Integration setup

Integrate Team O'clock to Slack to get some very handy shortcuts.

If you do not have an organization on Team O'clock you can visit this page and click the "Add to Slack" button. You will be redirected to Slack and a new organization will be created for you.

If you have an existing organization on Team O'clock and you are an administrator on your organization, you can go to your organization settings page and click the "Add to Slack" button.

By clicking it, you will be redirected to Slack and you can complete the Slack integration from there.

Basic commands

This integration gives you access to three useful slash commands:

The /standup [@teamname] slash command allows you to initiate a standup within Slack for a specific team. If no team is specified, a new team is automatically created using the Slack's channel name as team name. Using interactive messages, the slash command will guide you through the appropriate steps to setup your team and trigger a standup.

The /retrospective <name> slash command will trigger a retrospective activity for your members. An interactive message will guide you to selecting a retrospective activity and give the option to your channel members to join the retrospective event. Check how to trigger a retrospective in the overview video below.

The /planpoker <story> slash command is a helper command that allows your team to do effective planning poker during your scrum planning and grooming sessions.

Invoking this command (the "story" part is optional) will present to everyone in the Slack channel a board for voting story points. Check video below for an overview of a planning poker estimate.

Each channel user can click and vote for the difficulty of the story.

When everyone has completed voting, you can press the "Done" button and the votes will be revealed along with an average calculated story estimation.

The /mynotes <type note> slash command will enable you to add personal notes or reminders the moment something happens in your team channel. These notes will be available and visible to you when you are in a standup or retrospective.

Asynchronous standups

If you are using Team O'clock with Slack or Microsoft Teams you have an option to perform asynchronous standup too. Check out video for an overview of an asynchronous standup.

Asynchronous standup is for teams working on different timezones or different hours. In an asynchronous standup team members do not meet in realtime and can add their standup notes in their own time.

In order to facilitate people from different timezones, asynchronous standup has a fixed duration of 24 hours. After 24 hours the asynchronous standup is automatically considered complete.

The option for asynchronous standup is there for you to choose whenever you trigger a standup from Slack.

Starting an asynchronous standup

To start an asynchronous standup in Slack use the /standup slash command and then choose "Asynchronous in Slack" option from the Standup options.

Running an asynchronous standup

When you start the asynchronous standup all team members will be notified via a personal message that the standup has started.

On the channel the standup was triggered a message will be posted, prompting team members to add their standup notes.

When you click on the Add Standup Notes button you will be prompted to fill the 3 standup questions.

When you are done with your notes click Add. All added notes will be displayed on the channel Team O'clock standup message as seen below.

Standup will be completed automatically when every team member as added their notes.

Asynchronous standup, auto-completes 24 hours after the time it was started

Scheduling standups

You may schedule automatic triggering of standups on specific days of the week at a specific time. To enable the feature call the /standup command and select the "Schedule" button. Enable or disable the days you want standup to be triggered and set the time in UTC.

To disable automatic scheduling, call the /standup command and select "Unschedule".

Standup notes after completion

When an asynchronous standup is complete the meeting is added on Team O'clock Timeline page, where you can check submitted notes.

Personal notes commands

You can use /mynotes slash command to view your existing personal notes or add a new one:

  • Use /mynotes to view all your personal notes as a personal message
  • Use /mynotes <type your note> to add a new personal note.

Find out more about personal notes here.