SLACK is Where It's At!
I think there three primary obstacles with project management. Communication, Resource Sharing and Organization are the vital organs of project management and until recently we solved using an array of solutions.
SLACK fell into my lap about nine months ago when a client insisted we use it as a primary communication platform for a project.
In the current digital age the jungle of tools available makes it hard to find the best solution or solutions amongst all the noise.
I have to admit after littering our desktops with GotoMeeting, Skype, WebX, Evernote, Dropbox and Google’s G Suite tools, adding any more to the arsenal seemed insane but I went along none the less. All our web design and development projects were scattered all over the place on different platforms.
About 2 weeks after I purchased 3 seats / slack licenses at $8 a month after really experiencing an immense improvement with our collaboration and productivity stream. Almost all the tools we could not live without previously where nicely rolled up into a ball and streamlined into this socially influenced environment. Tools that we just had to hang on to, like Adobe CC and G Suite could plug right into it making the transition far from painful.
The folders became channels and resources became posts, the project process had a life of its own while allowing our staff to be connected and engage socially in the process. If we really needed someone from outside of our team to participate Slack allows you to have 1 channel guests without a license. Slack also appears to have relatively limitless file and data space for those of you worrying about quotas. It's honestly something that needs to be experienced rather than blogged about.
All I know is one day there was SLACK the next I didn't think we could move forward without it. SLACK's bots and integrations seem to be added to and upgraded constantly, so sharing / moving resources from Google Drive, Dropbox and our file server was not a problem. Everything is dynamically searchable, if you are used to using Evernote how you find information is very similar but with a real-time collaborative twist.
The SLACK mobile application keeps our team updated real-time on the go while giving everyone involved a sense of where everyone is with project problems and milestones. Calendars, reminders and appointments are also built in to keep the team on point. Previewing video, designs and other media have been implemented as well. Yes, you could say I am a SLACKER at this point. I give SLACK 5 stars for one of the best tools that have improved our business this year. Like all software, it has its pros and cons but I would really recommend giving it a shot, especially if your business depends on strong collaboration. I would have jumped on this sooner if I was properly motivated.
SLACK away people!