So you just got your team to hop on HipChat (awyeah), and now you’re in charge of making sure everyone is riding the train. Congratulations—you’re a HipChat owner! So…what now? How exactly do you get things started? Follow us along.
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It’s a new year, and it’s the perfect time for a fresh start at work. New work habits can go a long way in making you feel more productive and accomplished throughout 2017. Here are 7 ways to use HipChat to get more from chat and yourself at work.
Here at HipChat, we love us some bots. Not only are they fun, but they also unleash a world of possibilities to solve different problems and make our lives easier. To unlock the full potential of automation in HipChat, we invested early on in a powerful integrations framework, HipChat Connect, that empowers developers to solve problems and build whatever they can imagine in HipChat.
As a kid, I couldn’t get enough of games and science fiction. Yet as imaginative as I was, the idea of playing with games and robots in my professional life would have seemed like science fiction. But we live in the future now… and the future does indeed have games and robots where you work!
When you think of an API, you probably don’t picture a bunch of drawings on a whiteboard. But exactly one year ago, our plans for HipChat Connect were just that. In a year, this idea evolved through several stages and finally made it to public GA with over 30 partners. We’ve learned a lot about shipping and partnership in the process, and we hope what we’ve learned will be helpful to other software development teams (like yours, maybe).
Since its introduction a month ago, HipChat Connect has produced over a dozen add-ons from our friends at services like Zendesk, Meekan, and StatusPage, with more coming from New Relic, PagerDuty, and Zephyr. And this is just beginning.
Since so much has happened, we’re giving you a quick summary of our new add-ons and their capabilities. Whether you’re a part of an engineering, marketing, or customer service team, these add-ons will make your work life better.
Coffee is the center of the tech geek universe; the bean is our sun to which we gravitate.
With HipChat’s explosive growth, what used to be an easy coffee run became a trek around the building with folks handing over cards, cash and various forms of wampum. Couple that with people wanting their coffee black, with skim milk, almond milk, a Slim Jim hanging off the top – the ordering process got hectic.
This is coffee, not a Bloody Mary!
We started with a hand written list. Soon after realized, “wait, we’re a tech company. Let’s solve this.”
Next, was a list application. It worked well enough, but there were issues with getting folks on board. The app was static and without any back end or data persistence – it was just people and coffees.
So, the list application was 86ed.
Someone needed to up the ante: someone needed to create…a HipChat Bot.
Tired of lists, Leo Balan created the Caffeinator, a HipChat Connect add-on. Over a weekend, Leo cobbled some time together during his daughter’s naps. His desire for easy coffee ordering was that strong.
Leo assumed trying to write a HipChat Bot, test it, deploy it and into the Product Growth room would be hard. Turns out, it was pretty easy.
Coffee was on its way
Following a comprehensive and easy to follow guide, Leo created The Caffeinator. That informative guide became Leo’s bible.
Leo set up his dev environment and the results looked promising. He was pretty sure he pulled it off. The next step was creating a HipChat account with a test room.
The basic breakdown is pretty simple:
Create a “coffee run group”, and then add everyone you want to include. People will input their default coffee order.
Every morning The Caffeinator will reset, and all members have to do is opt-in. Your default order will be saved – a simple command will earn you your daily brew.
Alphabetical by last name, you can see the next three people whose turn it is to buy. Once someone has bought, they can either “/done” or someone can do it for them. The buying order automatically updates.
So now, coffee orders around the HipChat offices are pretty easy.
I need this for my team. Can I use it?
The Caffeinator came together quickly, so there’s room for improvement. We’re sharing the code with our users because we want to challenge our community. What’s the next for The Caffeinator?
HipChat Connect add on’s are brimming with untapped potential; if we’re creating applications that can tackle an office coffee run, what’s the next innovation of tomorrow?
Get involved, check out the code, make improvements, offer suggestions.
Coffee today, Mars tomorrow?
If you’re a Bitbucket user, we’ve got some great news for you. We’ve worked with the Bitbucket team to create a new integration to provide more useful information about your repositories within your HipChat rooms.
The new integration includes notifications for the following actions:
- Commits – when a new commit is pushed, or commented on
- Pull requests – when a pull request is created, commented on, merged, or declined
- Issues – when an issue is created, updated, or commented on
By piping notifications into your chat room, you can hold a conversation about latest commits, pull requests, and issues with your developers right away. HipChat lets you host lightweight code reviews right within your chat room and ship code faster.
This integration is pre-installed on all HipChat groups. You can find instructions on how to configure the new integration in our documentation.
If you’re new to Bitbucket, be sure to check it out – unlimited private Git or Mercurial repositories. Host your code in the cloud, for free.