Nyord vs. Whiteboard Apps

Whiteboards apps are great tools for collaboration. But there is still room for improvement. What Nyord does better.

October 1, 2023
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Remember the old days of school when we had blackboards or whiteboards? They were primarily used by teachers to write on. Occasionally, you were asked to do assignments on them. It could be a bit awkward, standing in front of everyone.

For many decades, boards have been a tool for presenting to a crowd. However, with the rise of modern workshop methods like Design Thinking, we've learned to work interactively. Now, groups of people gather around the board, tinkering with thoughts, democratizing the learning process. This is even more exciting when a skilled facilitator guides us through the journey of listening and learning.

Benefits of whiteboard apps

Welcome to the world of whiteboard apps like Miro, Mural, and FigJam, among others. They are remarkable inventions, and we ourselves have come to love and rely on Miro extensively. These apps digitally resemble the traditional wooden and painted boards of the classroom, but they offer much more than just a simple "board." 

A whiteboard app provides a virtual plain white space, a vast blank canvas where you can unleash your creativity without limits—well, except for your CPU capacity. People use these apps for various purposes. 

Individuals can create mind maps, chart views, or even maintain a personal wall of sticky notes with all their to-dos. Groups and teams can collaborate, share thoughts as they would in a workshop setting, and educate themselves. Essentially, whiteboard tools reflect a classroom environment—a place to think, note down insights, discuss and document results, and learn something new. 

The software nature of these tools enables the creation of virtual environments that are independent of time and place. They can be used synchronously in live sessions or asynchronously.

Disadvantages of whiteboard apps

While whiteboard apps offer many advantages, they do come with certain limitations. 

1. Lack of momentum

Similar to physical whiteboards, virtual boards are static tools. Participants come, engage, and then leave, lacking the natural momentum needed for impactful collaboration. And if they do, it needs a great deal of effort on the part of the facilitator to keep the whiteboard exercise going, keep participants engaged and motivated to progress through the task on hand.

2. A tool for everything and nothing

With whiteboard apps you can do almost everything. While their broad applicability is a benefit, it also means that they lack specificity. To run specific tasks on a whiteboard app templates, formats, structure and preparation from trained facilitators is required. This reminds us of well-run workshops, which themselves have their own limitations.

3. Limited participant numbers

Whiteboard apps face a natural limitation when it comes to the number of participants. While a few skilled moderator magicians may be able to handle live sessions with pretty large groups, the average talented facilitator will find it challenging to effectively manage more than a dozen participants.

4. Time-consuming

Live group sessions in whiteboard apps are time-consuming for all participants involved, and also very tiring. It is pretty hard to stay focussed throughout the meeting and not “do some emails” just a click away. Like in any other workshop, the time and effort required is a high price to pay.

In conclusion, whiteboard apps provide a remote-first, intuitive, and open platform for collaboration. However, they do set high expectations and demand certain skills and motivation from facilitators, workshop organizers, and participants alike.

How Nyord is different

First, Nyord shares some characteristics with whiteboard apps, such as an intuitive interface and no barriers to entry. It provides a space for seamless collaboration, where individuals can come together to listen, learn, and work together towards a common goal. Like whiteboard tools, Nyord offers the convenience of being time and location independent. 

What Nyord does better is providing direction out of the box. Unlike general-purpose tools, Nyord is designed to address targeted challenges and produce tangible, actionable results, which we refer to as "experiments." Our platform guides participants through a dynamic process that transitions from ideation to proposal to decision-making, all in an automated manner. While we like the idea of a facilitator running the team through the process, we believe that anyone can successfully facilitate a challenge with Nyord, significantly reducing the need for specialized expertise.

We ensure that everyone is actively involved in the collaborative process. Whether you have a group of 10, 100, or even 1000 participants, our platform is equipped to handle the dynamics of large-scale collaboration. While working with such a crowd can feel chaotic on a traditional whiteboard, Nyord provides a structured framework that promotes a safe space for everyone and collaborative engagement.

Curious to see how Nyord levels up your collaborative efforts?

Sign up today and  witness the power of Nyord as it transforms the way teams collaborate, solve challenges, and achieve remarkable outcomes.

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