Building apps – internal tools or otherwise – is collaborative. But actually working together with your teammates when code is involved is easier said than done. Taking screenshots, adding annotations, sending a flurry of Slack messages, and then adding Jira tickets is nobody’s idea of a good workflow.
In this post, we’ll walk through how to use Retool (a fast way of building internal tools) with Cord. Cord lets you add comments, annotations, and guides directly in your favorite apps – so you can talk with your team in the apps you’re working in. Cord also integrates with Slack and project management tools (Jira, Asana, Monday, etc.) so you can create and manage tickets without leaving your app.
Save time by building internal apps with Retool and Cord
Here’s a few suggestions for how teams use Retool and Cord to build better internal tools without all the back and forth.
- Write onboarding guides directly in the app. Onboard new members of your team by creating annotations and comments with Cord. Attach relevant files to document how the internal tool works, right inside the tool. This is a lot easier than outdated walkthroughs lost in Confluence or Coda. Plus, teammates can @mention you if they have a question and you can chat directly in Retool– almost like sharing your screen on Zoom, without having to sit through another video call.
- Create tasks that will automatically appear in Jira or Asana. Anytime you write a comment using Cord, whether it’s to investigate a bug or change a dropdown to a search input, you can make it an Asana or Jira task so it fits right into your workflow (and it will actually get done!).
- Your internal ops team can log edge cases and leave a record of the conversation. The users of your app can record edge cases and leave notes about what was decided inside Retool to increase efficiency and speed up onboarding for new team members who may run into the same issue.
Add Cord to your browser to start collaborating in Retool
Cord is a Chrome extension that adds a collapsible sidebar to your browser that shows up when you are using Cord supported tools. Install Cord in a few quick steps:
1. Start by going to Cord.com
2. Click “Add Cord to Chrome for free”
3. Sign-in with Slack (Or, sign-up to be notified when we add Google and Microsoft Teams support)
4. Complete onboarding: Watch a 30 second video, install the browser extension from the Chrome store, and import relevant Slack messages by adding the Cord Slackbot
5. Then, go directly to your Retool app and start annotating with your team!
If you don’t have a Retool account yet, you can sign up on https://retool.com.