To begin our Disruption class, of course, we had to be disrupted. Before our first class, we received an email from Professor Shannon saying that we had to sign up for Slack. Most of the class had never heard of Slack before, but now we could not get through the class without it. Slack is a website that makes working as a team easier than ever, allowing everyone to see all group communication in their designated channel, as well as look on to what other groups are doing, so everyone is on the same page. Not only did we have to register for Slack, but we also had to download the app on our phones and the desktop application, giving us access to all of the information in our Slack channels at all hours of the day. As the Media and TV group, we did all of our work in our respective channel.
In this channel, we were able to plan out our assignments, schedule meetings, discuss our findings, and decide how we were going to put together our blog posts. Each group had their own Slack channel, and we also had a general class channel, where we regularly post articles on disruption that we find interesting and want to share with our classmates.
Not only did we have to learn about Slack before we were even in class, during the first week, we had to integrate Slack with Trello, Shannonweb, and our Gmail accounts. Trello is another very useful website that helps teams organize themselves in a very transparent way. Each team has their own Trello page where we were able to make notecards online to determine what we were planning on doing, what we were currently doing, and what he had already finished. This was extremely helpful throughout because it kept us on task and focused on what our goals were with our blog posts.
To help us stay on the same page even further, we created our own individual note cards to keep track of our individual tasks. The notecards provided a convenient place to keep all of our links for information, allowed us to create a checklist to keep track of everything that we had to do, and set a deadline to make sure that all of our tasks were completed on time.
Now that we have learned how to use these useful tools, we have successfully overcome an instance of disruption as we were learning about disruption. Being able to learn and adapt is the most important thing when being disrupted. You need to be flexible in order to be successful, and giving in to Professor Shannon and embracing Slack, Trello, and all of our integrations has made this semester and this project much, much easier. Going forward, we can now bring Slack and Trello to our future group projects and introduce disruption to the rest of our classmates, without them even knowing it.