Will Hoffert

Developer for Morley Group

Will Hoffert

Developer for Morley Group

Slack at MG6 min read

Slack: The Pros of Slack in the MG environment

Pros :

  1. Slack provides the ability to create different “channels” within a team to keep conversations separately. This allows us to separate our clients by channel so only the work that pertains to them will be in their channel.
  2. Slack provides the ability to send a direct message to anyone on the team. If you need to ask some a quick question that maybe doesn’t imply to a specific channel you can just directly message them. For Example: “Do you want to grab some lunch?”.
  3. Within Slack, you are able to start a voice call to a single person or host a call and allow multiple people to join. These calls can be useful for holding a virtual meeting, as in our daily standups. Also, Slack provides video calling. If the meeting needs to be more personal like a one on one or connecting more with a client.
  4. Slack allows members of the team to share files. If someone has a document that would be beneficial to the rest of the team, they can upload the file to the specific channel that file belongs for the rest of the team to view.
  5. After starting a Slack call, Slack will let anyone on the call share their screen with everyone else. This ability makes demoing our programs and group code reviews possible.
  6. The pinning feature. If we have an important piece of information, Slack gives us the option to pin it in the channel. This being in a separate viewable list when you enter the channel.
  7. If one of us forgets to pin something important, Slack provides a search tool that can search from specific channels, members, and many other things. Search provides an easy solution to find older information and with the ability to have a detailed search will speed up the process of finding that long lost info.
  8. Many different apps have integrations with Slack. Here at MG, Pivotal Tracker ( our project management software tool that help keeps track of the workflow for each person ) will send  notifications in Slack when a task has been completed. Also, Microsoft has a feature that will send a notification to Slack when an update or change has been made to the code to notify everyone a change has been made.
  9. Being able to tag someone with the @Name in a conversation. If we need to discuss a certain task with someone that the whole team does not addressed on but should be aware of, we can @ThePerson and it will only alert them.
  10. Emojis. When you have had a rough day, Slack can bring a nice smile to your face with the over the top designed emojis……Oh, and you can create your own emojis :thumbsup: