Communication and development tools of successful remote projects
As experts in software engineering for 8 years, we’ve always realized our projects for our customers remotely.
Our offshore teams carry out development work in Vietnam, Mauritius and Madagascar. As such, we have a lot of experience to share regarding the types of tools you should use for remote-based IT development projects.
No.1 Having the right tools
When developing digital solutions – web applications, mobile applications or software – choosing the right tools is crucial to the success of your project.
By having the right tools, you’ll be able quickly reach a range of important goals. They will make it easier for you to:
- Accelerate development speed and reduce your time to market,
- Create quality products: developing rapidly but not at the expense of software quality,
- Monitor the progress of the project: better visibility will come with improved project management.
No.2 Using good communication tools to make remote work fluid and above all productive
Good communication means an easily reachable team and quick access to information and working documents, etc.
At Bocasay, our teams communicate mainly via the Slack tool. We use it for most of our clients’ projects and our experience has convinced us of its performance and effectiveness.
Slack – a unique space for discussion and transparency on the progress of projects
Slack is a platform whose mission is to facilitate exchanges between team members. Slack allows employees to communicate with each other in a natural way via organized conversation channels.
You can send messages and share files in newsgroups, and the exchange history can be viewed and accessed very easily. The interface is ergonomic and the interface and appearance is customizable to everyone’s tastes.
Another advantage of Slack is that it offers the possibility of connecting work applications directly into the conversation channels. Some that are worth mentioning, among others, are:
- Jira Cloud,
- Jenkins CI,
- Google Drive,
In this way, Slack can become a single workspace that centralizes access to numerous work tools from a single platform. Conversations are transformed into collective knowledge.
There are many other communication tools equivalent to Slack. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the best known: Monday.com, Microsoft teams, Zoho Cliq, Workplace, Skype etc.
No.3 Work with high-performance development tools
These are the tools that we’ve adopted on most of our projects, and which have given us great results.
To manage code versions, we recommend the essential GitHub tool. GitHub is a very popular platform in the developer community, and for good reason. The majority of our development projects are managed with this tool; the proposed branch system is very efficient.
GitHub allows you to parallelize several versions of the same project to manage the fact that several developers might be coding on the same project. The tool can even indicate in what context the previous modifications were made years later.
Regarding automated code reviews, and testing practices before deployment to production, we suggest using Jenkins. For the realization of your Test Driven Development (TDD), Jenkins is really one of the best tools for mature and stable continuous integration. Our teams use it to deliver software continuously using a variety of deployment and testing tools.
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