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Keep up with your team's HipChat and Slack progress wherever they are

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Scrumbot is your agile assistant for Slack and HipChat. Let Scrumbot gather data from your team ... More

Editor's review

Published 21 Jul 2015

For quite a few years now, businesses have been using HipChat as a communication method so that their teams can keep in touch with each other wherever they are in the world. It's basically a web service for internal private chat and instant messaging but also features cloud based file storage, video calling, searchable message history and inline image viewing. Of late, there have been several other services that have jumped on board with similar models. The most popular of these newbies has been Slack. Both services are great at keeping teams connected whether they be in Kathmandu, Chicago or Sydney and can be accessed through Mac, Windows and Linux as well as via Android and iOS through smartphones and tablets. However, as efficient as they are, they can hold a vast amount of data that can take quite a while to summarize and ingest. That's where an app like Scrumbot comes in very handy. It's a clever little app that plugs right into both HipChat and Slack and gathers all your team's data at the end of the day and summarizes it into a palatable form - ready for the next day's business.



Scrumbot calls itself 'your agile assistant for Slack and HipChat.' Simply plug the app into either Slack or HipChat and you have yourself an agile assistant that will reach out to your development team at the end of every day and get all the details on what they've been doing. It gathers all the daily data from your team and summarizes it for you before the next day's 'scrum' begins. It will tell you what happened the previous day, what’s in progress and whether there are anything blocking progress. With more and more development teams spread around the country - not to mention the rest of the world - this is particularly useful. Here's how it works. Near the end of the work-day, Scrumbot will ping your team on their specific team channel and ask them what they have been working on today. Each team member then reports back with what they have finished, what they are working on now and whether they have any blockers. They can even tag specific tickets by pre-pending it with a hashtag and it will be linked directly. At the beginning of the next day you can simply ask for the report and you will get a nicely formatted break down of all the things that your team are up to. What's more, if there are any blockers, they will feature right at the top of the report so they can be dealt with immediately. Scrumbot handles all the tricky parts about having remote team members. It automatically sorts out who is in which timezone and collates all their updates for you before summarizing them before the 'scrum' starts the next morning. If nothing else, think of the time and money saved by not having to swap emails and phone calls in order to keep abreast of everything that's going on with your team around the world.

One of the hardest things for new startups to get their heads around is to keep up with how your team is progressing - especially if either you or they aren't actually in the office. What's even worse is that the bigger you get, the harder it becomes. Scrumbot delivers an asynchronous standup whenever you want it. This can be while you are sitting at the airport, stuck in traffic or, probably more importantly, if you are waiting to complete your next big deal and need up-to-date information there and then. At the moment, Scrumbot is limited to supporting the two biggest and most successful of the services - HipChat and Slack - but plans are underway to extend that support to Flowdock, Chime, Kato.im and plenty of others. If you are sick of spending hours assimilating and gathering information from your team you too can have an 'agile assistant' that does the work for you. Try it for free now.

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