This wiki-thread is for collecting and reviewing software tools for team communication and collaboration. These tools are primarily supposed to be used for specific project work by the teams working on them, in order to make project related work more manageable. Using these tools would be additional to using the baseline forum, wiki, and blog that we can use in any case.
Here is a relevant Wikipedia page out of which we could select interesting tools:
So, let’s start with the collaboration tool list:
- Basecamp (big problem: Is not free to use. But it claims to be the #1 project management tool)
- Comindwork Team Network: Discussion groups and chat rooms for teams, document management, people search. Problem: Only free trial version.
- Etherpad: Web based collaborative real-time text editing software.
- Fluxes: Task management software for teams, with granular rights management
- Freedcamp (this seems to be a free version of Basecamp. It also seems to be much less popular than Basecamp)
- Gingko app (“note-tree” based text editing tool with collaboration features)
- Gobby: Free collaborative real-time document editor with integrated chat function. Has to be installed on your PC.
- Google Drive (basically a cloud based “Office” solution with collaboration features)
- Let’s chat (self hosted XMPP chat solution)
- Loomio (for decision making and discussion)
- Mind42 (specifically for creating mind maps collaboratively)
- OpenProject (an open source project management software aimed at managing agile and scrum powered open source projects)
- Podio (seems to be one of the better “everything integrated” communication and productivity tools)
- Producteev (free productivity project management tool)
- ProjectOpen (enterprise project management system – probably quite useful for startups)
- Rizzoma (is based on the “email 2.0” system Google Wave that has been abandoned by Google due to insufficient popularity, even though it was rather amazing software)
- Slack (this seems to be a much hyped communication and collaboration tool)
- Trello (Card based. Cards are supposed to be moved to indicate progress. Seem a bit Getting Things Done inspired.)
- Waffle (Free issue dashboard for GitHub projects – of course requires having a project on GitHub)
- Please add more…
Reviews are best added as normal replies. Users with user group level 2 or higher can edit the top post directly and add new tools and comments to the list above.
Finally, there’s also a Wikipedia page that does a bit into categorizing different kinds of collaboration software tools: