5 Friday App Alternatives in 2021

In this post, we’re going to cover 5 alternatives to the Friday App, including:

  1. Geekbot
  2. Jell
  3. ScrumGenius
  4. Status Hero
  5. Kyber

1. Geekbot

Geekbot is our own product and it lets teams run standups, retrospectives, polls, questionnaires, and any other type of remote work check-in.

Geekbot is highly customizable, easy to implement, and integrates directly with Slack. Simply fill out what questions you want answered, along with who is receiving the questions and at what time. Then, Geekbot will send the questions to the right people, collect their answers, and publish them in a public Slack channel.

Geekbot Slack Channel notifications are highly customizable, as shown here. Each team member can answer specific questions and provide necessary information.

Data Driven Insights

One of Geekbot’s unique advantages is that it gathers data based on the responses that teammates submit, and then lets you analyze and learn from the data.

For example, say you’re using Geekbot to run standups. After collecting your team’s responses for the first half of the sprint, you can see which bottlenecks keep forming, which in turn can help you run better retrospectives:

Geekbot Dashboard: Activity Viewer that collects data

In addition, you can find statistics that gamify the standup meeting process, such as:

  • Participation percentage
  • Report streak
  • And more (see screenshot below)
Geekbot Daily Standup Dashboard with Insights and Timeline

You can also analyze team sentiment by sending out a question such as “how do you feel?” Geekbot then interprets whether an answer is positive, neutral, or negative, and presents the results via a “Team happiness” graph:

Geekbot Dashboard: "What did you do yesterday?"

If you’re seeing a trend of negative team sentiment, then you know to touch base with your team to see how you can help alleviate any blockers or undue stress they’re experiencing.

This is all data that’s easy to view in your Geekbot dashboard.

Conversational Analytics

With the Conversational Analytics feature, you can ask Geekbot “Who”, “What”, and “When” questions directly in Slack to quickly get info related to your team’s activities.

Below is an example of a typical interaction with the bot, where a user asks which onboarding related tasks the team completed in the last two months:

"What has the team done on onboarding in the last two months" (With a automatic list update from Geekbot)

You can also ask how long it took a teammate to complete a certain task (i.e. code refactoring) by asking, “How long did @Helen work on code refactoring?“, or discover what tasks a certain teammate completed in the last month by asking, “What has @Helen worked on last week?

Other examples of questions you may ask include:

  • How is @Helen feeling today?
  • How is the team doing this month?
  • What has @Helen been working on since Monday?
  • What is the team working on this week?
  • Who has worked on bug fixes since April?
  • What has @Helen done on bug fixes since last month?
  • And so on.

Online Reviews

We’re thankful that 60,000+ users have joined Geekbot, and that has translated into a large number of online reviews (more so than any other competing slack standup bot). Customers often tell us that they’re fans of our UI/UX and reporting process, and we’re proud of the product we’ve built.

Geekbot review: "A less intrusive team check-in for remote teams that's easy to use"

Pricing

$2.50 per user per month if billed annually, $3 per user per month if billed monthly.

Customer Success Stories

Note: Learn more and sign up here for a free 30 day trial of Geekbot.

2. Jell

Jell homepage: Daily standup meetings, checkins, & OKRs for Technical Teams

Jell makes it easier for your team to run daily standup meetings, check-ins, and track goals and OKRs.

There are three different pricing tiers for Jell users.

  1. Starter Plan: This plan is $4 per user per month. It comes with daily standups and reminders, check-in templates, custom check-ins for teams and individuals, and Microsoft Teams and Slack integrations.

  2. Plus Plan: This plan is $8 per user per month. It comes with all the features of the starter plan, plus you can manage goals and OKRs, as well as set private teams.

  3. Enterprise: Jell’s enterprise tier offers custom pricing based on your needs. It offers everything mentioned in the Starter Plan and Plus Plan, along with personalized onboarding and training, support for custom integrations, as well as a dedicated customer success manager.

3. ScrumGenius

ScrumGenius homepage: Status reporting tool for remote teams

As its name conveys, ScrumGenius is a tool that lets your Scrum team run remote work check-ins such as standups.

Plans start at $2.50 per month, and it can integrate with Microsoft Teams, Slack, Cisco Webex Teams and Email.

4. Status Hero

Status Hero homepage: Check in, fold in activity data, get updated

Status Hero was built around offering better standups for remote teams. They do this by offering automated check-ins. The check-ins can be sent via Slack but also through email or several other integrations.

Status Hero has four different pricing tiers.

  1. Basic: $3 per user per month.
  2. Pro: $5 per user per month.
  3. Corporate: $7 per user per month.
  4. Enterprise: Starts at $10 per user per month and goes up from there.

5. Kyber

Kyber integrates with slack

Kyber is a platform designed to give you advanced functionality within Slack. This includes leveraging Slack to offer automated standup meetings, instant polls, and personal to-do lists.

Kyber has three different pricing tiers.

  1. Startups: This is Kyber’s free service. This is great for small companies that have 5 people or less on their team.

  2. Team: This service is $3 per user per month. In this plan, you can assign tasks to more than one individual, set recurring reminders, look at projects in calendar view, get a project task completion report, and create polls.

  3. Enterprise: $9 per user per month. This is Kyber’s most expensive option. It includes everything mentioned in the Startups and Teams plan, plus cross-workplace meeting scheduling and preferred customer support.

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