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Team Cooperation Tools in Software Development

Oct 27, 2014 by Petr Kudlacek | Post a Comment

The nice thing about the Internet and "the cloud" is that you can have a fully cooperative team and they no longer need to be in the same room. Today, we will look at important team cooperation tools such as task/issue trackers, voice/video communication, desktop sharing solutions for remote support, document exchange and source code storage tools that can help your distant team work as one.

 

 

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Bug Trackers

 

As the code is being written, it is possible for bugs to rear their ugly heads. Bug trackers are available to help with catching these problems the instant they are made.

 

The lines of communication make it possible for more than one member of the cooperative software development team to discover the bug. By finding the problem and communicating it to those who are writing the code, it is possible to fix the few lines of code that are incorrect. Compare this to combing through lines of code, or receiving ambiguous messages about the problem from a debugger.

 

When you use bug tracking software, the entire team can monitor the types of bugs that are appearing. This makes it easy to overcome what could potentially be a huge problem.

Several issue trackers are already in existence, including: Bugzilla, Mantis, BugTracker.NET, Flyspray, Redmine, Bug-Track, and Bugzero. Jira is another popular option that provides issue tracking, project tracking, code integration as well as document sharing. It provides a number of solutions required for software development in one package.

 

While each team using these different trackers will swear by one or more of the different types, none of them are truly better than the other. They all have their advantages and disadvantages that make them worth checking out to see if they will work best for your particular team. Additionally, all function to serve the Agile process providing the issue tracking portion of this project management methodology.

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Voice/Video Communication

 

Your cooperative software development team may not be sitting next to each other, but they can communicate like they are! We can write code while seamlessly talking to one another using video chat.

 

Make sure any communication tool used has encryption built in. We have identified unsecured communication as a huge risk and you cannot afford to take that risk.

 

Document Exchange

 

Programs such as Dropbox were just the beginning of our ability to share documents and store information "in the cloud." As anyone in the team saves a document, it is ready to be shared with the rest of the team. Used properly, document exchange is a fast and effective way to provide every member of the team with the most up to date information.

Encryption software protects files as they are uploaded. Only the other members of the team will have the cypher for viewing files. We feel this makes your software development private even while sharing documents through the cloud.

 

You are protected from anyone gaining access to the documents just because they gain access to the document exchange software online. Separate programs are available to protect against the possibility this will happen. These include: Kruptos, AutoKrypt, Privacy Drive, TrueCrypt and more. Make sure every member of your team has the software and use it every time a document is being shared to increase security.

 

Dropbox is not the only method for cloud sharing. You can also use SpiderOak, Google Drive, Copy, and BitTorrent Sync for better security.

 

Source Code Storage

 

Your development team may desire to use source code storage when making changes to the source code itself. You don't want to lose that great code just to make a simple change do you? Did you save everything? Source code storage can protect the team against any accidental deletions or missteps.

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By storing all of the source code as it is being worked on, you have a fallback plan in case there is an issue. Even if there have been changes in the code that are veering the software away from the intended purpose, it is possible to go back in the history of the source code storage to find a version that was on point and redevelop from this point.

Protecting your source code shows the path that the code went through to get to the finished product. It is possible to look over the code development after the software is launched to discover what went wrong, what can be improved and what should be duplicated in the future when developing similar software.

 

Make sure to study the information in source code storage. You may identify shocking inefficiencies, or examples of progress the rest of the team can emulate. We suggest reviewing the storage files even as the software is being developed.

 

Desktop Sharing Solutions

 

Desktop sharing offers a number of benefits to the software development process. Considering that many clients are not going to be on site for development, desktop sharing allows for teams to communicate virtually and provide demonstrations remotely. These programs also allow for remote support, which allows the team to correct any issues by controlling the client's desktop. Furthermore, desktop sharing allows for real-time collaboration with multimedia-rich communications including audio and video.

Skype is an excellent service because it actually includes the ability to share desktops while also providing conference and video call abilities. Other excellent solutions are TeamViewer, Netviewer and Nefsis.

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