Best tools for developer communication
Sharing and collaborating is now trivial to incorporate into your workflow. Unlocking this raw power is as simple as signing up for a free account or two, then convincing your teammates to do the same.
If you’re a programmer and you aren’t yet sharing or collaborating, you’re behind the curve.
Communication and managing projects are big deals but sooner or later work has to get done. Here are some tools that will help the team to get the day-to-day work done easily.
So, let's see -
Based on the Kanban method adopted from Toyota, Trello allows you to visually track projects as they move from idea to ship. Trello provides a lot of functionality for dev teams that are trying to ship features faster. One of those features is a communication thread specific to a project. A dev team not using some kind of software to manage and communicate about each specific project isn’t as efficient as they could be.
It’s used primarily by the development and design team to track bugs, collaborate on technical issues and to plan sprints. Jira is something of the legend that has become the go-to application trusted by development teams at Square, eBay, LinkedIn, BMW and even NASA. This was software built by developers for developers, which is perfectly fine. Jira is meant to help teams ship outstanding software. What it lacks in design, it makes up for with its hyper-focused purpose. This is software a development team can essentially live in and can rest assured the creators have their best interest at heart.
Slack is a communication platform for teams. It has so many additional advantages. Even if you’re still working alone, Slack can be an amazing tool also for individuals. Slack introduces a new and seamless way to communicate internally with team members, stay on top of milestones, goals, and issues, schedule meetings. Slack provides you with everything you need to manage a rich conversation with your team members: emojis, image sharing, YouTube videos embedding, and of course, integrations.
With Quip, we’re able to get the whole team involved in writing, while easily staying organized. Quip is basically a super-charged, more user-friendly version of Google Documents. While Google Docs has it’s advantages, our team has been attracted to the simplicity of Quip and the emphasis on conversation. Quip welcomes users with color-coded folders similar to those on your Mac Finder. There, you can create different shared folders that everyone on your team can add to and edit. It has a clean layout that makes it look more like a chat thread than a document. Most importantly, it offers the ability to go back and view previous comments and versions of the document.
It is a leading task and project management tool for web and mobile. The tool helps different scrum teams organize projects by centralizing daily tasks and providing teams with a portal to view the status of jobs without having to screen hop. Design and development teams can track requests for each project, assign people to work and set priority levels for each request. This helps teams streamline handoff after the software definition phase, make creative goals clear and build out workflows that align with each scrum’s capacity.
Dropbox for Business is an outstanding tool that makes file sharing easier for the team and allows each team member to have access to important documents at any particular time. If a team member is out at a meeting, and a client wants marketing materials, they can open up the Dropbox app on their device and easily share files right then and there. There's no need to fumble through emails, search and confirm the file they are using is the most up-to-date version. All files update automatically once the team member uploads a newer file. Everything from access to keynote presentations, videos, press kits, logos, team photos, and contracts are all conveniently stored in one central location for the team member to grab it.
BitBucket is a distributed version control system that makes it easy for you to collaborate with your team. BitBucket is owned by Atlassian which owns Jira, HipChat, and Trello that are great products for developers as well. BitBucket, unlike Github, offers private repositories for up to five users for free. BitBucket user-interface is welcoming and easy to use, and the integrations that BitBucket offers are extremely helpful.
Postman is a Chrome application allows you to easily send HTTP requests to either local or global server with any parameters, headers and authentication settings you need. Postman, unlike other tools out there, has a wonderful GUI (graphical user interface) for defining your HTTP request and analyzing the response.
InVision is a web-based app that lets designers/developers turn their work into active prototypes with animations. Clients can provide feedback and comments directly on the site and track progress in real-time by looking at your to-do list.
Redash is a great open-source tool for visualizing your data in a dedicated dashboard. It provides you with everything you need to give your team the ability the query data, visualize and share it. It integrated with all of the most popular data sources including MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, ElasticSearch and much more. With Redash you can generate visualizations to track milestones and keep yourself and your team engaged with what is going on with your project.
ProductPlan is the number one cloud-based product road mapping tool for visualizing product strategy in real-time. With ProductPlan, it’s quick and easy to create a roadmap and update it regularly with drag and drop features. This means that everyone can be kept up-to-date on the next step in the journey towards product delivery.
Zapier is a great tool. Zapier moves info between web apps automatically by integrating more than 750 apps. It allows you to create automated processes and workflows with a few clicks of a button that will last forever. If you’re running your own company, consider using Zapier as soon as possible in order to avoid redundant development projects, bugs, and maintainability.
Funnel is a simple CRM tool that helps you keep track of all of your client information as well as project specs and more. You essentially create a pipeline that monitors all your activity with your client, which is especially helpful if you’ve been working with a client for a long time and want a detailed history of your projects. If clients are constantly asking about projects you worked on months or even years ago, Funnel can help.
Podio describes itself as a flexible and customizable online platform for work and communication among teams. It gives you a way to organize large stacks of work and to delegate tasks between employees. Podio provides you with the tools to share files, view the status of ongoing projects and get feedback on the things you’re currently working on. These functionalities are combined into an easy-to-use interface. It has an impressive amount of integration with third-party services and apps including Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, and Zendesk.
GitHub is a repository hosting service that helps developers build software. It offers distributed revision control and source code management functionality of Git. You can use GitHub to create private projects or work collaboratively as a team or on open source projects.
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