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Collaboration Tools List

Here's my online collaboration tools list.  It is an ever growing and contracting list.  I'd love to collaborate with you on this list - leave a comment with your best tool.

Tools for collaboration on documents:
http://drive.google.com  Google Docs
http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki
http://sync.in/
http://icloud.com - Apple's Pages, Numbers, KeyNote etc.
http://www.zoho.com/
http://codebunk.com  collaborative platform for online technology interviews (code & run)
http://usecandor.com/ - a better form of brainstorming (removes first in list bias)
http://jsfiddle.net a JavaScript development (IDE) collaboration tool on the web
https://www.hylighter.com/ enables intensive collaboration through a unique color-coding mechanism and linking capability.
https://cocalc.com Collaborative Calculation - sophisticated web service for online computation; batteries included.
http://www.work-visual.com This App exists to help you make your words and ideas visible.

Tools for Agile/Scrum/Lean/Kanban
http://plans-for-retrospectives.com online tool for planning a retrospective's activities
https://www.retrium.com/demo online tool for Scrum Retrospectives with dislocated teams
http://planningpoker.com online tool for playing Planning Poker (works well w/ distributed teams)
https://www.pointingpoker.com another tool for Planning Poker
http://planningwith.cards/ a planning poker plug-in for google Hangouts or HipChat
http://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/tools velocity calculator, theme screening, project success sliders
https://mykanzen.com - a virtual Kanban board
http://www.dotvoting.org/  online dot voting tool
Fifty ways to Improve Stories - MindMap
iObeya Digital Visual Management for Lean & Agile companies

Card Sorting Tools
Conteneo Collaboration Cloud (Innovation Games) - Speedboat, Prune the Product Tree, etc.
Cardboard Story Mapping tool
Retrium a Retrospective tool - virtualization of multiple Retro techniques - great interface

ScatterSpoke - a retro tool with only one activity - along with +1 voting on items
BoardThing - a virtual shared cork board, includes features like grouping into list and dot voting on items

Tools for Drawing on a Whiteboard
Top 50 Business Icons - Whiteboard Wednesday


Tools for audience polling
https://www.polleverywhere.com embed live poll reporting (via text, and web site)

Tools for Tele-presense and Dis-located Teams
Kube - $500 desktop remote presence device
Beam Pro - telepresence robot (starting at $2000)
Zoom - video conference tool (also iPad screen sharing tool)
Team collaboration tool  Squiggle
A tool designed for the distributed team Sococo  a simulated room environment
 
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Tools for Pair Programming and the like
http://duckie.me/  - confessional debugging tool - talk to the duckie
http://cyber-dojo.org - a place to practice programming

Tools for Data Analytics and Dashboards
http://www.domo.com/company/what-is-domo
http://www.tableausoftware.com/products/trial
http://www.screenful.me/tour/ rotating dashboards for wall mounted displays
http://map.ipviking.com live world map of internet attacks


Tools for marking up comments and sharing files:
http://www.bounceapp.com/
http://cageapp.com 
http://www.conceptshare.com/
http://dribbble.com
http://www.framebench.com/  integrating with G+ Hangouts
http://intuitionhq.com
https://beta.mural.ly/
http://www.marqueed.com/
http://noteboxapp.com
http://notableapp.com
http://proofhq.com
http://prevue.it
http://recurseapp.com
http://skitch.com
http://syncpadapp.com
http://www.textflow.com/

Tools for Creative workflow:
http://www.inmotionnow.com

Tools for Inspection and Testing:
http://whatismylocalip.com - find your local & public IP address
http://www.whatismyscreenresolution.com Inspect your browser's resolution

Tools for web site markup and critique:
http://www.conceptfeedback.com/
http://critiquethesite.com/
http://fivesecondtest.com/
http://www.pleasecritiqueme.com/

Tools for web site interaction simulation:
http://slowyapp.com/  - bandwidth limiter (how does a slow connection preceive your site?)

Tools for social usability testing web sites:
http://feedbackarmy.com/
http://www.usertesting.com/
https://usabilla.com/

Developer Tools
An article: 50 "best" Resource When Learning to Code - I hate the phrase "# best"; it's so WRONG.
http://stackshare.io/  Learn about the tech stack behind some of the world's best software companies.
https://github.com/  Powerful collaboration, code review, and code management for open source and private projects.
https://resources.codeship.com/ Don't waste time maintaining your local CI server. Let Codeship take care of testing and deploying your apps.

Tools for Paper Prototyping - Mock ups - Wireframes:
http://invisionapp.com/
http://www.infragistics.com/products/indigo-studio/
http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/sketchflow/
http://www.storyboardthat.com/
http://www.balsamiq.com/
http://www.axure.com  prototype web sites & apps
http://www.uxpin.com design is about solving problems
https://moqups.com
http://www.mockflow.com

Timezone, Date Calculator etc.
http://www.timeanddate.com
https://www.followupthen.com/  email reminder service; Ex:  everyFeb14@followupthen.com
http://whenisgood.net/  schedule meetings - find the best time

Online Whiteboards:
http://www.scribblar.com/
http://www.ideaboardz.com
http://en.linoit.com
RealtimeBoard.com Whiteboard. Designed for team collaboration.  Keep everybody in your team on the same page.


Mail Tools
TinyLetter - personal elegant way for people to send letters to their friends, fans and followers.
http://www.mail2cloud.io/ - strips email attachments and versions them in cloud storage

Mind Mapping Online:
http://www.mindmeister.com/
mind mapping the Hashtag universe:  http://hashtagify.me/hashtag/agilegames

Online Screen Sharing:
http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/
https://join.me/
http://screenhero.com


21st Century Presentation Tools:
Haiku Deck :: Beautiful Presentations without the Struggle
Haiku Deck is the easiest way to create an amazing presentation on the web, iPad, or iPhone.


Group Task Management:
http://asana.com/
http://basecamp.com/
http://leankit.com/
http://www.mindjet.com/
http://www.producteev.com/
https://seenowdo.com/
http://teambox.com/
https://trello.com/
https://www.teamwork.com
http://www.pivotaltracker.com/

Social Media Management Tools:
http://hootsuite.com/
http://mediafunnel.com/

Enterprise Social Networks:
http://campfirenow.com/
http://www.huddle.com/
http://www.jivesoftware.com/social-business/platform/
http://www.yammer.com/
http://www.flowdock.com/

Social Media Presence - Online Resume - Personal Landing Page
http://about.me - a personal landing page
http://flavors.me/ - a unified web presence landing page
http://sumry.in - resume building service - online
http://vizualize.me/ - partnered with LinkedIN to provide visualization of your profile
http://re.vu/  - not just a visual resume; may link to your traditional resume
http://www.enthuse.me/ - online marketing of yourself
https://www.accredible.com/ - add credibility to your course work or portfolio

Organization Chart tools:
PingBoard - org chart


Data Visualization Tools:
https://developers.google.com/chart/
http://visual.ly/
http://www.worldmapper.org/index.html view a world map scaled by global aspects (GDP, etc.)
http://keen.github.io/dashboards/ a tool set for creating Dashboards

Online Learning Centers
http://www.lynda.com/
http://www.grovo.com/
http://www.skilledup.com/
http://teamtreehouse.com/
https://degreed.com/ - Jailbreaking the College Degree - track learning because ( education != learning )
https://www.udemy.com/
http://www.industriallogic.com/elearning/
http://itunes.stanford.edu/
https://www.class-central.com/university/stanford - MOOC
https://www.codeschool.com/  Learn by Doing:  Ruby, Rails, jQuery, AngularJS, etc
https://www.codingame.com/  Practice your coding skills with multiplayer programming games


Not on the list - add a comment with your favorite tool for collaboration.

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Comments

Dan Ebert said…
http://linoit.com is a good virtual sticky board. I've used it for retrospectives, story mapping, and sprint backlogs to name a few.
David Koontz said…
Thanks Dan I haven't seen that, looks like it may replace the old site CardMeeting.com. I'll have to give it a try.
Hoyle Koontz said…
Couple of tools we use:
Moqups - wireframing tool - https://moqups.com
MockFlow - wireframing tool - http://www.mockflow.com/
TeamWork PM - project management alternative to BaseCamp - http://www.teamworkpm.net/
D. DiCristo said…
Great list David. Volerro is a fairly comprehensive content collaboration platform, great for docs, PDFs, URLs, Video, Audio and other file types. Very intuitive, great annotation and social collaboration features, and cloud-based. http://www.volerro.com.

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