Before getting into standups itself, let's understand a bit about async. In simple terms, asynchronous communication is communication that does not take place in real-time. Or when you don’t need the other person to be online. Think emails. Asynchronous communication typically involves long-form writing or conversations and is the most recommended form of communication for remote teams.

If you need not respond immediately to your co-worker’s query, that's asynchronous communication. You can check out this link to get a precise understanding of the difference between synchronous and asynchronous communication and its relevance to remote teams.

tools for standups

What has asynchronous communication got to do with standups for remote teams?

Unlike co-located teams, remote teams do not assemble at one place during standup meets. They require a basic setup/ tools to initiate communication. This process of consistently setting up the apt mode to communicate with the team is what makes the communication asynchronous.

Let us discuss some of the common themes observed around standup meetings:

  • Team members provide daily updates - Whether the team is remote or co-located, this is an activity which is common for both.
  • Caring for differences in time-zones - Remote teams often face the challenge of conducting standups taking into account the different time zones of the members.
  • Using File sharing/ Screen sharing functionality - For providing live demo/ updates
  • to the team leads, it is often required to share files or screenshots or even share your screen during the standup.
  • Short duration - Usually, standups are meant to be a quick run-through meet with a clear agenda.

Just as a pun, in a blog on Atlassian, standup meetings are referred as “The easiest meeting you’ll never sleep through”

Given the simple nature of standup meetings, there is a wide range of tools designed to improve your experience and provide the required features to encourage collaboration. What are these, you ask?

  • Automate standups using tools such as Status Hero and GeekBot
  • Share updates in the form of stories, commonly used in social media such as Instagram and Facebook. You can check out Standups for this!
  • Reports and analytics derived from tools already being used by your team such as Slack, Trello, and Jira.

We have carefully curated tools that can be used for standup meetings for distributed teams below :))

Standups:DailyBot - Logo
DailyBot organizes standup meetings, tracks your team motivation, and provides you with a work history dashboard saving you and your team valuable time. Hire DailyBot for free by adding him to your Slack or Hangouts Chat.
Standups:Geekbot - Logo
Join thousands of teams that use Geekbot to automate standups, surveys, and daily reports.
Standups:Olaph - Logo
Create stand-ups inside of Slack for FREE!
Standups:Neo - Logo
Neo is a meeting workspaces platform for remote teams. With Neo, you can create agenda points before the meeting, take notes during the meeting and assign action items for follow up after the meeting
Standups:WhatGotDone - Logo
Sync with your remote team with simple, weekly work summaries.
Standups:Status Hero - Logo
Automated standups, reports, and insights. Status Hero integrates with your existing tools and automatically includes activity from Jira, GitHub, and other apps, making status updates quick and simple for your team. Use with Slack, email, or SMS.
Standups:Standups - Logo
The stories format has taken over social media and we translated the idea to the enterprise world.
Standups:I Done This - Logo
I Done This's easy daily check-ins and progress reports makes running effective and productive teams easy.
Standups:Tatsu - Logo
Tatsu is a Slack app that helps a team conduct asynchronous, remote standup meetings.
Standups:Range App for Slack - Logo
Save time and keep your team connected, no matter where they're working, with the Range app for Slack. Easily attach work from GitHub, GitLab, Asana, Jira, Trello, Google Docs and more
Standups:Jell - Logo
Jell is one platform for daily standups, team check ins, and OKRs. Keeps everyone in sync on Slack.
Standups:Armadill - Logo
Armadill combines the best parts of Kanban workflow (top 3 priorities for each day) with automatic daily standups in order to provide remote teams with a transparent work structure
Standups:Flowist - Logo
Flowist provides a simple view of your teammates daily tasks, helps you share important announcements, and helps everyone feel a bit more connected during this new normal
Organizes stand-up meetings and provides a work history dashboard.
Automate standups, surveys, and daily reports
Create stand-ups inside of Slack for FREE!
Meeting workspaces for remote teams
Simple, lightweight alternative to team status meetings
Automated standups, reports, and insights
Share video and voice progress updates with your team
A Slack App for your standup meetings
Email-enabled daily work tracker for remote distributed teams.
A Slack app that helps teams conduct remote stand-up meetings.
Run your team Check-ins with Slack
One platform for daily stand-ups, team check ins, and OKRs.
Remote work reporting software
Simple team progress tracking for remote teams