Everyone has heard of Slack (unless you live under a rock). It has changed the way we communicate and interact. We don’t have to spend hours combing through long email threads to find that crucial information. Slack channels make it easy to find what we want, faster. It’s not just a messaging platform, the Slack App Directory is abuzz with apps that can help you find bits of information quicker, streamline workplace communication, solve problems with ease and just stay on top of everything. Collaboration, project management and fun, Slack handles it all. We have bundled together some of the best productivity apps and team apps that can make your workplace a productivity powerhouse. Dig in, and get things done faster and easier!
1. Google Hangouts App - The Best Communication App for your Team
The Hangouts App from Google allows you to start a hangout with anyone in your channel. You can start a video call right from Slack by using a simple command /hangouts. You don’t just have to stick to instant messaging. You can have an in-person conversation with little planning. Send an invite to everyone within the channel.They can join the call by clicking on the link from within Slack.
2. Tettra - A simple Wiki for Effective Project Management
Tettra for slack provides a way to centralize, organize and share information that is relevant to your team’s work. It works as a knowledge management app from within Slack. You can create a central hub of information for your team. You can save employee handbooks, marketing best practices, coding guidelines and reimbursement procedures. You can search Tettra pages, request new information and keep content updated. There is a slew of easy commands to help you accomplish these tasks. Tettra is priced at $50 per month for their basic plan.
3. MeetNotes - Run Great Meetings and Manage Team Tasks
MeetNotes is the perfect collaboration platform to run scrum, agile, stand up, one on one or SWOT meetings, managing team tasks and collaboration. The MeetNotes slackbot helps teams run productive meetings where work gets done. Meeting reminders prompt you to add an agenda an hour before the meeting. It’s easy to keep everyone in the loop by sharing meeting notes on a channel you choose.You can send important discussion items for your next meeting from right within slack. Once the meeting is over, MeetNotes allows you to instantly gather feedback about how the meeting went. MeetNotes is priced at $30 for a team of 5 billed monthly.
4. Trello - Task Manager and Collaboration Tool
Organizing projects and collaborating with your team becomes fun and rewarding with Trello . This productivity app provides a visual summary of everything involved in your project. The Trello app for slack allows seamless communication between the two apps. You can :
- Add new Trello cards from Slack with /trello add
- Join Trello cards and update information such as due dates. You can also add conversations. Slack team members can be added in one click to trello team and boards. The Trello business class is priced at $9.99 per user/month.
5. Statsbot - Monitor the Most Important Metrics
The easiest way to measure success is to set up performance metrics. Statsbot helps you track metrics from Google Analytics, New Relic, or Mixpanel. If you are looking for a particular metric, you can ask Statsbot and you view it immediately. You don’t have to open the analytics tool and search for the relevant metric. Statsbot also alerts about data spikes.You can request any number of reports and metrics. This is a revolutionary way to analyze data from your Slack chat window. Their basic plan is free.
6. TomatoBot - Boost Productivity with the Pomodoro Technique
The best productivity apps are based on the Pomodoro technique. This technique advocates working for 25 minutes followed by a 5-minute break. Tomatobot monitors your work time and breaks. Once you start work, just type in /startwork and you will be notified when it’s time for a break. You can also keep distractions at bay and focus on work with the /distraction command.
7. Invision - Design Collaboration Made Easy
Project management and design communication are easy and efficient with the Invision app for slack . Changes made within InVision projects such as screen changes, comments and status of the project are automatically synced with Slack. Design review is easy with instant notifications, change previews and adding comments. This results in quicker feedback and faster project turnaround times. The starter plan is priced at $13/ month.
8. Zapier - Work Smarter and Faster
Zapier eliminates manual work and helps teams work smart. Zapier integrations connects Slack with more than 1000 apps including everything from project management, collaboration tools to communication apps. According to the Zapier listing in the slack app directory, here are the things you can do:
- Move important tasks out of Slack and into a project management app.
- Form responses from contact and registration forms can be viewed from a Slack channel.
- Check for new assigned tasks in a project management app (every hour, day, week) and send yourself a DM with a list of new tasks. Zapier’s work plan starts at $20/month and their team plans start at $250/month.
9. Google Calendar App - Never Miss Another Meeting
You will never miss another meeting with the Google Calendar app for slack. Slack integrates with Google calendar to allow calendars from multiple Google accounts to post on the channel or even send a private message. You can set custom reminders before an event starts.You will also receive a daily and weekly summary of scheduled events. If a meeting has been moved up or the location has been changed, you will instantly be notified.
10. PaperBot - Create a Links Database
Teams share thousands of links every week. Paperbot compiles all of these links and creates an incredible information resource. Your team can access the links on the web, from the app or even through an email summary. It also filters out all the useless links and keeps only the most relevant ones.
Add these Slack Apps
There are scores of apps and chatbots waiting to be discovered. Go ahead add a few of these bots. Let us know if it makes your teamwork more productive and collaboration even more fun.