As more and more teams transition to remote work, collaboration tools like Slack have become increasingly popular. Slack's chat-based communication platform makes it easy to keep teams connected and informed, but it can also create challenges when it comes to managing support channels. In this post, we'll explore different approaches to building a Slack-based support system and provide some tips for success.

One key issue that often arises in Slack channels is the prioritization and escalation of issues. When multiple issues are being discussed simultaneously, it can be difficult to determine which issues require immediate attention and which can be addressed at a later time. This is where prioritization matrices and service level agreements (SLAs) come in.

Creating a prioritization matrix with SLAs can help set expectations around priorities and prevent everything from being treated as a high-priority issue. By deciding who and how issues are escalated, you can ensure that the right people are informed about issues that require your attention. Additionally, establishing clear expectations for individuals who escalate issues (e.g., providing customer name, time of the event, and place of the event) can ensure that all necessary information is captured and documented.

Prioritization Matrix

You can also use a single support channel where users could post your questions, issues, and feature requests. To keep track of these issues, you can use a combination of emojis and automated responses to notify users about the status of your issue. For example, if support was looking into an issue, you can add an "eyes" emoji. If anyone needs more information, they can add a "memo" emoji and an automated response would request additional troubleshooting notes.

If an issue needed to be escalated to production or engineering, the support team can add an "admission tickets" emoji and include the Jira ticket in the thread. This can help you easily search and get notified once the ticket was resolved. Finally, when an issue was resolved, support can add a "white checkmark" emoji to the original message, and all communication regarding the issue would be kept in a thread.

By automating responses and using emojis to indicate the status of an issue, the support team can keep users informed about the progress of their issue without having to provide constant updates. Managing support channels in Slack requires a combination of clear guidelines, effective communication, and automation. Whether you choose to use a prioritization matrix with SLAs or a system of emojis and automated responses, the key is to establish clear expectations and ensure that everyone involved understands their role in the process. By doing so, you can create a support system that is efficient, effective, and easy to manage.