Last December, as 2017 was waning to a close, I was at an emotional low. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I was tired. I had reached a stage in life when there was just too much to do, too many obligations, too many priorities. I lost my bearings. Through long reflection I concluded what I already knew but had never put to words; I was horrible at consistency and moderation.
For better or worse, I tend to obsessively focus on one thing at a time. That one thing will consume all of my energy, emotions and mindshare…
When we started Missions at Robots & Pencils, we set out to make it easy for anyone to automate team workflows in Slack. We believed the collaboration hub model is the future of work. We took a people first approach and wanted to make tools available to anyone, not just developers.
Earlier this year it became obvious that we could massively scale up this vision and our impact on teams at work if Missions was part of Slack. Today we are excited to announce that Missions has been acquired by Slack 🎉.
We’d like to thank our customers (spanning six…
A challenging aspect of building message based workflows is designing the messages themselves. The right formatting can significantly improve the readability and usability of messages. Slack offers developers a lot of options for laying out messages with code, but ironically, these are out of reach of the average Slack user — until today! 😉
It’s really convenient and sometimes darn delightful to handle simple workflows right inside of Slack. Whether it’s requesting help from IT, seeking vacation approval, on-boarding a new teammate or raising the bat signal — yes, that’s an honest to goodness real example — getting work done inside of Slack always feels like a win.
However 🤔, as a process owner it can be challenging to keep tabs on it all!
Today I’m pleased to announce that we’re taking our…
February is short on days but long on features. It’s time for a round up of the latest updates to Missions as we close out the month. Since October, we’ve had nearly 400 individual conversations with users, and we’re learning a lot together. Each feature below is a gift to one or more of those users 😘. Thank you!
Missions supports an ability for developers to run custom steps via webhooks, but you have to do all of the heavy lifting. You need to create a service, host it somewhere publicly accessible and maintain it over time. …
Every experienced Slack developer knows it takes days if not weeks to wire up all of the API calls and events, craft messages with button and menus, structure form dialogs, handle responses and integrate with external APIs. Missions can do 90% of this for you and allow you to focus on the meaningful bits of integration using webhook steps.
Missions is great for making structured workflows that run in your Slack workspace. Most workflows require data from the person who launches the workflow. For example, approvals, purchase requests, and gathering feedback all require a structured set form data.
Slack Dialogs are perfect for collecting a few pieces of data— five pieces of data to be exact 🤓 — from within Slack. However, sometimes you need more:
For this, Google Forms to the…
A few weeks ago we announced a bundle of improvements to Missions. Today we’re happy to pile on a few more. With these changes, we’ve made it easy to mention teammates in your workflows, and we’ve made it easier to share and launch Missions in Slack.
The dynamic data and emoji pickers were lonely so we added a new people picker when authoring messages.
It’s even easier to launch Missions from within Slack now. Oh let’s count the ways! 1️⃣ 2️⃣ 3️⃣ 4️⃣
Launch any Mission you are a collaborator of via the updated /missions slash command. …
Happy New Year! The Missions team is off to a great start this year and couldn’t be more excited for the year to come (big plans! 🐼). We’ve been so busy speaking with users and getting improvements out the door that we nearly forgot to announce them! 😅
Here’s a round-up 🏇 of the latest improvements to Missions to start 2018.
We have a new branching step that lets you split off down different paths when certain conditions are met. …
“Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
This was one of the my favorite quotes of my formative years, perhaps a self fulfilling prophecy. I’ve always reveled in variety, change, inconsistency, besides the fact that I order the same thing off the menu at restaurants.
The irony of the quote as presented above is that it is unfairly truncated. The full quote begins with an imperative qualification:
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
You see, every attempt I’ve made at yearly resolutions has failed and faded into the abyss of February…
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