Team building with Slack
October 05, 2016

Team building with Slack

Kira Kaltschmidt , PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Slack

We are using Slack to communicate informally across the project team internally and externally with clients. It breaks down the email wall and allows for conversational communication for quick status or questions. As we have project team members that are spread across the US and the globe, Slack provides a real time connection that makes people feel part of the team.
  • Like the ability to have 1:1 chats with other team members.
  • Like the ability to upload items for easy transfer or reference.
  • Able to have multiple instances. For example, on one project our client owns one and we have a separate internal team instance that the team can use.
  • I have found the left hand navigation is not flexible. I wish I could collapse it so that my Slack Window is easier to tile with other windows on my screen. I have had to zoom out instead.
  • Invaluable tool for team building when parties are remote. In today's world of communication, chat is where team building takes place!
  • Cuts time that employees are spending writing and reading emails. Leave the emails for formal status or direction.
  • Depending on the environment or employee, it can negatively impact focus. In our scenario, these individuals just choose to not be online in Slack all the time.
HipChat is the first chat tool that I learned and still use to this day. I am most comfortable with its interface and the team I use it with is trained to communicate there consistently. Slack was introduced to me later as we expanded into working with other teams within our organization. I have not found too many differences is the features, but I am still working to be as comfortable and knowledgable with the interface.
I think a chat tool like Slack is is always appropriate if you are working with a team of people. It cuts down on email communication and really fits in environments where there the employees are hip to today's Twitter style of interaction. I do find that some team members are less likely to use slack as they feel uncomfortable or are bothered by the interruption it can cause in their work production. As a project manager, I just find the working style of each individual and how they want to interact. If Slack works for the team it is a plus for me - fast way to check in and get an update.

Slack Feature Ratings

Task Management
Not Rated
Gantt Charts
Not Rated
Scheduling
Not Rated
Workflow Automation
Not Rated
Mobile Access
Not Rated
Search
Not Rated
Visual planning tools
Not Rated
Chat
10
Notifications
10
Discussions
10
Surveys
Not Rated
Internal knowledgebase
Not Rated
Integrates with GoToMeeting
Not Rated
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
Not Rated
Integrates with Outlook
Not Rated
Versioning
Not Rated
Video files
Not Rated
Audio files
Not Rated
Document collaboration
Not Rated
Access control
9
Advanced security features
Not Rated
Integrates with Google Drive
Not Rated
Device sync
Not Rated