Share a channel between teams
I like the default compartmentalisation of Teams. However quite often, I'd like to have 1 'public front' of my team towards the other teams.
The only option for this seems to be to have a Team "Everyone", and create a separate channel per team again. But this then splits the discussion unnecessarily between teams.
Ideally, I'd like to take a team channel, and share it with all the other teams.
This feature request is still on the backlog. I’m waiting to hear more that I can share.
Heston Harper commented
Can we bring this back from the back log. THIS IS SUCH A CRITICAL FEATURE!
Cross collaboration is a MUST in any modern day business. Here is my example:
We have a Comms & Marketing Dept - We give them a TEAM. 'COMMS TEAM'
Within that Team we have channels for communications and marketing activities related to Sales, related to HR, related to Development, related to Operations - we give these CHANNELS.
COMMS SALES CHANNEL, COMMS HR CHANNEL, COMMS DEV CHANNEL
But those Channels have their own TEAMS - The Sales Team, The Development Team.
For maximum adoption, alignment, and use - we need to co-host the COMMS SALES CHANNEL in BOTH the SALES TEAM and the COMMS & MARKETING TEAM. So when the SALES TEAM want to look at the latest marketing they stay within their team and comment to the COMMS SALES CHANNEL which auto updates/mirrors to the same channel hosted in the COMMS & MARKETING TEAM.
This is a laboured / detailed example of many uses of these co-hosted channels - modern day business have matrix structures. The absence of this functionality is SERIOUSLY LIMITING our teams Teams abilities...
Echoing what others have said, would be very useful to have a public channel for each team, which would make it much easier to communicate between teams. Making them members causes permission issues; creating new teams for public and private chat is just a headache. Perhaps a toggle to set the ‘general’ channel as public or private?
My organization would greatly benefit from this feature. The current structure of the TEAM - Channel is impeding us from fully adopting the platform for inter-departmental collaboration. The ability to share channels without expanding TEAMs would greatly facilitate collaboration on multidisciplinary projects.
Looking for an update on this feature request. It would be very useful instead of having to download the product of a shared channel so that I can "share" it to other users without them having access to the rest of the Team.
[Deleted User] commented
We are also very interested in this. We have 8 Development teams that do not want to be disruppted in their chats, and they should have a frontend. But monitoring a shared team is not a good option, so having that frontend-channel shared accross weould be aweosme
We have a massively cross collaborative organization that needs both exclusion and availability across teams - please break this artificial Silo down. I would suggest you study FlowDock (not for what it's become bit for how they managed this - elegant)
This is superior to flowdock (never thought I would say that) and just needs to be a little more flexible for true agile collaborative behaviors as it seems you want: Agile Team Collaboration? Or Agile like?
Jon Sawatsky commented
This would be a huge benefit for our company as well.
This is a big ask for us as well!
We have an strategic Team site with incubation targets identified in channels. For now, we have to create a separate team for each incubation target to control the membership.
Having the ability for us to link a channel to a different Team site helps control the membership but more importantly creates a more simplified organization.
We need this feature also. We need to share between Teams/Departments but don't want all out financial/confidential documents available to all.
Looking for this feature. We need share some informations between departments while all othe channels must be only visible to members ( HR, Finance). Will be logical have one channel that they share with whom required and for small team work between departments.
This is extremely desired. We have a major development program which decomposes into multiple work streams. Each work stream is it's own team. Often there is information that needs to be shared between teams, architectural guidelines that cross teams. Having that information visible to all teams rather than relying on team members to track an "architecture team" and their own team is very desirable.
Bogdan Manolache commented
Please add the posibility to create a shared channel between two or more teams. Each team should be able to name that channel in its own way... and each team owners should be able to exit their team from a shared channel at any time.
Also, please create a "Public" channel (like "General") that could be optionally activated by the owners of the Team, in case the team would prefer to allow anyone from the organization to contact them via this channel (bobody should be able to Unfollow the "Public" and "General" channels).
cesar de la garza commented
yes! just need the ability to make a channel within a team public so that other teams can see it and post there.
Our organization is also interested in this feature being available.
Loren Okuly commented
Supper important for our organization as well. We find that we end up creating teams just to hold shared channels forcing users to be in too many different teams to the point where it makes the product annoying to use. I agree completely with the comment posted @ September 12, 2018 10:25 AM.
Another reason you should make it happen, aside from it being a must have features, its one of the main features on the TEAMS vs. Slack comparison deck that the SLACK sales team uses when they visit customers.
This would be a most welcome feature and should be considered just as valuable as private channels
I agree! Here is my scenario: Within my organization, we have multiple teams that collaborate on multiple projects. For example, Engineering with design a project, marketing with market the project, the sales team will then sell it. As of right now, we have to have an Engineering team, Marketing Team, and Sales Team that all have a separate ProjectX channel, then having a new team that is Engineering+Marketing+Sales that also has a ProjectX channel. Then everyone has to dig through each of the three individual team channels just to see what was said where, then post that in the whole group team channel and its a mess.
What we would prefer is that all teams stay separate, then share the channel across all teams so that way we don't have to add an extra team, and we don't have four channels to dig through but only one channel.
I know that we could create a multiple department team then have separate channels and have people follow those specific channels but then there is an issue of privacy of who can see what. So creating a channel that can be shared between teams is ideal. Especially since we may have four projects going at once, we don't want to add to the confusion with several channels per project per team.
Mark Vigrass commented
At my organisation we have groups set up in teams to deal with projects at a high level. We often need to invite people from different parts of the organisation to discuss a specific topic within the project, and get their input and decisions. We wouldn't necessarily want them to have full access to the team just the specific channel, so we would like to be able to share a channel with people not just with all other teams in some cases.
A scenario for my organization is sharing a channel related to our website with the international teams.
Great to see update Warren - Thanks. Otherwise, like waiting for the bus that may or may not come....frustrating. Working with a large client who wants to be able to collaborate on a document between two members each in a separate team as well. However, I see you have "Private Channels" as work in Progress which will sort this as well - so all good. These are two biggies.