(List updated: Jun 2015) The following is a list of around 60+ technology tools that you can use to manage your virtual team.
To keep things simple, I’ve categorized the tools into 12 different functional categories.
However, keep in mind that those categories are loosely defined, and one tool can technically belong to more than one category (because of overlapping features and frequent tool updates).
Note: None of the links below are affiliate links, so feel free to click away
1. Collaboration Tools
Tools that help you collaborate with your team through a central hub for sharing information
- Blackboard Collaborate
2. Project Management Tools
Tools that help you manage and plan your projects with your team through task assignments and scheduling
- Microsoft Project
- ONLYOFFICE (was TeamLab)
3. Document Storage/ File Sharing Tools
Tools that help you store and share your files securely among your team
4. Meeting Tools
Tools that help you meet with your team through web conferencing and collaboration
5. High-End Video Conferencing Tools
Tools that allow you to meet with your team through super high definition or real size video conferencing
6. Video & Audio Conferencing Tools
Tools that allow you to meet with your team through video and audio conferencing
7. Instant Messaging Tools
Tools that allow you to chat in real-time with your team members
8. Document Co-creation Tools
Tools that allow you to co-create and co-edit documents or visuals in real-time with your team members
9. Social Network Tools
Tools that allow you to collaborate and interact with your team members through a social network
10. Scheduling Tools
Tools that help you to schedule common meeting times with your team members
11. Virtual Team Games
Virtual team games that help increase trust and enhance communication
- Prelude – a creative game that builds trust in virtual teams
- VirtuWall – a competitive game that helps breaks down silos
12. BONUS – Other Tools
Tools that don’t fit into any of the other categories
- Ganttopia – easy-to-use project timeline templates for your virtual team (disclosure: I own this site! click here to get your first template free)
Hope you found this helpful!
Please contact me to let me know if there are any other tools that I might have missed.