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Thoughts on Slack and Flexibility

The collaboration tool proves that one size need not fit all.
Feb | 8 | 2020

Feb | 8 | 2020
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Introduction

Slack power users tend to be a smart lot. Generally speaking, they use the popular collaboration tool in many innovative ways. Perhaps most interesting, though, is diversity.

To be sure commonalities exist, but different people take different approaches. Make no mistake: This is one of the key points in Slack For Dummies.

But what about the same person in different contexts? It turns out that I act and communicate differently depending on the workspace.

Different Tools and Applications for Different Workspaces

Case in point: The way that I use Slack in the classroom differs from how I’m using it with my writing clients. That is, when I compare my different workspaces, I see significant differences among:

  • Channel structure
  • Number of screen-sharing sessions and video calls
  • Number and types of apps installed
  • Quantity and types of direct messages (DMs)
  • And more

When I train new users on how to use Slack, many are surprised at the number of different options available to them—and challenges for that matter. The latter topic is fodder for a different post.

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