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How do you collaborate remotely?

Recently at my $dayjob the remote workers were asked what collaboration tools we used to get our work done.  I thought this was a good topic and so I provided the following:

  1. IRC – This is the bread-and-butter tool for communicating with people inside and outside of my team.  If I go more than an hour without looking at IRC there is no telling what I might have missed.
  2. E-mail – Sometimes you need to send a lot of information to one or several people at a time.  I *only* use e-mail when I can’t get someone up on IRC (they are out of the office, they work on the opposite side of the globe, or they don’t use IRC) or have a large amount of information I need to convey.
  3. git – There is nothing like collaborating like knowing everyone is on the same page as you are and you can track changes back.  I write a lot of documentation and it all lives in git.
  4. svn – Like git, svn works well although we are trying to move the last bit of data that lives in svn into git

I think this is a good list but I also wonder what other people use for collaborating remotely.  What do you use?

  1. 2013-09-30 at 11:01 EST

    We use a private Jabber server (openfire) instead of IRC.

    And Google Hangouts for when we need screen sharing or just to add a human touch to the collaboration.

  2. 2013-09-30 at 19:36 EST

    Wiki’s. Etherpad. Hmm…

  3. 2013-10-03 at 14:50 EST

    * Google Hangouts (Invaluable for group meetings)
    * Hipchat (Atlassian version of IRC)
    * Email
    * Atlassian Stash (their version of a git server similar to github)
    * The entire Atlassian suite. (In addition to those mentioned above, Bamboo[build server], Jira[Bug tracker], and Greenhopper[Agile] are particularly useful.)
    * Webex (for corporate meetings or with team members in India where Google Hangouts doesn’t work well).

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