Project Management

Bored or Board: The Importance of Whiteboard Presentations

Mike Donoghue is a member of a multinational information technology corporation where he collaborates on the communications guidelines and customer relationship strategies affecting the interactions with internal and external clients. He has analyzed, defined, designed and overseen processes for various engagements including product usability and customer satisfaction, best practice enterprise standardization, relationship/branding structures, and distribution effectiveness and direction. He has also established corporate library solutions to provide frameworks for sales, marketing, training, and support divisions.

No matter how many firms I work for, I invariably find myself popping into meeting rooms and trying to decipher a jumble of drawings, techno/business-jargon and arrows that seem to point in a number of directions toward a variety of items. Some are freshly drawn ideas put upon the nicely bleached surface, but many are reminiscent of the old cave paintings found in France--partially smudged reminders of a time long past, with nothing to keep them somewhat intact except a hard to read “Do not erase” message scribbled in the corner of the board.

Yet this simple device has helped us come a long way in how we encourage development and collaborative breakthroughs. It is through its continued use that new products and ideas will be created.

Write and Right
A product from the 1990s that quickly became a de facto piece of equipment for most offices, whiteboards (also referred to as “dry-erase boards”) appear in just about every conference room and meeting area where people want to write down, design and/or construct a process, workflow or action list. They are ideal for technological innovators who constantly revamp their ideas and are crucial to trainers and educators that need to edit content on the fly.

Using a combination of principles to create the visual outcome (special resins/sheaths spread over a core material and utilized with markers …


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