Changelog

Follow what we've been up to: new features, updates and announcements about your favorite standup bot.

Out of office scheduling

Feature

Out of office handling is much improved. Beyond a simple on/off switch to set yourself (or a teammate) as out of the office, it's now possible to select a date interval (starting now or in the future). With this, people are automatically excused from meetings over that timeframe (and will be set back as available when it ends).

Out of office scheduling

Anyone can manage their own out of office period, and team admins are also able to manage it for other people in a meeting.

Meetings on your team's local timezones

Feature

Widely distributed teams, rejoice! You can now set up your meetings to start at a given time on people’s local timezones (say “9am, local time”).

This means you now have full scheduling control, depending on your team’s location. You can either have meetings start at the same time for everyone (in a fixed timezone) or at a relative time, wherever people are, so they are prompted (and notified) to participate within their working hours.

AI Summaries (beta)

Feature

We've started integrating AI to help you create summaries for each of your meetings (among many other things we have planned). This is still very much in Beta, so we're looking for testers and would love to have your feedback as we build on and grow AI-based features. Get in touch with us to get you started!

CSV & Excel export

Feature

You can now export your team's past meetings in CSV and Excel formats for further analysis: just select a time period and your preferred format.

Welcome messages and examples

Enhancement

StandupBot is now friendlier during onboarding. The bot will welcome you with setup guidance and share a few examples of how it can be used. Type welcome or examples in a chat to find out.

Threaded notifications

Feature

When people respond to a standup, you can now set it up so that their answers go into a single thread with everyone's responses or they're posted as individual messages in the channel (or even no live notifications at all for full async behavior). You have total flexibility in how you share participants' responses as they happen.

Chat interface

Enhancement

StandupBot is starting to get smarter. You can now chat with it to execute most actions that were previously available as slash commands, and this will be the main interface for our AI features to come.

Participation Stats

Feature

Easily see participation rates for your standups over time, both globally and on an individual basis. Check out who participated, who didn't, and who's out of the office, and how those trends are changing.

Meeting navigation

Enhancement

Navigation in your meeting's history is now much better. You can now go back and forth on meeting instances, skipping dates with no meetings scheduled. You can also go straight to a specific date.

Pings

Feature

One of Slack's staple features is being able to mention someone to get their attention. However, StandupBot uses a modal window with plain-text fields to capture meeting responses. While this is great to ensure a more consistent workflow where people reply to all questions in a meeting, it also means that mentions aren't available. Well, that ends today.

You'll find a new field at the bottom of the meeting response form (both in Slack and on the web), where you can select one or more people to ping. They'll be @mentioned in the update that's posted to the channel (and notified, depending on their settings).

Pinging people in an update

Meeting scheduling beyond the week!

Feature

As our name implies, the app got started as an async standup meeting manager. That has meant focusing only on meetings that happen every week: either every weekday or on specific days of the week.

However, we also want to support non-weekly cadences and other types of meetings and check-ins that product development teams have.

That's why we've decided to add a much more powerful scheduling system to meetings. You can now set up meetings that happen every given number of weeks or months (anchored in relative days of the month).

Essentially, the sort of recurring scheduling combos you typically have in your calendar. Take a look:

Powerful scheduling options

This is just a first step and we'll keep working on our user experience to better support different types of meetings. Hope you like it and share your feedback!

Meetings with more than 3 questions

Feature

Yet another top requested feature is here. You can now configure standups with just 1 or to up to 7 questions*. The rule of 3 is gone. Long live the rule of 1-7!

What's really useful about this feature is that it enables many other types of meetings beyond standups like regular team check-ins, ice breakers and status/mood updates.

*"Why 7?", you may be thinking. Well, because at 8 it felt more like a survey, so that's where we drew the line 🧑‍🎨. Seriously though, if you need more than that, we'd love to hear from you.

New look and under-the-hood improvements

Enhancement

This month we worked on a bunch of under-the-hood improvements to make the app feel snappier. But the thing that you'll notice the most is the fresh new look for the interface.

The overall layout is essentially the same but we made a few small user experience enhancements throughout the app. We're excited to have made this refresh, because it's going to enable us to work much faster towards a ton of features we have planned. Can't wait to share them with you!

Slack Connect support

Feature

We're really excited about this one. You can now use StandupBot in your Slack Connect channels, letting you involve external teammates and stakeholders in your standups! 🎉

Everything works the same as with any other standup, but StandupBot is now able to join a Slack Connect channel and let people from outside your organization post and read standup updates.

Reminders

Feature

A long requested feature is here. You can now add automatic reminders to your standups to make sure your teammates don't forget to participate.

In usual StandupBot fashion, it's super simple to use. You just toggle the reminders option for your standup, and the bot will send a reminder before the standup ends to anyone that hasn't yet posted their update. That's it. On or Off – no confusing settings to deal with.