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  • 13 Free Tools To Manage Remote Development Teams

    - Christian Kasilag
  • We have been developing Hexicon, our mobile word game, for over two years as an indie, remote team of 3. We have very limited time and money, so the tools we use all have robust free plans, are intuitive and simple, and help us keep our thoughts and communication organized.

    After trying many different tools, we have found a good system that works well for us as we manage and develop our app. We use these 13 free tools on a daily basis, and we hope it gives others a good starting point!

    Project Management

    Slack + Clubhouse + Notion

    Slack is hands down the best project-oriented chat software we have used. Slack is used at many larger, more established companies, but it is still amazing for an indie team of 2 or 3. Conversations are organized by channels to keep content on-topic, and small details can be preserved with the message threading feature during fast-paced discussions. On another note, Slack gives your project a home base away from your other casual chats with friends. This is very important, as it will make you more serious about your project.

    We use Notion to organize project information in a readily findable, intuitive way that works for our team. We store static information that we need to access frequently and quickly, including social media schedules, links to our websites, and other ideas and details about gameplay related systems. We have tried using Notion for task management as well, but we found that it was actually too freeform and didn't help us stay organized.

    Clubhouse turned out to be our favorite solution for project and task management. In Clubhouse, a task is called a "Story," which can be a Feature, Bug, or Chore. This is nicely specific to software development, as everything has fallen into these categories with Hexicon so far.

    • Slack Integration: turn a Slack message into a Clubhouse Story. This has been crucial for creating tasks for bug or design fixes as soon as they are mentioned

    A snapshot of our Clubhouse board. Bugs are highlighted red; yellow are features.

    Honorable Mentions: Airtable is excellent for organizing large lists of contacts or user feedback with images, but it didn't click with us for project management. Trello is also solid for personal task management, but we found Trello cards to be overly versatile for our needs.


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