9 Remote Team Management Tools You Can Use

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Thanks to a ton of convenient tools for easy control, we’ve come to a place where it’s no longer painful to access your employees, and the response time takes less than a signal between Frankfurt and Paris.

While being virtual workers, remote teams offer real value and you get to pivot the project whenever you want — whether you have physical contact or not. Managing is never easy, but here are some of the best programs for smooth coordination when you deal with a long-distance team of devs.

Slack

What better way to start the list other than to mention the most popular pick. Slack is what you come across when starting your development journey — it’s now adopted by a vast number of teams. And rightfully so, it’s a convenient tool for incorporating every project member together.

Slack allows for easy rooms creation, adjusting time zones, sending files, creating scheduled events, and custom bots usage. There’s also a number of programs integrated into Slack — you can incorporate Google Drive, Skype, MailChimp, Basecamp, Zoom, and other services with previously accumulated data. It also has clear role distribution and data analytics available inside your network, a special environment where the team gets to operate. Getting notified is also clean and easy-to-grasp, both on mobile and desktop versions.

Basecamp

Being one of the forefathers among management tools, Basecamp is still one of the most used programs in this category. It allows for seamless collaboration between teams and keeping track of every task to stay synced for each member. On top of regular messaging, Basecamp will be good for assigning tasks, sharing documents, and automated week reports.

Plus, it has a check-in feature, a “big button” that notifies everyone in the network about the to-do list and can be updated by the developers as soon as they reach the progress in addressing this task. It’s basically a tool that strives at replacing time-consuming meetings with chats in a cozy online interface. Basecamp will be a great choice when managing multiple teams, given how easily you can create and schedule their activity via separate forums for each team collaboration.

Asana

Yet another great management tool, this time, a great choice for a single project. It has 3 major elements: file storage, team collaboration, and team control with no e-mail usage. You get access to dashboards for quick overviews, timelines, roadmaps that will further be adjusted depending on each team member. After employees get the tasks, you will be able to track their progress and review milestones previously set up for the project.

The notification system is also in place, making it easier to keep an eye on things from the very beginning, granted that there are tags and hotkeys to further improve its convenience. Asana proved itself to be very effective for strategic planning for any team size.

Trello

Trello is all about dashboards. It simply unites multiple features into a visually intuitive board where your task is displayed on sheets that the team members get to see: it displays a type of task and a due date. By visually resembling a Kanban desk, it pretty much fits the very principles of Agile software development — it’s the best choice for short-term tasks and allows for easy goal adjustment depending on the project’s needs.

You can also share files and images, create an unlimited number of tasks, comment, and easily filter them on various parameters.

Google Docs

The best thing about this tool is that everyone has it. Seriously, I don’t know anyone without a Google account, therefore it eliminates the need to install any software or incorporate external data — uploading is very simple. Via the free-to-use interface, you have access to documents, spreadsheets, storage, and e-mail.

But the hangouts and calendar features are what stands out the most: you can set up a schedule for meetings with all the data, filter notifications, accept or decline invitations for events.

File sharing is also what makes it convenient — it provides access to spreadsheets and other documents to specific people or groups who need to be involved in the project. Plus, you can always be sure that the outages won’t harm you; the autosave feature is great, not to mention the edit history of the files, which will keep your eyes on who has been accessing them.

Hubstaff

Hubstaff is a very streamlined version of what we call “management.” It is a great way for you to track staff activity and be in touch what they’re working on at that moment. Count on it to be a neat tool for calculating how much you should pay developers — you get to set up the budget for each project and the exact number of hours each employee should commit.

Backed by 30+ integrations and a simple UI, Hubstaff gives you access to timesheets that contain all the general info, activity, and report panels, where you can manage remote workers and even see their location via GPS tracking. The mobile version is also a nice addition to drastically reduce your management time.

Scoro

Scoro gives you an edge if you want to keep all the info centralized. It showcases projects in columns based on their 4 stages: planned, completed, needs attention, and in progress. On top of that, Scoro enables tracking for tasks, quotes, billing, reporting, contact management, and collaborating with each member.

Actually, both quoting and invoicing are very simple — you can use the templates, plus you get to customize dashboards, if needed. The calendar can also be useful for planning your meetings and schedule, and you can also share the files.

Bitrix24

Being a more compound product, Bitrix24 is made for those who want to have everything gathered together right in front of their eyes. It includes virtually everything: project management tools, customer interaction, CRM analytics, phone, virtual voice call integration, scheduling, task distribution, reports, and activity stream. By clicking on a certain segment, it just appears at the middle of the window and allows for more detailed features inside of it. For example, the CRM segment will provide you with a history of leads and where they come from.

You can also manage the schedule of your team, as well as keep your eyes on each member’s attendance. Internal mail and file sharing are the essential tools of this program, as well as commenting and leaving “likes” for events.

Wrike

Wrike is no stranger to this list, as it’s one of the most used programs that facilitate the teams of any scale to enable sleek team collaboration. Meeting planning, task assignment, and scheduling are its cornerstones, and it also provides you with a news feed, convenient document flow, e-mail integration, comments for tasks, and neat tags to engage every team member.

The app works great on both iOS and Android and is welcoming towards new users: a wide range of templates can help anyone build their project from scratch. Real-time data flow plus user-friendly visual timelines only add to the experience to make it accessible for people with no technical knowledge to rule the process.

Remember the time when an idea of a remote team was deemed crazy? Well, it has been a while ago, and the concept of having the best distant talent for your product is now what many view as a go-to solution.

While being virtual workers, remote teams offer real value and you get to pivot the project whenever you want — whether you have physical contact or not. Managing is never easy, but here are some of the best programs for smooth coordination when you deal with a long-distance team of devs.