Accessing Yoke using Slack commands

You can query 67 applications connected to your Yoke board using Slack commands.

Setup instructions

Step 1: Set up a Slash Command

Configure a “Slash Command” listed under “DIY Integrations & Customizations” in the Slack Integrations page with these fields:

  • Command: yoke
  • URL: https://common.yoke.io/value/slack
  • Method: POST
  • Usage hint: [help, login, logout, list]

Note: You only need to configure the slash command once for your entire team.

Step 2: Link your Slack and Yoke accounts

Click the “Slack” link in your Yoke board to obtain the /yoke login [user] [token] command to link your Slack account to your Yoke account.

Copy the command to your clipboard and paste it in any Slack channel. This will link your Slack account to your Yoke account.

That's it! You can run /yoke help to get the list of supported commands.

Comparing Yoke and Slack integrations

Slack integrates with many of the same services as Yoke, but the integrations are complementary.

  • Personal vs. Team-wide: Yoke integrations are personal. Each team member logs into their own Yoke board to see what they need to review and work on. Slack integrations are primarily team-wide.
  • Pull vs. Push: Yoke integrations are query-based, compared to Slack integrations which are primarily notification-based.
  • Planning vs. Awareness: Yoke integrations help you plan what to do next, or review what was done previously. Slack integrations keep you updated on what's going on at this moment.

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Example usage

The /yoke command makes it easy to query your favorite apps in the middle of a conversation in Slack.

The adjoining figure shows a developer reviewing the outstanding stories in the current sprint in Pivotal Tracker to help answer a question from a colleague.

You can run 150+ types of queries in 55 applications with the /yoke command.