How to successfully manage and choose the right remote control tools

Remote management is one of the most complicated yet common forms of work in the contemporary world. Finding ways to optimize remote management is key to the success of any company with a team of developers who work from different locations. Besides the management practices, there is also a need to have the right remote control tools to perform a project effectively.

Communication tools

The first and the most crucial factor in maintaining productive cooperation between the team members is to ensure communication is effective. In particular, conducting daily meets or individual meetings to be in sync with the team should be a convenient experience. Usually, ZOOM is known to be a popular solution for meetings. However, with the recent updates and optimization of Google Meet, this application has become very functional, and it can replace ZOOM altogether. Using Google Meet is incredibly convenient when your team is connected to Google accounts. Google Meet provides all the needed tools for communication, including screen sharing and other features for collaborative meetings. A similar solution is Microsoft Teams, which provides a platform for the team’s chat, meetings, and notes with Microsoft accounts. It is integrated with all popular Microsoft services and apps like Outlook, Word, Excel, etc. which brings remote work to the next level. Also, for chat messaging, the use of Slack for corporate communication is one of the most common solutions to communicate within a team and with clients conveniently.

Project management tools

Another crucial factor in the successful management of remote teams is the proper tool to manage, assign, and keep track of the tasks’ progress. These tools should be practical and have integrations with other applications to improve the collaboration. For instance, one of the most famous project management tools is Asana, which helps manage and track workflow using the Kanban methodology. Besides, it has numerous integrations like Google Drive, WordPress, and Dropbox.

Another popular solution for remote teams is Wrike, which provides the team’s collaboration tools to see all the projects, comment in tasks or add files. Moreover, it also has a variety of integration and add-ons, including one with the corporate messenger Slack. Wrike allows to completely cover all requirements for project management including planning, time tracking, the workload for each team member, Gantt chart, etc.

Also, an important tool for remote management is known to be Confluence. This software is used to create the corporate database for the employees to find the needed information regarding any work-related matters and development cases or instructions. Along with Confluence, the remote teams might use Jira for task management and tracking progress.

Other tools

In addition to the communication and project management tools, the success of a remote team might also depend on the platforms for the interactions and non-project-related matters. For instance, the portals with the profiles of the team members, galleries from meet-ups, and notifications about upcoming events provide a sense of the community for the teams and facilitate productive cooperation within teams. Multiple HR management platforms have similar functionality. Meanwhile, in Overdose, in addition to the Overdose Tech Club, where our employees unite into interest groups, we also have a portal called OD People. With this community platform, we can find our team members there, track and join upcoming events, and see what projects our colleagues have launched.

Finding the right tools for managing the remote team is one of the main factors in success. It is also vital to properly determine the needs of your team and choose the best solutions that would fit the scale and goals. Nevertheless, do not forget about the platforms where you can connect with the team members from the perspective of work and as people who enjoy working together.

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