How to manage Projects using Slack

Written by Gerry Claps, VP of Customer Success at Blossom
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How to manage projects using Slack

As technology enables teams to be distributed around the world (like ours), communication is becoming increasingly critical.

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” — George Bernard Shaw

We use Slack to communicate between team members, but, more importantly, to be aware of what our team is doing. We’ve connected Slack to our agile project management tool, Blossom, and this is how we work.

Slack moves your project with you

Slack Project Messages

We don’t have to keep our agile project management tool open all day. It doesn’t have to be pinned in our browser. And it doesn’t have to be refreshed every 15 minutes.

When something happens, a message shoots through to Slack – blockers, new comments, task assignments, board updates and more.

It’ll go straight to our mobile, desktop, laptop or even smart watch.

We can then action anything relevant to us. It’s also a neat way to stay informed of what happened throughout the day.

Perfect for distributed teams

This is especially useful when working with team members across timezones. They don’t have to write an email about what they’ve done. And you don’t have to check every card in your project management tool to understand what’s happening in your team.

All the information is there for you to access, right in your Slack message history.

One channel, one board

To keep the noise/relevance ratio low, we create a channel for each project board we’re working on.

Slack Channels per Board

If you’re not working on a particular project, this means that you can still see how the project is going, but in your own time. This minimizes irrelevant information flooding your space and maintains the accessibility of project/organization information.

Messages for you and for all

If you’re scared that you’ll be drowning in message notifications, don’t worry. Slack has got you covered.

You can get Slack to notify you when specific words are mentioned.

Slack Notifications

Or decide which notifications (and more!) get into Slack to begin with, from within Blossom itself.

Slack Preferences

So what are you waiting for?

If you want to start painlessly and easily managing projects, start communicating with Slack. And if you can, integrate it with your current project workflow.

You’ll never go back.