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Web Tools for Making Your Remote Team a Success

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Web Tools for Making Your Remote Team a Success

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Web Tools for Making Your Remote Team a Success

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Web Tools for Making Your Remote Team a Success

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Web Tools for Making Your Remote Team a Success

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May 31, 2013
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Web Tools for Making Your Remote Team a Success

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This is a very special post by Formstack's CEO Chris Byers. Chris oversees Formstack from his home in Oklahoma City, and our remote team consists of employees living all around the world - from California to Chicago to Poland. If you want to develop a successful remote team, you need the best tools, right? Here is a list of the tools we use extensively at Formstack to maintain culture and productivity in a remote workplace.

AUDIO COMMUNICATION

Phone

Pro: There is no better way to track people down quickly or have high quality communications … it’s the amazing, wonderful, phone!Con: You can’t see people.  They might be frowning.

In-person Meetings

Pro: Smiles, laughs, hugs, ideas, consuming food together, ping pong, banter, strong feelings of team-workCon: Time consuming, expensive (depending on location of participants). Also, the amount of side banter or tangents could leave you feeling productive after an in-person but actually producing very little.

VIDEO COMMUNICATION

GoToMeeting

Pro: Best consistency and quality for group meetingsCon: Slightly expensive and often very cumbersome to operate when attempting screen sharing.

Google Hangout

Pro: Everyone has it these days and it’s free.  It’s also great to run a meeting and immediately publish to YouTube.

Con: Hard to invite people to a meeting and then navigate them to the Hangout because of the bloated “features” they’ve added. Someone from the Google search homepage should help them trim down a bit!

SkypePro: Great for one to one communications and a number of tv’s have it built-in these days.Con: Group communication is bad and it fails/drops calls more than the rest.

TEAM COLLABORATION

DailyStat.us

Pro: Allows you to quickly get a glance of what each member of your team is working on, identify roadblocks and know what’s just been accomplished.  You can even start a Google Hangout and post your status to a number of tools such as Atlassian’s HipChat.Con:  You have to post updates every day to make it useful for your team.

HipChat

Pro: Quickly IM with team members to discuss work or share information.  You can also create groups (ie…Dev Team) where you can go to ask more specific questions or discuss happenings on your individual teams.Con:  The noise created by too many rooms or lots of pings on your screen can kill productivity and reduce your focus quickly.

Other Web-based Tools We Use (Generic List)

Ticket/Sprint ManagementInternal WikiFile SharingEmailVision – Internally developed Goal/Dashboard System

What tools do you use on your teams? Do you have any questions about the ways to develop a remote workplace at your company? Let us know in the comments below!

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This is a very special post by Formstack's CEO Chris Byers. Chris oversees Formstack from his home in Oklahoma City, and our remote team consists of employees living all around the world - from California to Chicago to Poland. If you want to develop a successful remote team, you need the best tools, right? Here is a list of the tools we use extensively at Formstack to maintain culture and productivity in a remote workplace.

AUDIO COMMUNICATION

Phone

Pro: There is no better way to track people down quickly or have high quality communications … it’s the amazing, wonderful, phone!Con: You can’t see people.  They might be frowning.

In-person Meetings

Pro: Smiles, laughs, hugs, ideas, consuming food together, ping pong, banter, strong feelings of team-workCon: Time consuming, expensive (depending on location of participants). Also, the amount of side banter or tangents could leave you feeling productive after an in-person but actually producing very little.

VIDEO COMMUNICATION

GoToMeeting

Pro: Best consistency and quality for group meetingsCon: Slightly expensive and often very cumbersome to operate when attempting screen sharing.

Google Hangout

Pro: Everyone has it these days and it’s free.  It’s also great to run a meeting and immediately publish to YouTube.

Con: Hard to invite people to a meeting and then navigate them to the Hangout because of the bloated “features” they’ve added. Someone from the Google search homepage should help them trim down a bit!

SkypePro: Great for one to one communications and a number of tv’s have it built-in these days.Con: Group communication is bad and it fails/drops calls more than the rest.

TEAM COLLABORATION

DailyStat.us

Pro: Allows you to quickly get a glance of what each member of your team is working on, identify roadblocks and know what’s just been accomplished.  You can even start a Google Hangout and post your status to a number of tools such as Atlassian’s HipChat.Con:  You have to post updates every day to make it useful for your team.

HipChat

Pro: Quickly IM with team members to discuss work or share information.  You can also create groups (ie…Dev Team) where you can go to ask more specific questions or discuss happenings on your individual teams.Con:  The noise created by too many rooms or lots of pings on your screen can kill productivity and reduce your focus quickly.

Other Web-based Tools We Use (Generic List)

Ticket/Sprint ManagementInternal WikiFile SharingEmailVision – Internally developed Goal/Dashboard System

What tools do you use on your teams? Do you have any questions about the ways to develop a remote workplace at your company? Let us know in the comments below!

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This is a very special post by Formstack's CEO Chris Byers. Chris oversees Formstack from his home in Oklahoma City, and our remote team consists of employees living all around the world - from California to Chicago to Poland. If you want to develop a successful remote team, you need the best tools, right? Here is a list of the tools we use extensively at Formstack to maintain culture and productivity in a remote workplace.

AUDIO COMMUNICATION

Phone

Pro: There is no better way to track people down quickly or have high quality communications … it’s the amazing, wonderful, phone!Con: You can’t see people.  They might be frowning.

In-person Meetings

Pro: Smiles, laughs, hugs, ideas, consuming food together, ping pong, banter, strong feelings of team-workCon: Time consuming, expensive (depending on location of participants). Also, the amount of side banter or tangents could leave you feeling productive after an in-person but actually producing very little.

VIDEO COMMUNICATION

GoToMeeting

Pro: Best consistency and quality for group meetingsCon: Slightly expensive and often very cumbersome to operate when attempting screen sharing.

Google Hangout

Pro: Everyone has it these days and it’s free.  It’s also great to run a meeting and immediately publish to YouTube.

Con: Hard to invite people to a meeting and then navigate them to the Hangout because of the bloated “features” they’ve added. Someone from the Google search homepage should help them trim down a bit!

SkypePro: Great for one to one communications and a number of tv’s have it built-in these days.Con: Group communication is bad and it fails/drops calls more than the rest.

TEAM COLLABORATION

DailyStat.us

Pro: Allows you to quickly get a glance of what each member of your team is working on, identify roadblocks and know what’s just been accomplished.  You can even start a Google Hangout and post your status to a number of tools such as Atlassian’s HipChat.Con:  You have to post updates every day to make it useful for your team.

HipChat

Pro: Quickly IM with team members to discuss work or share information.  You can also create groups (ie…Dev Team) where you can go to ask more specific questions or discuss happenings on your individual teams.Con:  The noise created by too many rooms or lots of pings on your screen can kill productivity and reduce your focus quickly.

Other Web-based Tools We Use (Generic List)

Ticket/Sprint ManagementInternal WikiFile SharingEmailVision – Internally developed Goal/Dashboard System

What tools do you use on your teams? Do you have any questions about the ways to develop a remote workplace at your company? Let us know in the comments below!

This is a very special post by Formstack's CEO Chris Byers. Chris oversees Formstack from his home in Oklahoma City, and our remote team consists of employees living all around the world - from California to Chicago to Poland. If you want to develop a successful remote team, you need the best tools, right? Here is a list of the tools we use extensively at Formstack to maintain culture and productivity in a remote workplace.

AUDIO COMMUNICATION

Phone

Pro: There is no better way to track people down quickly or have high quality communications … it’s the amazing, wonderful, phone!Con: You can’t see people.  They might be frowning.

In-person Meetings

Pro: Smiles, laughs, hugs, ideas, consuming food together, ping pong, banter, strong feelings of team-workCon: Time consuming, expensive (depending on location of participants). Also, the amount of side banter or tangents could leave you feeling productive after an in-person but actually producing very little.

VIDEO COMMUNICATION

GoToMeeting

Pro: Best consistency and quality for group meetingsCon: Slightly expensive and often very cumbersome to operate when attempting screen sharing.

Google Hangout

Pro: Everyone has it these days and it’s free.  It’s also great to run a meeting and immediately publish to YouTube.

Con: Hard to invite people to a meeting and then navigate them to the Hangout because of the bloated “features” they’ve added. Someone from the Google search homepage should help them trim down a bit!

SkypePro: Great for one to one communications and a number of tv’s have it built-in these days.Con: Group communication is bad and it fails/drops calls more than the rest.

TEAM COLLABORATION

DailyStat.us

Pro: Allows you to quickly get a glance of what each member of your team is working on, identify roadblocks and know what’s just been accomplished.  You can even start a Google Hangout and post your status to a number of tools such as Atlassian’s HipChat.Con:  You have to post updates every day to make it useful for your team.

HipChat

Pro: Quickly IM with team members to discuss work or share information.  You can also create groups (ie…Dev Team) where you can go to ask more specific questions or discuss happenings on your individual teams.Con:  The noise created by too many rooms or lots of pings on your screen can kill productivity and reduce your focus quickly.

Other Web-based Tools We Use (Generic List)

Ticket/Sprint ManagementInternal WikiFile SharingEmailVision – Internally developed Goal/Dashboard System

What tools do you use on your teams? Do you have any questions about the ways to develop a remote workplace at your company? Let us know in the comments below!

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NOTE: These amounts reflect the monthly subscription for the payment provider. Formstack does not charge a fee to integrate with any of our payment partners.

FEATURES
Authorize.Net
Bambora
Chargify
First Data
PayPal
PayPal Pro
PayPal Payflow
Stripe
WePay
ProPay
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$25
$25
$149+
Contact First Data
$0
$25
$0-$25
$0
$0
$4
Transaction Fees
$2.9% + 30¢
$2.9% + 30¢
N/A
Contact First Data
$2.9% + 30¢
$2.9% + 30¢
10¢
$2.9% + 30¢
$2.9% + 30¢
$2.6% + 30¢
Countries
5
8
Based on payment gateway
50+
203
3
4
25
USA
USA
Currencies
11
2
23
140
25
23
25
135+
1
1
Card Types
6
13
Based on payment gateway
5
9
9
5
6
4
4
Limits
None
None
Based on payment gateway
None
$10,000
None
None
None
None
$500 per transaction
Form Payments
Recurring Billing
Mobile Payments
PSD2 Compliant

This is a very special post by Formstack's CEO Chris Byers. Chris oversees Formstack from his home in Oklahoma City, and our remote team consists of employees living all around the world - from California to Chicago to Poland. If you want to develop a successful remote team, you need the best tools, right? Here is a list of the tools we use extensively at Formstack to maintain culture and productivity in a remote workplace.

AUDIO COMMUNICATION

Phone

Pro: There is no better way to track people down quickly or have high quality communications … it’s the amazing, wonderful, phone!Con: You can’t see people.  They might be frowning.

In-person Meetings

Pro: Smiles, laughs, hugs, ideas, consuming food together, ping pong, banter, strong feelings of team-workCon: Time consuming, expensive (depending on location of participants). Also, the amount of side banter or tangents could leave you feeling productive after an in-person but actually producing very little.

VIDEO COMMUNICATION

GoToMeeting

Pro: Best consistency and quality for group meetingsCon: Slightly expensive and often very cumbersome to operate when attempting screen sharing.

Google Hangout

Pro: Everyone has it these days and it’s free.  It’s also great to run a meeting and immediately publish to YouTube.

Con: Hard to invite people to a meeting and then navigate them to the Hangout because of the bloated “features” they’ve added. Someone from the Google search homepage should help them trim down a bit!

SkypePro: Great for one to one communications and a number of tv’s have it built-in these days.Con: Group communication is bad and it fails/drops calls more than the rest.

TEAM COLLABORATION

DailyStat.us

Pro: Allows you to quickly get a glance of what each member of your team is working on, identify roadblocks and know what’s just been accomplished.  You can even start a Google Hangout and post your status to a number of tools such as Atlassian’s HipChat.Con:  You have to post updates every day to make it useful for your team.

HipChat

Pro: Quickly IM with team members to discuss work or share information.  You can also create groups (ie…Dev Team) where you can go to ask more specific questions or discuss happenings on your individual teams.Con:  The noise created by too many rooms or lots of pings on your screen can kill productivity and reduce your focus quickly.

Other Web-based Tools We Use (Generic List)

Ticket/Sprint ManagementInternal WikiFile SharingEmailVision – Internally developed Goal/Dashboard System

What tools do you use on your teams? Do you have any questions about the ways to develop a remote workplace at your company? Let us know in the comments below!

This is a very special post by Formstack's CEO Chris Byers. Chris oversees Formstack from his home in Oklahoma City, and our remote team consists of employees living all around the world - from California to Chicago to Poland. If you want to develop a successful remote team, you need the best tools, right? Here is a list of the tools we use extensively at Formstack to maintain culture and productivity in a remote workplace.

AUDIO COMMUNICATION

Phone

Pro: There is no better way to track people down quickly or have high quality communications … it’s the amazing, wonderful, phone!Con: You can’t see people.  They might be frowning.

In-person Meetings

Pro: Smiles, laughs, hugs, ideas, consuming food together, ping pong, banter, strong feelings of team-workCon: Time consuming, expensive (depending on location of participants). Also, the amount of side banter or tangents could leave you feeling productive after an in-person but actually producing very little.

VIDEO COMMUNICATION

GoToMeeting

Pro: Best consistency and quality for group meetingsCon: Slightly expensive and often very cumbersome to operate when attempting screen sharing.

Google Hangout

Pro: Everyone has it these days and it’s free.  It’s also great to run a meeting and immediately publish to YouTube.

Con: Hard to invite people to a meeting and then navigate them to the Hangout because of the bloated “features” they’ve added. Someone from the Google search homepage should help them trim down a bit!

SkypePro: Great for one to one communications and a number of tv’s have it built-in these days.Con: Group communication is bad and it fails/drops calls more than the rest.

TEAM COLLABORATION

DailyStat.us

Pro: Allows you to quickly get a glance of what each member of your team is working on, identify roadblocks and know what’s just been accomplished.  You can even start a Google Hangout and post your status to a number of tools such as Atlassian’s HipChat.Con:  You have to post updates every day to make it useful for your team.

HipChat

Pro: Quickly IM with team members to discuss work or share information.  You can also create groups (ie…Dev Team) where you can go to ask more specific questions or discuss happenings on your individual teams.Con:  The noise created by too many rooms or lots of pings on your screen can kill productivity and reduce your focus quickly.

Other Web-based Tools We Use (Generic List)

Ticket/Sprint ManagementInternal WikiFile SharingEmailVision – Internally developed Goal/Dashboard System

What tools do you use on your teams? Do you have any questions about the ways to develop a remote workplace at your company? Let us know in the comments below!

This is a very special post by Formstack's CEO Chris Byers. Chris oversees Formstack from his home in Oklahoma City, and our remote team consists of employees living all around the world - from California to Chicago to Poland. If you want to develop a successful remote team, you need the best tools, right? Here is a list of the tools we use extensively at Formstack to maintain culture and productivity in a remote workplace.

AUDIO COMMUNICATION

Phone

Pro: There is no better way to track people down quickly or have high quality communications … it’s the amazing, wonderful, phone!Con: You can’t see people.  They might be frowning.

In-person Meetings

Pro: Smiles, laughs, hugs, ideas, consuming food together, ping pong, banter, strong feelings of team-workCon: Time consuming, expensive (depending on location of participants). Also, the amount of side banter or tangents could leave you feeling productive after an in-person but actually producing very little.

VIDEO COMMUNICATION

GoToMeeting

Pro: Best consistency and quality for group meetingsCon: Slightly expensive and often very cumbersome to operate when attempting screen sharing.

Google Hangout

Pro: Everyone has it these days and it’s free.  It’s also great to run a meeting and immediately publish to YouTube.

Con: Hard to invite people to a meeting and then navigate them to the Hangout because of the bloated “features” they’ve added. Someone from the Google search homepage should help them trim down a bit!

SkypePro: Great for one to one communications and a number of tv’s have it built-in these days.Con: Group communication is bad and it fails/drops calls more than the rest.

TEAM COLLABORATION

DailyStat.us

Pro: Allows you to quickly get a glance of what each member of your team is working on, identify roadblocks and know what’s just been accomplished.  You can even start a Google Hangout and post your status to a number of tools such as Atlassian’s HipChat.Con:  You have to post updates every day to make it useful for your team.

HipChat

Pro: Quickly IM with team members to discuss work or share information.  You can also create groups (ie…Dev Team) where you can go to ask more specific questions or discuss happenings on your individual teams.Con:  The noise created by too many rooms or lots of pings on your screen can kill productivity and reduce your focus quickly.

Other Web-based Tools We Use (Generic List)

Ticket/Sprint ManagementInternal WikiFile SharingEmailVision – Internally developed Goal/Dashboard System

What tools do you use on your teams? Do you have any questions about the ways to develop a remote workplace at your company? Let us know in the comments below!

This is a very special post by Formstack's CEO Chris Byers. Chris oversees Formstack from his home in Oklahoma City, and our remote team consists of employees living all around the world - from California to Chicago to Poland. If you want to develop a successful remote team, you need the best tools, right? Here is a list of the tools we use extensively at Formstack to maintain culture and productivity in a remote workplace.

AUDIO COMMUNICATION

Phone

Pro: There is no better way to track people down quickly or have high quality communications … it’s the amazing, wonderful, phone!Con: You can’t see people.  They might be frowning.

In-person Meetings

Pro: Smiles, laughs, hugs, ideas, consuming food together, ping pong, banter, strong feelings of team-workCon: Time consuming, expensive (depending on location of participants). Also, the amount of side banter or tangents could leave you feeling productive after an in-person but actually producing very little.

VIDEO COMMUNICATION

GoToMeeting

Pro: Best consistency and quality for group meetingsCon: Slightly expensive and often very cumbersome to operate when attempting screen sharing.

Google Hangout

Pro: Everyone has it these days and it’s free.  It’s also great to run a meeting and immediately publish to YouTube.

Con: Hard to invite people to a meeting and then navigate them to the Hangout because of the bloated “features” they’ve added. Someone from the Google search homepage should help them trim down a bit!

SkypePro: Great for one to one communications and a number of tv’s have it built-in these days.Con: Group communication is bad and it fails/drops calls more than the rest.

TEAM COLLABORATION

DailyStat.us

Pro: Allows you to quickly get a glance of what each member of your team is working on, identify roadblocks and know what’s just been accomplished.  You can even start a Google Hangout and post your status to a number of tools such as Atlassian’s HipChat.Con:  You have to post updates every day to make it useful for your team.

HipChat

Pro: Quickly IM with team members to discuss work or share information.  You can also create groups (ie…Dev Team) where you can go to ask more specific questions or discuss happenings on your individual teams.Con:  The noise created by too many rooms or lots of pings on your screen can kill productivity and reduce your focus quickly.

Other Web-based Tools We Use (Generic List)

Ticket/Sprint ManagementInternal WikiFile SharingEmailVision – Internally developed Goal/Dashboard System

What tools do you use on your teams? Do you have any questions about the ways to develop a remote workplace at your company? Let us know in the comments below!

This is a very special post by Formstack's CEO Chris Byers. Chris oversees Formstack from his home in Oklahoma City, and our remote team consists of employees living all around the world - from California to Chicago to Poland. If you want to develop a successful remote team, you need the best tools, right? Here is a list of the tools we use extensively at Formstack to maintain culture and productivity in a remote workplace.

AUDIO COMMUNICATION

Phone

Pro: There is no better way to track people down quickly or have high quality communications … it’s the amazing, wonderful, phone!Con: You can’t see people.  They might be frowning.

In-person Meetings

Pro: Smiles, laughs, hugs, ideas, consuming food together, ping pong, banter, strong feelings of team-workCon: Time consuming, expensive (depending on location of participants). Also, the amount of side banter or tangents could leave you feeling productive after an in-person but actually producing very little.

VIDEO COMMUNICATION

GoToMeeting

Pro: Best consistency and quality for group meetingsCon: Slightly expensive and often very cumbersome to operate when attempting screen sharing.

Google Hangout

Pro: Everyone has it these days and it’s free.  It’s also great to run a meeting and immediately publish to YouTube.

Con: Hard to invite people to a meeting and then navigate them to the Hangout because of the bloated “features” they’ve added. Someone from the Google search homepage should help them trim down a bit!

SkypePro: Great for one to one communications and a number of tv’s have it built-in these days.Con: Group communication is bad and it fails/drops calls more than the rest.

TEAM COLLABORATION

DailyStat.us

Pro: Allows you to quickly get a glance of what each member of your team is working on, identify roadblocks and know what’s just been accomplished.  You can even start a Google Hangout and post your status to a number of tools such as Atlassian’s HipChat.Con:  You have to post updates every day to make it useful for your team.

HipChat

Pro: Quickly IM with team members to discuss work or share information.  You can also create groups (ie…Dev Team) where you can go to ask more specific questions or discuss happenings on your individual teams.Con:  The noise created by too many rooms or lots of pings on your screen can kill productivity and reduce your focus quickly.

Other Web-based Tools We Use (Generic List)

Ticket/Sprint ManagementInternal WikiFile SharingEmailVision – Internally developed Goal/Dashboard System

What tools do you use on your teams? Do you have any questions about the ways to develop a remote workplace at your company? Let us know in the comments below!

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