With 5000 people working at the lab, and multiple tools used by various teams, Slack’s flexibility allows NASA JPL to access almost everything from one platform.
Collaborating between teams shouldn’t be rocket science — but sometimes it feels that way. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA’s primary centre for robotic exploration of the solar system, found themselves spending hours each day navigating disparate tools and archives of messages.
Given their mission-critical task of building the software used to control the Mars rover and with a launch planned to explore the red planet in the year 2020, the lab needed a way to bring their agile developer community and set of tools into one central place.
Switching between tools has also been minimized thanks to integrations with GitHub Enterprise, JIRA, Google Hangouts, and Twitter that feed information directly into Slack. Developers share and discuss project status, track and assign bugs, list priorities, and surface industry news, all in Slack, so nothing gets lost.
Building robots that explore the galaxy is complex, but with Slack, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory keeps communication between teams simple.