For organizations to operate effectively, teams need to talk. Without strong cross-team communication, projects can become redundant, teams might compete for resources (instead of working together), and company-wide goals can be missed because people simply aren’t working together to get there.
As companies grow or organizations move from remote to hybrid work, teams have to work even harder to prevent silos from forming.
Range helps teams make cross-team communication second nature. With Check-ins , individuals can share project updates and progress in just a few clicks to provide better visibility into in-flight work. Tags and Objectives make it easy for anyone across the org to see who’s working on what, discover and track work at the project level, and understand how different team-level projects ladder up to larger company goals.
Work spread across multiple tools and apps? Not a problem. Range connects with Asana, GitHub, Google Docs, and more so that sharing updates with other teams takes only a few minutes of everyone’s time.
In this article, we’ll cover how to:
Silos form when teams don’t know what each other are working on, so the first step to solving for them is clear project documentation and information-sharing. Range Check-ins help you lay the groundwork, making it easy to share, discover, and reference updates from any team across the org today, or later on.
Tip: To add async Check-ins to the mix without creating extra work for your team, you might try shifting 2-3 standups or status update meetings each week to Check-ins. A bonus is that this approach also cuts down on meeting time, giving your team more hours in the day to focus on execution.
Once you have a habit of regular Check-ins in place, #tags make it easy to categorize, discover, and follow along with different workstreams. You can add #tags directly to your Check-in items and can also add them after the fact to group items together later on.
You might use #tags to group individual work items for larger cross-functional projects or company-wide initiatives.
To create a #tag, just add # before a word in your Check-in (ex: Completed tech spec for #ProjectMercury launch).Learn more about using #tags
Objectives in Range are a way to define the top priorities that people in your organization are working towards and track how work ladders up to them. You might call them OKRs, quarterly goals, or something else, but any type of objective can be represented in Range.
Objectives help teams see how everything is connected. You can link objectives to KPIs and metrics, create a hierarchy to connect personal and team-level goals to those company OKRs, and define clear ownership for each. You can even import work from apps like JIRA, GitHub, and Asana to see progress on goals across tools and teams.
When you set your objectives in Range (as opposed to a shared doc or spreadsheet) it’s much easier to develop a regular cadence of communication around them, as:
To set an objective, go to Objectives (https://range.co/_/objectives) and click on the +.
From there, you can add a deadline, team, and owner to indicate who will be responsible for keeping the work moving and reporting on status.Learn more about using objectives
If your team uses Slack, connecting Range to Slack lets you share and follow along with relevant updates in the place you’re already communicating with each other.
First, make sure you’ve got the Range app for Slack set up. Then, go to your team channel in Slack to subscribe to the teams and #tags you want to follow in Range. For instance, if your team is working on #ProjectMercury with several other teams across your org, you can subscribe to receive all updates on #ProjectMercury in your team’s Slack channel — even if they’re from someone outside your channel. It’s an easy way to stay on top of updates that matter, but might not be associated with your immediate team.
Type: /range subscribe #[tag] to subscribe to a tag or /range subscriptions and select a team.Learn more about using Range and Slack together
Communication is one of the most important factors in team effectiveness, and one of the most challenging ones to get right — especially on growing, remote, or hybrid teams when it’s not as easy to connect and ask questions.
Range Check-ins help foster better cross-team communication, so you can tear down silos and work more effectively together. They ensure everything is documented, help everyone understand how work is connected, and provide a clear line of sight into what’s happening across the org.
The following best practices can help you get the most out of Check-ins and build them into your team’s routine: