Improve your Team Communication and Collaboration

How Can you Make your Team Communication and Collaboration More Efficient?

For me, team communication and collaboration are key.

Use Slack!

What I recommend, from experience and is a pleasure to use is Slack.

What are the Benefits of using this Tool?

It allows you to create specific channels, so in my case we created a general chat, then specific chats for projects we were working on. My developers used it, QA used it and even my business team used it. Practically anyone who was a stakeholder, or wanted to know about the project could subscribe to the channel regarding that particular project.

  • Its an easy way to keep everyone in the loop, and not spam with useless information or even forget to update people who need to be.
  • It replaced horrible email threads and group Skype chats.
  • It provides you with a full audit history of the chat, so if you have new people joining your team, they join Slack and have full searchable history.
  • You can archive the channels, so if your project is over — archive it and the best thing its still searchable!
  • The amount of integrations you can have is ridiculously good.

Integrations with Slack

Let me continue on that last point.

  • Jenkins — if you use Jenkins for your automated testing, each time a test fails for example you can receive an alert in a Slack channel.
  • Google Hangouts — you can easily initiate a voice or video call with everyone subscribed to the channel with a simple ‘/hangouts’ command in the chat box.
  • Visual Studio — if you work with visual studio, you could receive updates each time someone checks in or merges code.

Summary

If you have any kind of communication or collaboration issues, or want to consolidate all your information, I seriously recommend you check out Slack. Even if you think you have it nailed…. take a look anyway.

About the Author

Ashley-Christian Hardy
theproducthub.io

Product leader. A strong advocate in innovation, experimentation and building great products with the use of qualitative and quantitative research.

Product leader. A strong advocate in innovation, experimentation and building great products with the use of qualitative and quantitative research.