Useful tools when working remotely
July 8, 2020  

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We've put together a selection of tools and ideas we've successfully used across our various teams at Entelect. If you're looking for ideas to help solve specific frustrations, experiment with these and adopt what works.

 

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We've put together a selection of tools and ideas we've successfully used across our various teams at Entelect. If you're looking for ideas to help solve specific frustrations, experiment with these and adopt what works.

 

1. Team alignment

A Project Canvas is a great way to reconnect a team to their purpose, business drivers, actions and ideas. It can be done remotely with great success, and promotes a healthy conversation about priorities.

 

You can download our template here.

 

 

2. Other useful tools

Finding the best technology and tools for working remotely can make all the difference. No matter where you work, communication is key. These are the tools we've been using to collaborate, communicate and keep our culture strong.

 

* We’ve marked the tools we believe are the best in each category, and which Entelect has had the most success with.

 

Real-time communication
There are a variety of tools available for the daily synchronous to-and-fro communication. We have been using the below across the different modes of communication.

 

 

Video calling

Select the tool that fits your business based on existing access, costs and use cases.


Zoom *
Microsoft Teams
Skype for Business
Google Hangouts

 

Voice chat

Use this as a replacement for the feeling of an open plan office.

 

Discord *
TeamSpeak

 

 

 

Instant messaging

Use these for more relaxed conversations or when you need short, instant replies.

 

Slack*
WhatsApp
Telegram

 

 

Collaborating
Integration is key, and team members working remotely need the right online collaboration tools that bring together features such as instant messaging, video calls, screen sharing, and time tracking to help them get the job done.

 

 

Project collaboration and management

Microsoft Teams
Microsoft OneNote
Trello
Google G-Suite

 

Whiteboarding

Miro *
Apple pencil + screen sharing
Excalidraw
Awwapp
Invision

 

Company meetings

Zoom Webinar *
Slido *
GoTo Meeting

 

 

 

Issue tracking and pull-requests
Individuals in engineering teams use source code repositories throughout their day. Beyond managing code, repository platforms also offer features for voting on code commits, issues and ideas. This can accelerate decisions and allow for consensus to be formed remotely.

 

 

Social and culture
Keeping the culture alive throughout the business and teams is crucial for employees’ morale. These tools are a bit more informal, and should be used for socialising and team building.

 

 

Training
Many of the major online learning institutes are having sales on their courses during these social distancing periods. Our teams at Entelect have been using their downtime to upskill using the below platforms.

 

 


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