Get more out of Slack for your team

Make your work simpler on Slack by using some of the below mentioned tips :

Daily stand-ups

Daily stand-ups are great because :

  • Managers can monitor progress on tasks
  • It gives visibility into everyone’s tasks
  • Saves time by eliminating an in-person meeting

Here’s how you can do that :

  1. Pick a channel and time to run weekday stand ups.
  2. Use slash command (/remind) to set reminder that asks your teammates to share their updates.

Share code snippets

This slack feature is very useful for Developers to discuss code, finding & fixing bugs, offering suggestions.

Here’s how you can do that :

  • Click code block icon (or Ctrl + Alt + Shift + C keys ) to the bottom of the message field.
  • Then just Paste your code snippet
    Another way to attach code snippets :
    1. Click on paper clip icon below message field (or Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys)
    2. Select Create New
    3. Click on Code or text snippet
    4. Paste your code snippet and select the programming language from the drop-down menu. You can optionally give it a title and add a message explaining the snippet to others in the channel.

Event reminder & notification in Google calendar :

Connect your Google Calendar to Slack so you can see daily summaries of your schedule & respond to event invites.

Here’s how you can do that :

  1. Open Google Calendar app within Slack and send it any message to get started
  2. Click “Connect your Account” button then follow the steps to link your Slack and Google accounts.
  3. You can even join conference calls in a single click from event reminders.

Upload and Share files

You can upload & share any type of files like photo, PDF, video or spreadsheets.

Here’s how you can do that :

  1. Drag and drop up to 10 files into Slack or click the paper clip icon below the message field.
  2. Choose a file from your computer.
    If you want you can write a message describing the file and click upload.

You can also use Google Drive Slack app for sharing files.

Welcome new employees to your team

When someone joins your team, help introduce them to everyone and make them feel welcome.
You can share important documents, policies, and due dates to get them started
It will help you to create and maintain a healthy work environment.

Here’s how you can do that :

  1. Create a channel called #new-hires and post important documents and messages that explain policies and due dates which will help new employees. Invite your HR staff to join the channel and allow new hires to ask questions.
  2. Create a channel called #intros and ask new hires to post their brief introduction.

GitHub Slack app

You’ll get updates about what’s happening on GitHub without leaving Slack.
You can Subscribe to repositories, stay up to date about New commits and New pull requests, see the details like Pull requests, Issues & Developer profiles.

You can even take actions on GitHub with slash commands on Slack like : Close an issue or pull request, reopen an issue or pull request or open a new issue.

Elastic Stack & Twilio event

Attended Elastic Stack & Twilio event where I learned more about Demystifying Anomaly Detection by Elastic, this wonderful talk was given by Jayesh. Another awesome talk by Lizzie Siegle from Twilio where she explained in detail about Detecting Toxic Language with Twilio Chat and TensorFlow JS. I liked the complete workflow demo of Twilio for timely alerts from your ELK stack which was shown by Matthew Gillard from Twilio.

Lizzie Siegle from Twilio explaining about Detecting Toxic Language with Twilio Chat and TensorFlow JS
Matthew Gillard from Twilio explaining about Twilio for timely alerts from your ELK stack
Jayesh explaining about Demystifying Anomaly Detection by Elastic
Demo of Twilio for timely alerts from your ELK stack

Importance of Internet Privacy & Getting started with Web based Virtual Reality

I was invited as a Tech Speaker at Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University where I gave a talk on Importance of Internet Privacy and Getting started with Web based Virtual Reality.
Event was attended by more than 150 attendees.

Selfie with attendees

I explained about what is Data Privacy, why one should care about their Internet Privacy and various generic Solutions to ensure Privacy.

Importance of Internet Privacy
Mozilla Firefox privacy tools

I also talked about what is Virtual Reality, Problems of Virtual Reality, what is Web based Virtual Reality and How to create a Web based Virtual Reality scene. After the event received an excellent feedback from attendees.

Getting started with web based virtual reality
Selfie with attendees
Reward and felicitation after the event

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Organized Webinar on How to Contribute to Mozilla & Getting started with Virtual Reality

I organized a Webinar on How to Contribute to Mozilla & Getting started with Virtual Reality.
Webinar was attended by Computer Engineers. I explained about How one can contribute to Mozilla Technically and Non technically, various ways of contribution and why one should contribute to Mozilla.

How to contribute to Mozilla

I also explained in detail about what is Virtual Reality, problems of Virtual Reality, what is Web based Virtual Reality and How to create a Web based Virtual Reality scene.

Getting started with web based virtual reality
web based virtual reality scene

The feedback of attendees after the webinar was excellent. A huge thank you to those who attended, and especially those who took extra time to email or message me with appreciation.

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Slack TinySpec 2019

What is Spec?

Spec is a Slack’s Developer Conference

At TinySpec 2019 there was discussion around the latest developments on the Slack Platform, updates from the Slack team on the news since annual developer conference, Spec.

Apps are a fundamental part of bringing workflows into Slack, improving the way teams work together. But the Slack isn’t just a set of APIs to connect workflows and teams – it’s a global community with the resources, support, and tools you need to be successful.

Mr. Gregg ( Partner Engineer at Slack) explained about what is #tinyspec2019 and about Slack Apps

Mr. Aman Gupta ( Partner Engineering at Slack) talked about various features of slack which are very helpful for developers to build slack apps. He explained and showed videos of block kit, modals, advanced surveys, home tab, integration of google calendar with slack and actions from messages.

Mr. Vishwesh (Engineering Site Lead @ Slack) described in brief about latest development which Slack team is working on and about new slack features

Ms. Emily Pinkerton (Content Senior Strategist at Slack) explained about slack app toolkit. She talked about Slack’s growth over the years in terms of users, slack apps, etc.

Overall I had a fantastic time at #tinyspec2019 meetup ! It was an awesome event where Slack team shared a lot of insights on what’s latest in Slack. I loved the live demo of Salesforce integration with Slack.

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Speaker at HTML/CSS Event

I was invited as a speaker at VIIT Engineering College for a session on “Learn HTML/CSS by creating a portfolio”

I started the session by giving an introduction about HTML and CSS. In the introductory part I explained about what is HTML & CSS, HTML & CSS syntax, HTML Tags, correct HTML syntax, examples of HTML & CSS code, different ways in which CSS can be added for a website, CSS selectors, etc.

After the introductory part I explained about importance of having a portfolio and various uses of having a portfolio.
Then we started with hands-on session (coding) of how to create a portfolio.
During the hands-on session I explained about various HTML/CSS tags and concepts while coding and creating a portfolio.

Once our portfolio was created I gave a demo.
In the demo I explained step by step in detailed about :
1. How to install git
2. Uploading their portfolio code on GitHub
3. Using Netlify free hosting for their portfolio
4. Netlify continuous integration and continuous deployment feature

At the end we had a Q&A round where I cleared all the doubts of attendees.
Overall it was an awesome event. After the event many attendees created their GitHub account, used Netlify for hosting and created their own HTML/CSS portfolio.

Review of attendees after the session

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‘Unicorns of Pune’ event

I attended an event “Unicorns of Pune” which was organized by MCCIA.
There are total 3 Unicorns in Pune.
Unicorns are those who have reached the $1 billion mark in their business. In this series of events I was able to interact with inspiring folks in Pune, who have a lot of insights to share about different communities, startups, entrepreneurship.
This was an amazing event because it helped me gain first-hand advice from those who have built conglomerates.
The first Unicorn (guest speaker) was Mr. Monish Darda (CTO and Co-founder of Icertis). There was an Interesting panel discussion between Mr. Amit Paranjape and Mr. Monish Darda.

Summary of the session :

1. Hiring at Icertis is never aggressive. They always ensure that they never hired the wrong person. Marketing for hiring is always given importance. Pune based Icertis do marketing in Bangalore for hiring.
2. Values are very important. They help you as a framework for decisions. values help in getting customers, values are important for culture fit in a company.
3. Tip for Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs :
Leave your ego aside as an entrepreneur and do not be arrogant about how you do business. To become a successful entrepreneur you must separate passion and emotions.
4. Things Mr. Monish Darda do to de-stress : Apart from coding Mr. Monish loves gaming on platforms as well as cellphones.
5. Mr. Monish discussed about his college days, initial Startup days, his career transition from Mechanical to IT.
6. Icertis shares company finances with their employees (company belives in transparency and open culture).

MCCIA
Mr. Monish Darda (Co-founder and CTO of Icertis) and Mr. Amit Paranjape

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