What Working Group Tools?

What tools do you need for a project?

Published: Thursday, Mar 12, 2020 Last modified: Monday, Jul 15, 2024

When forming a working group between companies, the basic tools needed in order of importance IMHO:

  1. CMS aka where the files (often the “deliverables”) are stored, e.g. Dropbox
  2. Mailing archives – Google Groups is probably the market leader, but then you need to buy into G Suite. I quite like TopicBox
  3. BTS aka Bug tracker – I love Github, but their private repo based solution isn’t really applicable for a project
  4. Chat, for me as an old skool kid, I’d want IRC. But Slack appears to be the market leader right now.

Ok, but what does all four?

If I need an issue tracker and a CMS to along with it. What are my best choices? Can @DropboxBusiness do issue tracking? Can @Jira do CMS for the deliverables?
I do know that @MicrosoftTeams is pretty useless without guests being unable to file search & see when files are updated

— Kai Hendry (@kaihendry) March 12, 2020

SOLUTION Basecamp appears like it ticks most boxes. How do to get the data out or how to make use of its non-standard markup is another question entirely.