Slack for project management
Slack helps project managers run projects quickly without compromising quality. Learn how you can use Slack to keep your entire project team (and stakeholders) in the loop at all times — without overloading them with emails and meetings.
BenefitsUsing Slack for project management, you can:
- Organize all your communication in one place to make information easily accessible.
- Efficiently onboard new project team members.
- Give status updates on important milestones and document next steps so that the right people are always up to date.
- Share project artifacts, files, and deliverables to get feedback quickly, so that you can continue to track against deadlines.
Tips for using Slack
Set up and organize channels for specific projects
Create a public channel for each project to group the right people and information together for faster decision making.
Use consistent channel naming guidelines (e.g. project-apple, project-banana, etc.) to keep your channels organized.
Pin important messages and files (e.g. project briefs, designs, specs) so it’s easy for anyone to join and quickly get up to speed.
Connect your project management tools and automate processes
If you use project management software like Asana or Trello, you can easily integrate them with Slack to get notifications directly within your project channel. This means less context switching between different tools and windows.
Put Slackbot to work! Automate project status updates by asking Slackbot to /remind you (or your team) to share what they’re working on as well as any potential blockers to keep your project moving.
Share meeting notes and next steps in project channels
Share regular updates and meeting notes in a standard format so they’re easy to scan.
Use @-mentions to notify team members and User Groups of important updates and ask them to confirm receipt with emoji reactions.
Use checkboxes in posts to assign and track action items. Allow others to edit your post so they can record when their action items are complete.
Share files and get feedback quickly all in one place
Share documents that need input or approval and get the right people involved. Comments are threaded so all feedback stays attached to the original document.
Connect Slack with file sharing services like Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive so your team always has the most recent version of any file. Your original sharing preferences are preserved so you can share without compromising security.
Expedia’s UX team uses Slack to collaborate across their different pods, organized by business line. Slack helps boost transparency between pods and makes it easier to solve design challenges by learning from what other teams are working on. Expedia also integrated tools like Invision App and Relay to easily share and get feedback on files all within Slack.
EA uses Slack to design, build, and launch their games. They created a custom bot that reports on completed projects and creates a searchable database of all projects any specific team member worked on during a given period. Learn more about custom bots and integrations here.
Slack apps for project management
Trello is a collaborative task and project management service that uses Lists and Cards to organize team projects. Receive updates right in Slack when activity occurs on projects you’re tracking.
Explore more apps for project management in our App Directory.