Move your next project into a channel

Bring the right people together in channels to share ideas, make decisions, and move work forward with a common purpose and place

Want to see what work looks like when teams shift conversations and files into Slack channels? Watch the video to find out, then use our guide to move your next project into a dedicated channel and learn how to keep your team’s information organized in one central spot.

 

Step 1: Create a channel and add key info

Every project should have a dedicated channel in Slack. Let’s say you’re working on a project that involves a number of people inside the organization. You’d start by creating a new channel using the prefix #project-.

Creating a channel in Slack

Before you invite the rest of your team, you’ll want to equip the channel with key information.

  • Post a welcome message to the channel. Describe the goals of the project and include a rough timeline of how long you expect it to take.
  • Upload key files, like project briefs or design guidelines, to help everyone see the scope of the work ahead.
  • Update the channel topic at the top to reflect the current status of the project. For example, “Gearing up for our kickoff meeting on January 28th”.

Welcome message in a Slack channel

Step 2: Add teammates and set expectations

Now that your channel is properly outfitted with important information, it’s time to add your teammates. When the whole team is brought into the project channel, everything is in one convenient place, rather than locked away in the inboxes of a select few.Adding teammates to a Slack channel

You’ll want to ask everyone working on the project to stick to Slack for communication. The example below calls out a few items that can move from email to your new project channel instead.

Message setting expectations in a Slack channel

Step 3: Coordinate and execute tasks

Once your team is set up in the new channel, here are some ways you can use it to keep your project organized and moving forward.

  • Use the @ symbol to mention someone if you have a question or need something approved.

Adding a mention to a message in a Slack channel

  • Gather votes using emoji reactions to get the team’s input before making a decision.
Using emojis to gather votes for a poll
  • Use Workflow Builder to schedule regular check-ins for the team to share what they’re working on.

Running weekly check-ins using Workflow Builder

Learn more

When project work happens in Slack, teams can work together more transparently: everyone in a project channel sees the same messages and information, helping people stay on the same page.

And projects are just one way to work in channels — they can also be dedicated homes for other team communication, social topics, or even collaboration with outside organizations.

To learn more about getting started and using Slack, or for more tips and tools, visit the Help Center.

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