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#700 Re: There's an app for that?
April 14, 2021, 01:54:04 pm
I've used it for all work communication for the last 5 years or so. I think generally you would choose to use either slack or teams. But it sounds like your company doesn't really use the direct messaging functionality of Teams and instead just uses it for video meetings?

In the companies I have worked in - we don't use email at all internally and all communication happens in channels in slack. It's great for collaboration - but the nature of the medium (much like this forum) is that useful information disappears in a flurry of messages and you'd be better off using collaborative tools like confluence or other wiki software for any long lived knowledge sharing.

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#701 Re: There's an app for that?
April 14, 2021, 01:58:50 pm
One sort of nice thing about teams is that it has wikis built in to the teams. It isnt the nices thing to use though. Slack was used at my previous place, but wasnt much use to me and just seemed to duplicate existing functionality (messaging etc.).

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#702 Re: There's an app for that?
April 15, 2021, 11:20:18 am
Thanks for the input all! I hadn't heard of Discord either.

I've used it for all work communication for the last 5 years or so. I think generally you would choose to use either slack or teams. But it sounds like your company doesn't really use the direct messaging functionality of Teams and instead just uses it for video meetings?

Correct. I moved from a much larger consultancy who adopted Lync, Skype for Business then Teams really early on and it gave them a huge competitive edge due to the ability to communicate with technical expertise all over the globe.

I find it pretty frustrating that I can't drop someone a quick IM. People actively log out of Teams in our business and suggest others call them on their mobile (with a gleeful twinkle in their eye) so I can see full adoption being somewhat difficult!

What I can see it being used for is sharing stuff within the industry like when things have gone wrong (or right, but mostly wrong) and new ways of simplifying our output (yesterday for instance I was able to use an existing Excel sheet we use regularly with =index() and a data table to do several hundred of the same calculations and the output is really visual, basically a heat map of pass/fail checks across a site). I can't see it ever going in the direction of full Wiki like content as we've got codes, standards and supplier literature coming out of our ears! Likewise, we've got a significant amount of past projects and it's easy enough to find one that's similar and start from that.

Dir. 1 thinks the Teams interface is dull. He seems to be wowed by Slack.

I don't use it but when I thought that it looks remarkably like the interface of Discord it turns out it is. Basically just a more "business" version of it. Might be worth trying Discord as it's free depending on your size.

We're small: 3 Dirs. 1 Associate Dir., 1 Principal, 2 Engineers, 1 (very) PT assistant, and are looking for 2 more (Engineers).

 

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