In Symph, it has always been our working aim to make team members work together effectively by making proactive attempts to improve teamwork and collaboration in the workplace.This means applying different brainstorming techniques, and using different tools to build a smarter, more productive environment. 

With the advances in technology, the ways in collaborating with an ever-more diverse and distributed team members has come in so many ways–from productivity platforms to communication apps, we can no longer count the apps we’ve experimented on, but we can list down the ones that have stuck with us effectively for so long.

1. Decision Jam

We always take it as an initiative to give team members the opportunity to shape the culture and environment of your company by sharpening our focus before a big meeting. Decision Jam is a web app we built to make and vote on decisions that matter to us. It’s simple and very easy to use.

Decision Jam encourages solutions-oriented thinking and it helps us sharpen our focus before a big team meeting–where the real collaboration is. Read more about Decision Jam here.

2. Slack

Slack has become a household name as long as internal communication is concerned. Slack is a real-time messaging app and it continues to provide our team a great space to discuss things [personal or professional] freely on their own time.

We love how it also integrates well with many different tools the team is currently using (e.g Trello, Evernote etc.). We also have dedicated channels and private groups to discuss potential clients, projects, team trips, marketing, design, development, DOTA and so on.

We can also share files with our teammates by dragging and dropping them into the right channel without cluttering a teammate’s email inbox.

3. Evernote / Trello / MeisterTask

Keeping each team member in­sync with project goals with crystal clear tasks and timelines is the difference between growth and saturation. And yet, keeping everyone on the same page is another thing easier said than done. 

When it comes to streamlining tasks, we figured there’s not an app that’s a one-size fits all. For our designers, they trust Evernote to keep track of design revisions and their creative notes. Other project teams find Trello the easiest to use, while others prefer MeisterTask. Others, however, rely on manually writing their to-do lists.

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