a meeting, and give you update every day on how many meetings you have and when are they. Depending on your settings of course. The ability to create bots is also one of the best features that can be an interactive and fun way to engage the team as well.
As we said, using Slack to catch up constantly is great but holding meetings is our daily routine, so for all our meetings we use Google Meets
Google Hangouts is the most well-known and widely used meeting tool. The paid version of G-Suite includes Hangouts Meet, which allows you to have video calls with up to 250 participants, hold presentations and record meetings and save them to Google Drive. You can also easily send a meeting link to participants outside of your company.
As a free alternative there is Discord, it can be used as a great tool for companies, as you set up a server and chat rooms similar to slack. Discord has raised the limit for video calling from 10 to 50 to help people hold meetings through them.
Soon as you have you team communication method figured out, its time to get to work. One of the most useful tools, if not the most useful ones, is GitHub. From hosting and reviewing code to managing projects to building software, GitHub is ideal for remote team collaboration. It’s also the highest rated platform for developers.
You will also need a file management tool to stay connected with your team, share those PDF’s of ideas and funny memes you want to hold somewhere on the cloud.
Dropbox has evolved so much through the years and has become one of the most essential tools a lot of developer companies use in their day to day tasks.
In all this, don’t forget the most important one, security! The time of remembering passwords is over, if you want to stay secure and always be on the safe side it’s very important to use a password manager and never know any passwords except the master to your own private backed up database where you keep the rest of them so remembering one password to hold them all. KeePass is a great free open source password manager or as they say themselves on their page: “Database files are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known”. You can have multiple databases for different teams which in term will provide even greater security because the databases will be accessed only by the people that are in the need to know.
These are some basic tools that every company can use to improve their everyday work from home, build up their team and many of them can be used purely on free if not completely free basis.
We are living in an ever-evolving world that is in a constant change, two months ago we could have never imagined that more than 3 billion people would be forced to stay at home and quarantine, but here we are. So why not make the most of it? Why not use these technologies and build ourselves up, nonetheless that is the human spirit, to evolve adapt and overcome.
I hope we helped you even the slightest bit to overcome some difficulty while working from home but if you have any questions at all please contact us: