Agile Collaboration Tools Review

I recently came across an opportunity to conduct an agile collaboration tools review. I’ll break it into 3 sections since some tools have distinctly different purposes. Tools are ranked from best (#1) to worst (#1+x).agile collaboration tools

1. Video & voice conferencing

#1. Agile collaboration tools review for GoTo Meeting  

is by far the best tool for video and voice conferencing. It has

  • Near HD Audio.
  • HD Video.
  • Screen sharing.
  • Multiple organizers.
  • Mobile App.
  • Dial in # for audio.
  • Mic for audio (you’ll know why this is important when you have wifi but no cell reception).
  • Integration into MS Outlook.
  • Up to 25 participants.
  • Very fair price at $19/mo.
  • Allows you to record sessions.

#2 Agile collaboration tools review for WebEx

comes in as a close second due to its likeness to GoTo meeting but still falls short in a couple important areas.

  • Webex has all the same features as GoTo meeting.
  • It is a little glitchy when joining meetings.
  • Connectivity drops out randomly some times.
  • You can’t change the presenter after the meeting has started unless the other participant has installed webex which isn’t a requirement. Weird and annoying.
  • Its 2x the price of GoTo Meeting at $49/mo for 25 users.

#3 Agile collaboration tools review for joinMe

free version is good for college projects, but without the ability to schedule its unrealistic so I’ll just eval the new paid version.

  • All the same features as GoTo meeting minus near HD Audio & Video.
  • Super high CPU usage makes it difficult to run side by side with other applications which makes screen share useless.
  • Allows you to record sessions.
  • Download a new .exe file every time you start a meeting.
  • Observers must dial in to send audio which is super confusing if your participant wasn’t prepared to dial in. Kind of discourages collaboration instead of encouraging it.
  • $19/mo is competitive with GoTo Meeting as long as you have less than 10 people.
  • Max users is 10 which makes it a little more expensive than WebEx on a per user basis.
  • Connection starts to get laggy after about 4 or 5 people.
  • Overall good product but probably not the best choice due to it’s competitors having just as good or better features for the same price.

#4 Agile collaboration tools review for Google hangouts.

is pretty close to video conferencing software, but not quite.

  • Fairly good video & audio.
  • Connectivity starts to get glitchy after 7+ people join.
  • Screen sharing.
  • Audio via web mic.
  • Multiple presenters.
  • Its possible to add someone to a call but there is no dial in # which might be pretty inconvenient.
  • The best part about hangouts is that it is free as long as you have a Google account.
  • Fun (but distracting) add on’s that allow you to put a pirate hat on with an island background!
  • Can’t share screen and webcam at the same time.

#5 Agile collaboration tools review for Skype

has all the same features of google+ with some differences. Some might call it Skype-. After Microsoft purchased it, it pretty much went down hill.

  • Have to pay for conferencing of more than 2 people.
  • Randomly drops calls.
  • No Call in conference # again makes it difficult to use as a meeting tool.
  • New version doesn’t have screen share. If you are trying to do any type of distributed agile this pretty much eliminates it as a conferencing tool.
  • Its free but limited.

#6 Agile collaboration tools review for Fuze Meeting

has mostly the same features as webex and GoTo Meeting but with set backs in important areas.

  • What the heck is Fuze?
  • Installation is a bit tricky which makes introduction more difficult.
  • UI is not very intuitive.

#7 Agile collaboration tools review for Adobe Connect

After I couldn’t figure out how to create, start, or share a meeting, I gave up and decided this wasn’t the simple solution I was looking for.

I might not be the sharpest tool in the box, but what I know is this is than even I might have to collaborate with even duller people than I!

2. Agile project and/or product tracking.

To be continued…

3. Working collaboratively

To be continued…

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