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Do you know the modern alternatives to using a whiteboard?
  v4.0 Posted at 4/01/2019 8:33 AM by Tiago Araujo
Many people like to use a whiteboard for collaborating and brainstorming, and this works quite well. But a whiteboard is a large ugly object that takes up a fair amount of room, often isn’t kept clean, and doesn’t allow for people to collaborate remotely. There are modern alternatives that work even better:

#1 Laptop and cast to a monitor (recommended)

This could then be screen-shared for remote meeting attendees and is easily saveable/sharable for later.

  • PowerPoint
  • Visio
  • OneNote
  • Mural (collaborative app)

#2 Tech Whiteboard replacement

  • Samsung Flip ($3k)
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    Figure: Samsung flipchart can be flipped from horizontal to vertical
     
  • Microsoft Surface Hub 2 (coming - about $5K)

#3 Paper Whiteboard (Low tech – a large piece of paper)

Old school but it is great to have a pen in hand, you can always just grab a big piece of paper and draw on it together.

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Figure: Paper whiteboards are bad is someone is in Sydney and the other attendee is in Melbourne

#4 Whiteboard and marker - Low tech (ugly) 

The traditional whiteboard.

Quote from Adam Cogan (apparently not a fan of whiteboards in a tech office):

I believe whiteboards are a sign of an old office… and they are ugly. They’re not a sign of a modern office.
Sometimes they are useful and I know some people really like them (generally older people).
I have seen the digital whiteboards (usually targeted at teachers) but I think they are horrible to use.
The common scenario is for a spec review. I am always happy when I see devs using their device and casting to the TV. And the subsequent notes get saved to Microsoft Teams.

#5 Writable wall -  Low tech (ugly)

Low tech (ugly) – Paint a wall to be writable or put some writable film on an office glass wall

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Figure: Writable walls can be dirty even after cleaning up​

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