With the world on lockdown, there's no question that many of us are working from home. But, I challenge you to take a look at your current work-from-home workflow. How has your company handled the transition? When I take a look at our transition here at Isos, I literally noticed no differences in my workflow because of the Covid-19 pandemic. But why? I don't say this to brag at how strong our company is with remote work, because honestly without the proper tooling, we easily could have fallen apart like thousands of other businesses across the globe have.
Now referring to "proper tooling" with no context is very broad, so I want to get into my favorite tools that I use on a daily basis here at Isos and give some quick insight into why they are helping me in these unprecedented times.
First and foremost, we have Jira. For me, Jira is more than just a project management tool; it is my work. As a Software Development Intern, I am given tickets from a range of people in our organization. Due to the wrench Covid-19 has thrown into scheduling, Jira has really allowed me to stay on top of my work, even without having to meet with my direct supervisor on any given task. I am able to hop on each and every day, see the tickets I need to work on, and my supervisors keep the descriptions detailed with information on how to go about the given task. Obviously, this is pretty basic stuff, but having all of this information in one space, so that I can quickly access it is probably one of Jira's simplest, yet strongest features.
As a software team, it is essential to have a Version-Control Repository Management (Git) tool. But one of the best features of Bitbucket is its integration with Jira; this allows me to directly correlate a project with a ticket, speeding up my workflow, and ultimately allowing me to focus on work, more than seeing what to work on. Also, another strong feature that Bitbucket is always helping me with is searching. We have a lot of tools and apps here at Isos, and while I'm working on a new piece of a project, I am often able to quickly search up a piece of code in our repository that I can read and implement in the task I'm working on. This works so well because Bitbucket will not only search for things like variable names, but it will actually use your query to look for syntax that matches your search—ultimately speeding up time on development.
This one can almost explain itself, but Slack and Zoom are vital tools in our company. These allow us to meet and collaborate in a very quick and personal way. Pairing communication tools like Slack and Zoom with our other tools really keep our team fully cohesive and productive. I love that I can quickly reach out to anyone on my team and get a nearly instant response with Slack. Plus, we employ many bots in our Slack instance that link into our Atlassian tools to keep our team fully updated. Zoom also allows us to schedule weekly meetings to catch each other up on our work and stay ahead of the tasks at hand. My supervisors often make me aware of tickets that need to be addressed and how to prepare for upcoming tickets.
A talented carpenter with no tools is nearly useless, much like a talented team without the proper tools is useless. These are just a few, out of the almost endless list of examples of how our tools keep us informed, connected, and productive.