This week I wanted to discuss an entire category of products instead - online whiteboards. Now, whiteboards are extremely common in an in-office setting but aren't adopted much in a remote setting.
The reasons are fairly obvious -
1. Virtual whiteboarding isn't as intuitive or simple as using a physical whiteboard.
2. If you want to actually whiteboard productively, you need the right setup in place - a tablet, stylus and of course, the right app/ product.
3. On top of this, you may not be able to mimic the real-life brainstorming that is synchronous with using a whiteboard. For e.g. you would usually pace towards & away from the whiteboard, someone from your team might quickly grab a marker & scribble something that strikes him/ her etc.
So more often, people like me, try to minimise real-time virtual whiteboarding. But of course, it can't be entirely avoided, so I end up using Milanote or sometimes Notion/ Slite and my iPad, during these brainstorming sessions. More about my setup & experience in this post.
What's your experience with virtual whiteboards? Do you use any online whiteboard regularly?