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You can think of a flow as a team room. Each flow is made up of a chat and a team inbox. As a rule of thumb, it's a good idea to create a flow for each team.

Of course, CA Flowdock can be used with any company, non-profit or group of people that want to work and discuss things together. You can start with a few people in one flow, and expand from there based on your needs. Inviting new people to a flow is easily done by clicking on the "Add people" button at the top of the window.

The parts of a flow

  1. Flow Sidebar
  2. Chat
  3. Team Inbox

CA Flowdock consists of three parts:

  1. The flow sidebar, located on the left, has a list of your open flows and 1-1 conversations. The currently selected flow or 1-1 conversation is highlighted.
    The Quick Flows/1-1s Finder, is located above your organization name in the flow sidebar. It allows you to swiftly select a specific flow or 1-1 chat from an extensive list. Click the icon, enter the flow name, and the matching open flows are displayed. You can also enter @theirname, to list 1-1 chat with your teammate.
  2. The chat is in the middle. It contains the discussions of the selected flow or 1-1 conversation.
  3. The team inbox is on the right. It shows an activity stream from the tools and services that you've integrated with the selected flow. It also shows search results. The team inbox can be toggled from the Inbox button in the top right.

Organizing Flows

Let's say you have a company called Acme Inc. with three teams working on different projects. All the teams would have their own flows (e.g. "Web team", "Mobile team", "Marketing and sales"). You could also have a company-wide flow for company-level discussions.

For more in-depth tips on organizing flows, read our Organizing flows page.