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GregoryN

Team communication software

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Hello, I am interested in what software you guys use to communicate between team members over the internet (ventrilo, email etc.)

This is not about me looking for a bunch of suggestions as much as just an interest in seeing what else is out there.

Here is my list:

1) ventrilo

2) MSN messenger around 5 years back (very easy to send files by dragging and dropping onto chat screen)

3) Drop Box for file management

All 3 also offer android support which makes it easy to keep in touch when your not near your computer.

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Microsoft Lync is easily the best thing I've ever used:
http://lync.microsoft.com/25thhour/pages/default.aspx?EP=200101185

IM, file transfer, persistent chat rooms (so you can join a room and see what has been discussed), video conf.

Doesn't cover bug tracking and document store, but there are plenty of good options there.
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Hmm.

Well here is what I use.

1) Team Speak for team voice meetings
2) Skype for one on one IM on the days we don't have team meetings.
3) Email for communication that needs to be documented
4) Trello/Cohuman/Wunderkit for PM/task management depending on the project style.
5) SVM for versioning/document/asset storage
6) Dropbox for backup of above files
7) Group Forums for a general hangout.
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We've been using [url="http://www.atlassian.com/software/fisheye/overview"]Fisheye[/url] for source history (shows commit messages, can create rss feeds for commits, view project history across multiple branches, and lots of other stuff) and [url="http://www.atlassian.com/software/crucible/overview"]Crucible[/url] for code reviews.

[url="http://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/overview"]Jira[/url] + [url="http://www.atlassian.com/software/greenhopper/overview"]Greenhopper[/url] is a great tool for agile planning, and bug/issue tracking.

[url="http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki"]MediaWiki[/url] is a good free tool for a general purpose scratch pad, I use it to store url links, and non-source documentation (high level overviews, checklists for adding new subprojects / adding files / checking out and building source).

[url="http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/en-us/Pages/default.aspx"]Microsoft SharePoint[/url] is a great multipurpose tool if you can afford the license + SQL Server + the time to administer it. Only really useful to larger organizations. Edited by turch
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Jira & Trello depending on budget and size of team/scope of project.

I still tend to setup forums too, as I think they cater to some communication needs... *looks at screen*
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I would go with IRC for meetings, there exists pretty good bots to manage the meetings. Github private or public repositories for source control, bug tracker and wiki. Skype for fast one on one discussions. FTP server for sharing documents and other files.
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At work we use Bitbucket, HipChat, Harvest and Basecamp, (HipChat and Basecamp is primarily for collaboration with another company)
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We use the following.

(1) IRC for mostly-immediate-mode conversations and format meetings
(2) email for non-time-sensitive and formal conversations
(3) mumble, skype, and google for voice/video chats
(4) VCS for code and assets (officially we use bzr, except for certain teams who work with git upstreams)
(5) google docs for sharing documents (google docs needs a lot of work to become scalable)
(6) various third-party software for planning (kanban boards, etc)
(7) various wikis for, I dunno, stuff that no one can ever find and rarely gets updated but is quick to write so you can say "I put it on the wiki"

Pretty much all that technology is client-agnostic (except mumble and skype) and it's all freely available.
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1). For real-time quick chatting, GTalk.
2). For real-time team chatting/video, G+ hangouts.
3). For non real-time, email.
4). For source sharing, BitBucket git repo.
5). For filesharing, dropbox.
6). For encrypting files for sharing, Truecrypt (Always assume that Dropbox is like leaving a file on an open share!!)
7). For wiki and docs, BitBucket provides wikis with a repo.
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I'm a big fan of Zoho for project management if you've got a lot of teams operating remotely. It nicely hooks into Google mail and sets up calendar appointments and tasks as reminders.

Its also super cheap
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Skype, email and a secure content management program such as a locked down Wordpress site.

It's the system that is so important, not the software IMHO. We make changes every month.
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