Slack was launched just three short years ago (August 2013, so happy birthday, Slack!) and in that time it’s become the go-to for remote teams, SMBs, startups, and even some bigger corporations. There have been hundreds of thousands of words written about how Slack has managed to become such an integral part of our workplaces, so I won’t go into that here. What I do want to talk about, though, is the fact that Slack — like email, meetings, and a range of other work-related tools that we’ve all grown to resent — now needs a bit of managing.
Anyone who belongs to one or two teams on Slack knows that it can be a time suck, especially in the beginning or if you have a particularly chatty group on there. As a result, there are third-party companies popping up that help you manage your Slack team. One brand new company doing just that is ReportChef.
ReportChef makes it easy to keep track of what your team is working on, without constant chatter or the dreaded IRL meetings that startups love to hate. The team leader simply creates a group of questions and then chooses which people on the team they want to answer them. ReportChef then takes those questions, reaches out to the team at the specified time, aggregates the results, and then brings them back to the team. They’re also working on a module that will let users track data or events and then share them within Slack, so that all of the information is clear and accessible in one place.
ReportChef was created specifically for teams of six people or more who are working remotely on several projects — but it’s a great tool even if you’re all in-house and a team of 20. Any company needs to track progress and data, right? Why not do it with a tool I’m pretty sure you’re already using anyway?
ReportChef is currently in beta, which is good news for you because it means it’s free — for now. If you’re sick of meetings, sick of 8 million emails, sick of Slack chatter, head on over to their site get early access now.