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Why Whiteboards are Essential to the Digitally Disrupted Workplace

By Marcel Frick 2 years ago1 Comment
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Apparently, no one ever said “Nice whiteboard!”. Unless you enter Under Armour headquarters, where “Have you seen Kevin’s whiteboards?” is one of the first things you’ll hear, before you even get a chance to hang your coat. Under Armor founder and CEO Kevin Plank really likes whiteboards. Whole walls of floor-to-ceiling whiteboards contain curt principles that are part of the incredible success story that is Under Armour.

Think like an entrepreneur. Create like an innovator. Perform like a teammate.

This guiding principle that covers one of Under Armour’s whiteboard walls, is what every company should bring out in its employees. In the digitally disrupted workplace, collaboration has become both more challenging and more important, in order to innovate, create and make your staff a team.

Face-to-face never dies

Online collaboration tools have made it easy to reach out, share, and work alongside online. And while I love the possibilities that Slack, Google Drive and their likes have opened up, they are poor replacements for face-to-face interaction. The level of information, understanding, idea generation and relationship attainable in a face-to-face situation are pretty hard to live up to digitally. With your peers working remotely, productive collaboration when and where you do get together, is priceless. A group of individuals working out plans in front of a large, borderless canvas is still a pretty powerful situation for tackling ideas or challenges. And whiteboards can be a pretty powerful supporter.

Putting human needs first

New whiteboard solutions like Moving Walls and IdeaPaint have been designed to serve the need for creative collaboration. Moving Walls have been continuously tested with The Value Web – a global team of speerheading Graphic Facilitators – at events for the Red Cross International, WEF or the Danish Maritime Forum. Designer Jörg Bohner made sure to adapt the design to their needs, erase all pain points and develop an immaculate user-centric interface between users and their ideas.

Once the ideas have sparked and an execution plan has been worked out, whiteboard caption apps like CamScanner or bounce make it easy to share your plans digitally. The group dissolves back into digitally connected individuals and can take their tasks from there. Simple as that.

6 reasons, Moving Walls are mighty tools for workspace collaboration:

  • Engagement:
    Get your peers on their feet. In an active, up-right position you’ll get a lot more brian sparks than sitting around a large table.
  • Space divider:
    In open-plan workspaces, Moving Walls can act as mobile walls to create break-out spaces, cancel out noise, and put collaboration tools at reach of your team.
  • New level of surface quality:
    The new generation of Moving Walls with its powder-coating leaves no traces, making the walls more durable, cleaning easier and usage more fun.
  • Borderless canvas:
    Moving Walls are designed to allow for seamless and easy combination of multiple walls to a curved or straight canvas.
  • User-centric design:
    You need four hands to lift up a Moving wall for a reason: The weight in combination with its triangular form make for a solid yet movable furniture that doesn’t start wiggling when writing or even leaning against.
  • Magnetic:
    Its magnetic and smooth surface allows for a combined use with print-outs, paper, post-its and whatever else you may want to stick on the wall.

The Rise of Collaboration Spaces

How to spark a revolution.

Dedicated collaboration spaces, creative spaces, war rooms – or whatever you call it – are fast in gaining momentum in the digitally disrupted workspace. We’ve created a manual on how to start a company internal revolution and create a collaboration space. To date only available in German.

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  Collaboration, Future/Trends
About

 Marcel Frick

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Marcel is the CEO of Moving Walls. He writes News and Insights out of the Moving Walls Headquarter in Lucerne, Switzerland. marcel.frick@moving-walls.com / +41 41 558 80 45

  • peterdurand

    Well said, fellows! I have been a whiteboard junkie since picking up my first Expo marker in 1996. Thanks for the flexibility an innovation you bring to the world of work!