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"Usefool" Tools - the never ending list

Updated: Feb 26, 2019

Tools for Scrum Masters/Agile Coaches

A fool with a tool is still a fool...

... goes the saying. But as anyone who at some point in their career has worked in a distributed team knows that without the right tools work cannot be done.


Communication is the key to either success or failure in any team. This is why we need to master our communication tools as enablers that help us build products and not inhibit team's work. This important stage when a new team is formed and starts working on a new product is called taming of the tool and needs to be successfully addressed early at the beginning. What makes a great difference in guaranteeing success here is having at least one person on the team who is willing to experiment with different tools and can help coach others on how to use them.

Here are some tools I used to enable communication in teams:

(PS: I upodate this list on an ongoing basis)

Jira & Confluence

Azure DevOps/ VSTS & Microsoft Teams

Zoom

Slack

Google Hangouts

Sococo - virtual work space for remote teams

Google Docs, Google Slides - pair work

Boards RealtimeBoard

Ideaboardz

Trello

Canva


Remote Retrospectives

Retrium

Mural

FunRetro

LeanCoffeeTable

Polls Mentimeter

SurveyMonkey

Free online surveys

Google Forms


Wordclouds:

Wordart

Jason Davies

Worditout


Free Images for Blogs:

Undraw

Flaticon


Data Analysis - e.g. Feedback responses

Maxqda


Agile Apps

Scrool - really cool one, free and includes Planning Poker, in Apps Store


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