For Stratagem Marketing Solutions, whiteboarding is an essential component of our work with early design planning and marketing strategy with start-up tech companies. Since COVID-19, the need for a virtual whiteboard solution has never been greater. This article will explain all the reasons why we recommend Miro as the best virtual whiteboard for remote work. Especially for tech companies and start-ups, but really, it's for anyone who needs to collaborate with ideas on a virtual whiteboard.
Virtual Whiteboard for Remote Work
One of the most widespread myths about remote work is that you can't collaborate as effectively as you can in person. Once upon a time perhaps that was true. But with platforms such as Miro, it's just not the case anymore. What may have once held you back, can actually be turned to an advantage. As long as you have a central point where everyone can share ideas and communicate.
Communication is one of the most important factors that makes fully remote work difficult. And honestly, it is a struggle for any company - large or small. What I've learnt over the years is that even with the best intentions, it's easy to miss people out while you're formulating ideas. And that's where Miro can come in as a fantastic asset to help bring everyone along with you on your journey. Whether or not you choose to involve everyone in every design or growth workshop, you can share the results so that your whole company can follow the latest developments of your ideation.
The biggest opportunity of being fully remote is having the ability to work with anyone in the world - so you can choose the perfect person for the job, regardless of any other barriers. And by working with the best collaborative and remote tools, you can build a truly innovative company - one in which a distributed environment can encourage your team to thrive.
There are multiple examples of successful companies which are fully remote - look at GitLab, Zapier, InVision, and Articulate.
"After 14 years as a fully remote company, we're convinced a distributed environment isn't just good for our employees. It's also one of the reasons we've been so successful as a company"
Adam Schwartz, founder and CEO of Articulate
How Does Miro Improve Remote Work?
Multiple technologies enable quality remote work in today's marketplace, but I'm going to talk to you about how virtual whiteboarding with Miro is one of the key elements you need in your remote working tech stack.
- It's collaborative. Multiple people from different teams can all have access to a limitless whiteboard space where they can share and generate ideas, vote on priorities and assign tasks.
- Everyone has an equal voice. The simple act of remote collaboration means that the loudest voice doesn't have the chance to dominate. All team members have an equal chance to have their opinions heard.
- Miro has hundreds of free templates to help your company plan and coordinate projects, from retrospective design workshop templates, to agile sprint planning, customer journey planning, persona templates, mind-maps, user story templates, flowcharts and kanban boards, amongst a wealth of other options.
- You can turn the templates into presentations for greater visual effects, for example to present your company update and bring the team with you on your journey. For companies struggling with the speed of scale, this can be a really fantastic way to bring everyone up to speed, generate buy-in and move towards mutually understood company goals.
Not only does this save considerable time, but you can share it with as many team members across the company as you need to. Some templates will work better for certain teams than others, but the beauty of Miro is the simplicity and flexibility of its many templates.
It took us at least 6 weeks of trial and error with other platforms before we discovered Miro. And while our ethos is to shout from the rooftops about the people and things we love, we hope this can help you save time and effort in selecting a really awesome piece of virtual whiteboarding tech.
There's a free version, and you can expand very cost effectively as and when you need to.
Of course - if you'd like us to run any workshops for you - just click on our Book a call button and I'd be happy to set something up!
Otherwise, try Miro for yourself today. Let us know how you get on!