Collaboration is defined as the action of working with someone to produce something. We all have to collaborate on a daily basis, and it can be painful at times.
Have you ever felt out of sync with your coworkers? Ever felt like you didn’t get the same information as everyone else? Have you ever wasted time working on an old version of a file? This selection of collaborative tools will help you save time and stay up to date with your team.
The first tool you should consider using is your social skill set. Get up and go interact with your collaborators: whether you are a good communicator or not, your message will get delivered.
Use both verbal and nonverbal communication to strengthen your point of view. If you can’t physically go and talk to your team, then pick up your phone and call your teammates to have real conversations.
But the Internet is at the center of most indirect communication today. So I have compiled a few collaboration tools to use on your computer; most are cloud-based solutions.
Collaborating implies that you will have to work together on documents. Google Docs is great for that; you can work simultaneously with your team on a document, and make annotations and suggestions. You can see what others are doing in real time too, which is great.
Another way to collaborate is through screen sharing. Teamviewer is, in my opinion, the best solution out there. This tool can be used for much more than collaboration, since it allows you to remotely control any of your computers.
For instance, it is used for support, but can also be used for remote presentations and training. What's also great about it is that it’s available across all devices.
Collaboration can occur at different levels. When it comes to brainstorming, Concept Board can be very useful. Because ideas often come at the most random of moments, you should be able to add them to your whiteboard anytime, anywhere.
Concept Board does just that, and does it well. You can drop files and pictures, comment on them and add notes – pretty much everything you would want from a white board.
Draft is great for writing collaboration. People can make changes to the document, but your documents are not altered right away, and you are able to either accept or ignore the changes made. The ‘mark draft’ feature is very nice as it allows you to save versions of your work, when you want to.
InVision is a must-have for web designers. It allows you to compare different versions of your web pages, and to easily share your new designs with your team.
They can then click and interact with the page. It is also great for working in teams; their LiveShare feature is made for presentations and real-time remote collaboration. Comments, status updates on files, and much more make it an overall vital collaboration tool for designers.
Hootsuite is a great collaboration tool for community managers. You can have tens of different social network accounts, and post on all of them simultaneously.
But you can also assign responses to a teammate directly within the app. You can submit sample tweets or other types of messages for input and review from your peers. It’s a must-have for managing communities in teams.
What are the collaboration tools that you are using with your team?