Summarizing long Slack threads

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Slack threads are a great way to keep channels concise and organized. However, threads often become quite long and contain minute details that aren’t as important as the outcome or decision of the thread.

a Slack message with an associated thread of 55 replies

To help others passively consume the critical information from long Slack threads, I like to finalize long threads with a summary message that’s also sent to the channel.

a Slack message with containing a summary of the thread that was also sent back to the main channel

The summary message contains the outcome of the thread and any in-person discussion in a single, concise message. So now, other teammates in the Slack channel are quickly aware of the conversation, decisions, and next steps. As more engineering teams are remote-first, this simple summarization process can help your team stay efficiently in the loop!

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Ben Limmer