My Favorite Tools for Distributed Teams
Think Witty (*FREE*)
Hosts a ton of various brain teasers and puzzles to help inject a little fun into the team (ie: Zebra Puzzle). Works best when prizes are awarded.
Miro or Mural
Online whiteboard for remote team collaboration. These tools are incredibly useful for Image only retrospectives, kudos board, release superstar, Sprint / PI planning, brainstorming, bullseye game, team agreements etc. Pretty much anything you can imagine!
16 Personalities (*FREE*)
Personality Test which describes who you are and why you do things the way you do. This is a fun way to learn more about your colleagues. *Tip! Visibly post your characters in a shared space for easy accessibility.
Tool for easy brainstorming, voting, decision making, crowdsourcing and idea generation such as deciding on team names, team events, logos etc.
Best for randomly ordering lists to help choose volunteers for team demo’s, support rotation or meeting facilitator. This is a fantastic resource when facing team reluctance.
Online Stopwatch (*FREE*)
Keep track of time during sprint demos, tight agendas or refinement/grooming session with this easy to use stopwatch.
Google Earth (*FREE*)
Explore the globe with a swipe of your finger. You’ll never have to travel again! This is the sweetest tool for showing off your neighborhood / favorite coffee shop / most loved park to your global colleagues and vice versa.
A collaboration hub where you can Communicate efficiently, stay connected, and get things done faster. Slack is fantastic for connecting with your colleagues, sharing photos/links/news etc (bloopers page).
Wheel Decide (*FREE*)
Online spinner tool to create your own digital wheels for decisions, prize giveaways, raffles and games. My wheel consists of a series of questions aimed at getting to know each other.