Like it or not, remote work remains the status quo for many of us. This is unlikely to change anytime soon – so, in the interest of making your work from home experience as smooth as possible, we took a dive into some remote working tools. We selected fifteen of the finest productivity tools around – and we hope they help improve your workflow.
Project management is an art few appreciate. There are many pitfalls to navigate, and having a well-defined roadmap helps you avoid most of them. That’s where Roadmunk comes in – it’s a roadmapping tool packed to the brim with features like feedback collection and idea management.
Roadmunk will cost you $19.00 per user and they do not have a free version. There is, however, a free trial period.
You know what I miss the most about working from our office in Gdańsk? I miss the whiteboards. Seriously, when you want to explain something complex to your co-workers, there’s nothing better than a whiteboard and a marker.
Enter Miro – it’s an online whiteboard, but supercharged. If you’re a weirdo like myself and you dream of the day when you’ll be able to finally connect your office whiteboard to Dropbox, Slack and Jira, dream no more – Miro has you covered. They have a free version, and their paid plans start at $10.00 per month!
Some of us like to assemble their own toolkits by testing various tools and seeing how well they match up to our needs. That way, we end up with a selection of tools perfectly suited for our daily work, even if putting it together took a lot of effort.
Others simply don’t have that kind of time. MURAL aims to be the one-stop shop for all your project management needs. They start at $12.00 per month and don’t offer a free version.
Many of us swear by Scrum – and for good reason! It’s one of the best project management methodologies out there, and it’s got a proven track record. The goal of Timbo is to make Scrum easier by providing your local Scrum master (that never stops sounding weird, doesn’t it?) with a suite of tools dedicated to retrospectives.
Timbo starts at $29.00 and doesn’t have a free version. There is, however, a free trial.
ClickUp is another one-stop-shop solution for project management, offering a varied selection of tools. It boasts rather impressive customisation capabilities and it’s been trusted by companies like Airbnb and Uber – although it claims it’s a good fit for companies of all shapes and sizes.
Their pricing starts at $5.00, although there is a free version available.
Gantt charts – love them or hate them, sometimes they’re a necessary evil. Why not make them a little bit friendlier with Instagantt? It bills itself as being exceedingly friendly not only towards managers, but also every other role involved in a project: from designers, through engineers, to developers and marketers.
Instagantt starts at $5.00 per month, but there’s also a free version available.
I don’t know about you, but I’m really irritated by poor audio quality. That thing in Google Hangouts where someone speaking can be muted because some background noise is picked up from someone else on the call? It causes me actual, physical discomfort. I know I’m not alone in this – we’ve been struggling with noise cancellation essentially ever since we invented radio and the telephone!
Krisp applies the near-limitless potential of AI to the problem. Their noise-cancelling application boasts compatibility with over 800 different communication apps: from Hangouts, through FaceTime, Slack, and Skype, all the way to Discord, Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
Krisp starts at $5.00 per month and there’s a free version.
Todoist is a fine example of the Unix principle: a tool is to do one thing, and do it well. Todoist, as the name suggests, is a to-do list and task manager. Simplicity is the name of the game here but simplicity doesn’t mean limited potential. Quite the opposite – Todoist is uncannily flexible and customisable.
It starts at $36.00 a year, but it also has a free version.
Timezone is a team management tool designed for collaborating with people located across different time zones – hence the name. It’s designed to help coordinate work, plan meetings and calls and much more, without the hassle of converting time zones.
The pricing depends on your team size and needs. There is not free plan available.
Here’s something out of left field – e-learning. Moodle is an online learning management system. Ever needed to create an e-learning course for your team members? Moodle has you covered.
It’s free and open-source: you can spin up your own instance for free, or purchase a hosting plan. These start at $150 AUD (around $199 USD at the time of writing).
Officevibe is a tool for the team leaders among us: it’s a team management platform. It allows managers to better understand their team through comprehensive reporting capabilities, surveys and performance metrics.
Officevibe will run you a cool $4.00 a month per user. There’s also a free version available.
Otter is another tool that leverages the power of AI. It’s your virtual secretary. Put Otter in one of your calls and it’ll take care of creating a meeting transcript and generating rich notes and reports for each meeting or presentation.
Its pricing starts at a funky $8.33 per month. A free plan is available.
Prototyping can be a hassle, especially in remote conditions. Marvel solves that issue by facilitating online collaboration between designers – no coding required!
Marvel starts at $12.00 per month and there’s a free plan available.
One of the biggest challenges to do while remote working is accurately tracking your time spent working. Here’s where Timecamp comes in. Whether you’re a large corporation or a small team, Timecamp allows you and your co-workers to accurately report the time they spend accomplishing their daily tasks.
Timecamp will run you $5.25 per user, but there is a free version as well.
Zapier is possibly the most advanced tool on this list. It’s essentially the swiss army knife, the magic glue of automation. In essence, it’s a middleware automation solution: drop in a web app on either side of it and Zapier will allow you to create automated workflows between the apps extremely easily.
You can use it to automatically send out PDFs straight out of Google Docs to your linked Dropbox accounts, or to notify everyone in your Slack channel of new commits to your Git repository. With over 1500 apps supported, the possibilities are endless.
Zapier starts at $24.99 per month, but there’s a free version.