Online Collaboration Tools for Dev Teams
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— The Startup Designer (@DesignerStartup) November 17, 2015
Luckily, there are dozens of time-saving SaaS products and remote collaboration solutions at hand. At PSD2HTML, we’ve worked on over 100,700 coding projects, and we know that such tools are essential. Today, we’d like to share some of our favorite ones with you. Whether you’re a startup founder, freelance developer, or in-house project manager, these collaboration tools will help keep you on-task and on-track. Let’s roll!
Basecamp features to-do lists, tasks, milestones, wikis, file sharing, and messaging. It is particularly adept at integrating with other tools, including mobile applications, reporting tools, invoicing software, time trackers and software development tools. It is easy to add new projects, but the only way that the purpose, scope, or objectives are captured is if they are incorporated in the initial email sent to project members. It’s easy to add new tasks and assign responsibility but sub tasks are a no-go.
Pricing – Your first project is free. After that its $29 a month for the basic package and $79 a month if you need to work with clients or if you are an agency.
This is more of a communication tool than a project management app. You can get all your different conversations sorted into different “channels” and you can integrate tons of services and so much more. With Slack, you can share files, search your entire archive of messages and documents, and integrate almost any service you like.
Pricing – There’s a great free package for small teams. Paid packages include more functions and start at $8 per month per user.
Previously known as Teambox, Redbooth combines project management reporting functions along with communication applications. Nothing gets everyone on the same page more than a video conference, and RedBooth offers a nice solution for that! From messaging to video chat and screen-sharing to task management and templates this is an effective project/team management tool.
Pricing – Basic packages are $5 per user per month, billed annually. If you need more a “Pro” plan is available for $15 per user per month, billed annually.
If you need to organize communication, reporting, and billing then Active Collab will meet your needs. In addition to providing communication tools, it also includes task lists, file storage, and tracking of time and expenses to make billing easier.
Pricing – Everyone gets one month free. After that, plans start at $25 a month for 5 users and 5GB goes up to $299 a month for unlimited users with other plans in between,
Asana allows you track almost anything you need — leads, bugs, tasks, meetings. Plus, it can be integrated with Slack, Chrome, Dropbox, and Github, so you can always can stay on top of recent code changes.
Pricing – Basic functionality for up to 15 members is free. Customized pricing plans are available based on the functions you need and start at a little over $8 per month per user when billed annually.
Your dev team needs to focus on writing amazing code. These apps help you write, review and deploy your code with ease. Improve collaboration and communication for more effective teamwork.
Beanstalk was designed to manage and deploy code. For newbies, it takes the mystery out of using version control. The designers, writers, and other non-techies will appreciate Beanstalk because it doesn’t feel like it was created just for coders. Assign reviews and keep track of issues easily, even when your team is distributed.
Pricing – Freelancers and start-ups can go for a Bronze plan which is as low as $15 per month. Enterprise plans start at $50 per month.
GitHub is the largest code host on Earth with over 31 million repositories. Its great for discussing, reviewing, and managing changes to code. Assign access levels to individual dev team members for greater control. Comparison graphs let you visualize your changes and commits to see your history.
Pricing – Plans with no private repositories are free. Personal plans start at $7 per month, and organization ones at $25 per month.
Cloud Nine is a workspace, code editor, and sandbox that lets you collaborate with the rest of the dev team. One of the coolest tools is the Live Preview. This tool enables you to interactively see what your code looks like in any browser.
Pricing – You can start with Cloud9 IDE for free and enjoy one private workspace and unlimited number of free public worksapces. The next upgrade is $9 per month. Cloud9 for Salesforce plans start at $19 per month.
Assembla allows developers to collaborate with designers and clients to communicate and resolve issues. You can keep all your team on the same page, instantly access you code, render files as web pages with images, CSS, and JS, and so much more! Plus, Assembla can be easily integrate with great tools like Jenkins, Bitbucket, Zendesk, etc.
Pricing – There’s a 7-day free trial, and the subscription starts at $24 per month.
Bugs are inevitable. Agile teams need agile software for bug tracking. These apps allow dev teams to plan, track, and release updates for the best software possible.
Trac is a web-based, open source bug-tracking and project management tool that integrates well with Subversion and other version control software. Trac allows wiki markup to link references between bugs, tasks and files. A timeline shows all tasks in order, and a roadmap lists any upcoming milestones.
Pricing – Trac is licensed under the modified BSD license.
This simple bug tracker lets you capture bugs reported by your client directly on the website. This cuts down on miscommunication so your team can spend more time fixing bugs and less time talking about them. Client notes are automatically translated into bug fix reports. The task board lets you delegate tasks, prioritize them, and track them to completion.
Pricing – You can give BugHerd a test-drive with a free 14-day trial, while the standard subscription is $29 per month.
This issue-tracking product from Atlassian is used for bug tracking, issue tracking and project management, and it’s definitely our favorite one! The software features a clean interface with customizable workflows, OpenSocial dashboards, and a pluggable integration framework. Fun fact: the name is short for “Gojira,” the Japanese name for Godzilla. Yep, it is pretty powerful.
Pricing – Small teams can make a good use of JIRA for just $10 per month, but there’s also a free 7-day trial.
All dev teams are different and all projects are different. Thankfully there are many options when it comes to apps to manage the entire project or just the coding or bug tracking. What works best for your team?