So by now, you’ve heard it enough, we are locked up and confined to our homes because of COVID-19. Who would have guessed a month ago that the entire country would pretty much be shut down? That schools would move everything to online learning? That businesses would be adopting remote or“Work From Home” policies? If the gazillion plus blogs about“Tips For Working From Home” weren’t enough, we’ve decided to create our own. Here’s the twist(because we are a tech company after all), we’ve made a list of our top four favorite software tools that make the“remote life” a little easier.
Okay, if your company isn’t already utilizing Slack(especially if you’re a smaller business), then this is something that will make communication SO much easier. Appsky has been using Slack since our existence(so…over three years).
What is Slack?
Slack is a communication platform designed to help small groups interact with one another. How does it work? Main conversation topics are divided into“channels”. Users that belong to a certain channel can discuss items related to that topic. For example, we have a“Core” channel for all company announcements. We have a“Marketing” channel to discuss marketing related items. Makes sense, right? You can also message individuals or groups about essentially anything.
Slack has plenty of features(the premium version is definitely worth it). Now that we are working remote, Slack phone calls keep our employees in the loop. If you like face-to-face contact, Slack also has a feature for video calls and screen shares as well. Another feature appsky utilizes is the ability to share your emails with others directly through Slack.
This probably doesn’t come as a surprise. All“remote” teams need a great video conferencing service and Zoom is one of the most popular ones out there. We mostly utilize Zoom for any external meetings we have and have found Zoom to be great experience overall.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is an online video conference software. It allows its users to hostonline meetings, trainings, webinars,“conference rooms,” and more. It’s affordable and easy-to-use. You can utilize Zoom for large meetings with up to 1,000 video participants. Many universities are selecting Zoom as the video software to teach live classes during this time.
You can’t expect us NOT to be using a cloud-based database to hold all of our files, can you? Similar to Slack, we’ve been using Dropbox for almost three years now. We mostly use Dropbox for two different purposes—hold all of our files and“paper” documents.
What is Dropbox?
Dropbox is a file hosting company. This is a cloud-based tool that allows users to upload different files, images, documents, etc. and share them with other people. Similar to“Google Drive,” you also have the ability to create online working documents to share with others to work on at the same time.
One plus with Dropbox is that it integrates with Slack. Might as well set up all your software to communicate with one another, right?
Clubhouse is probably better for companies that are more“techy”. For us, Clubhouse is our main project management tool for all appsky client projects. We create two week sprints, which consists of a list of tasks we anticipate on completing within that timeframe. Clubhouse allows us to do that easily and to assign“points” or the duration of time it will taketo complete each task.
What is Clubhouse?
Clubhouse is a collaborative tool for software development teams that allows them to keep track of various projects. Each project consists of various stories, broken down further into tasks. You can assign tasks and specific deadlines to a member or multiple members of your team. The“burn down” chart makes it easy to see progress made over a selected interval of time.