Top 19 Collaboration Tools for Your Software Testing Team
These tools have the power to bring your testing team closer together to test software better.
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Collaboration is an aspect that every organization strives to achieve and it does not come easy. Especially if you refer to big enterprises where employees work from different geographies in order to support a common project. Collaboration is highly tool-dependent and selecting the proper team collaboration tool is imperative as it would help you to:
- Making your team more productive.
- Facilitate efficient communication between team members at a remote location.
- Maintain work history by creating archives.
- Allow future team members to learn more about the project by browsing the history.
However, with an abundance of collaboration tools available on the internet, choosing the right one can be quite troublesome. This article’s purpose is to ease the filtering process for you and your business. Here is a list of top 19 team collaboration tools that will enable your team members to generate more productivity by promoting a bonding between the team members.
1. Asana – Make More Time for Work That Matters
Asana is a cloud-based platform where all the members of your testing team can log in from anywhere, as long as they have a working internet connection. The dashboard has three panels which give you access to all the data related to your project.
If you are the stakeholder or the owner of the product or business, Asana will provide you with the data regarding all the projects that are ongoing at your organization along with individual data like pending tasks and the person to whom the task is assigned.
2. Wrike – Leading Work Management Solution
Wrike will help you to break your task into smaller fragments. Thus, the test lead can easily track each member’s work progress and team contribution.
The data provided is very easily readable and also provides you with financial details so that you can check that the project is within the budget limit. This team collaboration tool is very useful for service-based organizations.
Jira is a packaged tool that allows the user to create a task and assign them to the members of a testing team based on its priority. It has been widely popular among various organizations because of features like customizable Scrum boards, reports that show the work progress of both Kanban and Agile teams, and backlog grooming that helps project managers to design strategies and track work.
4. Scoro: Bring Structure To Your Work
This team collaboration tool is not free, but with its cost come with a lot of facilities, which can be easily customized to fit in the workflow.
- It enables individual members to share files internally within the team.
- The user can create unlimited projects and team members can be given joint access to multiple projects if required.
- Apart from tracking the team’s progress, the user can also create invoices using templates.
5. Slack – Where Work Happens
Apart from being widely used as an instant messenger, Slack is also an effective team collaboration tool.
- It allows users to segregate discussions into different categories based on the purpose or department.
- Provides opportunities like file sharing and searching for information.
- Users can customize the tool or set preferences based on whatever solution they require.
6. WebEx: Work Where You Are
WebEx is an IM and chat service that enables your team members to create chat rooms and share files both in the room as well as one-on-one. Not only that, but it also provides facilities like screen sharing, video calling, guest logins, and unlimited storage.
7. BitBucket – Built for Professional Teams
Developed by Atlassian, the company that owns Hipchat and Jira, Bitbucket is an efficient team collaboration tool. It offers an unlimited number of private repositories to its users. However, unlike Github, it does not focus on open source. Rather, its purpose is to help developers and testers within an organization to collaborate in projects.
8. Igloo – Digital Workplace Solutions
Now, team cohesion becomes much stronger with the help of this team collaboration tool that gives you the opportunity to create a customizable project. The access to that project can be made public or private. You can also restrict or give additional access to your team members.
9. Trello – Lets You Work More Collaboratively and Get More Done
Trello is a cloud-based platform that allows the user to organize their projects using cards that are displayed on the dashboard. You can write on the cards, move them around and remove them whenever you want.
The columns in the card show different phases of the project. As progress is made on each project, the card is moved along the board. You can thus see the status of all the projects your team is working on.
10. Yammer – Connect and Engage Across Your Organization
Yammer is a corporate social network that helps employees to collaborate effectively from different locations as well as departments. It is entirely focused on business and to join, members need to have a working email id registered under the company domain. Your testing team can create a separate group with restricted access where they can connect and share their idea and knowledge.
11. Microsoft VSTS/Azure DevOps
Visual Studio Team Services, now known as Azure DevOps, provides collaboration for different teams in a project, with special tools for testers, architects, developers, etc. Each member of the project can do their assigned work along with connecting the other members of the team for discussion and knowledge sharing.
12. Podio – Your Workflows, Structured and Smarter
Podio is an excellent team collaboration tool that makes it easier for your testing team to share data and knowledge, especially when they are located at remote locations with different time zones.
- It provides a customizable CRM for organizing the team and tracking the customer.
- There are automated workflows to reduce time complexity.
- Efficiently manages the business process and scrums in Agile methodology.
13. GitLab – Tools for Modern Developers
Just like GitHub, GitLab is a repository service where you can store your code, create branches and versions according to the changes made in it or with each issue fixed. It provides collaboration for teams to access from anywhere, push their codes in the branches or download old codes.
14. Confluence – Ideas Made Better by Working Together
Confluence is a chat service that is privately hosted with the aim of enabling your testing team to communicate in an efficient manner.
- The owner has access to set up groups which can be accessed by their teams.
- Provides the feature to save a conversation which can be accessed later in case of any miscommunication or if any information is required.
- Also features video chat which can be started from any desktop or mobile device to converse with the team located at different locations.
15. GitHub – Built for Developers
This is probably the repository service that is mostly used by organizations as well as developers around the world. GitHub is free to use and can be accessed from anywhere. However, there is only one drawback of this team collaboration tool – limited storage space.
16. Tallium – Software Development Teams for Your Project
Tallium is a community platform that is released with the purpose of allowing users to create communities where they can share fresh idea and solution to any problems which can affect the business.
- The tool strengthens the bond between stakeholders and customers.
- There are multiple levels of security and privacy to keep your data secure.
- User-friendly and customizable to meet the needs of your team.
17. Paymo – Work Happy
Paymo is a project management application that is dedicated mostly for freelancers and small organizations working on web development projects, social media, marketing, and other agencies. The main objective of this application is to build a collaborative platform where users can share their knowledge and resources with the team, manage time and schedule assignments to the respective team members.
Teamwork is another multi-purpose team collaboration tool that allows you to assign the task to the team members, communicate with them and track the progress of their work. It is popular among the users because of its robustness, security and single sign-on feature.
19. Hive – The Productivity Platform
Hive gives your team to plan the project in the way they want. You can organize your projects in any way, board or chart form and switch between the layout very easily. The multiple view feature also allows you to view projects according to status, assigned labels or team members. The best part is, your team can communicate with each other and share all knowledge data along with required files.
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