So, I’ve heard a little recently about Slack. I’ve heard it’s good for improving communications between and within teams. I’ve heard it’s cut down on the amount of unnecessary or unwanted communications. I’ve also heard that, unless everyone embraces it then it will complicate your working practices and be a huge mistake.
So. what is Slack, and could/should we use it? Slack is ‘team communication for the 21st century‘, or a tool (not an app, although there is an app, and web client, and website) to make you ‘less busy’. Using channels, messages, files, integration with other online systems, etc. this has the potential to de-clutter your working practices, enable a cleaner workflow .. all the stuff that surely we could do with our current systems if we worked at it and used them effectively and efficiently?
So, I ask again. Why Slack? Is this just another tool that, if used badly or half-heartedly, has the potential to make even more of a mess of where we are, than we’ve already made in getting here? Is it that one wonder-tool that we’ve been waiting for to kick us into gear to streamline our efforts, to remove unwanted distractions, and to efficiently work collaboratively?
You know what? I have no idea.
Here are some resources I’ve found, and have found interesting. See what you think:
- Slack is killing email
- Beyond email: could startup Slack change the way you work?
- How E-Mail Killer Slack Will Change the Future of Work
- 7 Reasons Why Slack Team Communication Strengthens Our Business
- We Ditched Email For Slack – Here’s Why You Should Too!
- Slack Vs eMail – written by our friend Joel Mills / @iLearningUK
- Slack: the new way to email at work
And these less-than complementary articles too are still worth reading, trying to find a balance in the slack-or-not debate: