No longer is it a special case for companies and their teams to find themselves in a meeting with participants who aren’t sitting (or standing) in the room with them. It’s critical for clients and stakeholders to be involved in communicating and coordinating with external partners. Teams are often distributed or they have individual team members who work remotely. Since I’m a remote employee who is a part of a local Scrum team at //SEIBERT/MEDIA, I have a lot of experience in this area which I’d like to share with you in this article.
Microblogging for Confluence is an add-on that extends Confluence to include a modern social media and communication feature with timeline, subscribable topics, likes, mentions, and other features that each employee knows from their private use of Facebook, Twitter & Co. Users and teams use Confluence microblogs to exchange ideas, to get quick feedback from colleagues, or to agree on projects in an uncomplicated way.
It’s no secret that I hate WhatsApp, and love Telegram as an instant messenger. Because I keep getting asked “Why?”, I’ll try to explain some of my reasons in this post.
For years, email was the primary means of digital communication within companies. About 15 years ago, more companies started using browser-based intranets. In recent years, though, messenger and chat have since taken the lead in the workplace.
There are many different ways people communicate and develop content in an organisation. More traditional communication channels are meetings, telephone calls, and email. The development of intranet software, chat tools, and blogs has improved and streamlined communication in a company. All three tools cut down on the flood of email, allowing better collaboration and quicker resolutions of decisions and questions.
When I spoke to Mike Cannon-Brooks, the co-founder of Atlassian, during AtlasCamp 2015 in Prague, I was a bit surprised that he wasn’t too afraid of classic B2C messengers as competitors for Atlassian HipChat. I am pretty convinced that Slack as HipChat’s main competitor right now is way overhyped. The solution may have grown faster than HipChat in the past. I still think that Atlassian is in it for the long haul and with their existing strong presence in the enterprise they are in a very good position to win the battle.
Group chat is a team focused application. We see our enterprise customers struggle and even be completely ignorant to its value and features. The common route for group chat to spread in an organization is still organically bottom up. That is often uncontrolled and chaotic.
HipChat is Atlassian’s chat and IM service for fast and easy communication within teams and beyond. HipChat offers a valuable platform for efficiently exchanging information in real time to spread-out teams. A team might be considered “spread out” if its members are sitting ten yards from each other at the office. Atlassian is now ready to roll-out new features for HipChat, which result in more freedom and customization options for users.
Most people suffer from the daily load of emails. I have met people who claim that it is not a big issue, but they also tell me that it’s just because the amount of emails they receive is fairly low. We can all feel the pain that emails create. And most know that the using email is often unappropriate. But how do we know when to email and when to go for a better alternative? That’s unsolved for most people. Most of the time we don’t even know what the appropriate action is. And often we fail to act professionally, although we know better.
This post introduces you to Fleep.io a promising competitor of the group chat rivals HipChat and Slack, that comes from the Skype founders and tries to solve ‘Email communication’ just as well. It’s small teams with lots of external communications in particular that might benefit a lot from Fleep.