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There are many exciting tools available to collaborate your team virtually. like Team, Hangout, Skype, Zoom, Yammer and even whatsup. you may try these based on your requirement for online meeting.
Yes, we use a lot of them, but we organize webinars or meetings. But I’d like to find some interesting ideas how change these common way of interaction. For instance, I found the instrument, MIRO, but haven’t tried it yet. I see a lot of opportunities with MIRO, but don’t have any experience.
Think the idea is to enable bidirectional communication.
I have seen using zoom with it's breakout room feature. This enables breaking a group of say 20 down to smaller groups of 4 and let them discuss. So everyone gets a say.
Also I use a lot the free mentimeter.com polling.
Saw miro too, but did not use it yet, and also once used a whiteboard in zoom with similar features.
A good idea with webinars from the North Italy Chapter is to have regular lunchtime sessions of max 30 minutes.
As a series, training in virtual teaming could be interesting. I have a biweekly zoom session with people new to this kind of communication and introduce new features every session (background photo, showing content, ..)
Also look what toastmasters is doing with very tight agendas in virtual meetings too.
Build in some gaming features, to make it valuable to attend, like giving badges to participants, establish a team identity - like a logo, a song, some rites (how TV news are doing it).
My recommendation is going to other PMIs Chapters directly. But I can say I performed seminars and interactive sessions with PMI´s Chapters in Latin America and they used free of cost tools.
Miro is awesome! I've converted a few of our in-person PM & agile courses to using it and as long as you are willing to re-imagine how a given exercise can be delivered, it works great.
In a Chapter meeting setting, an easy way to use a tool like Miro would be to do brainstorming/brainwriting, affinity grouping and dot voting.
You could also use it as the basis for running a Lean Coffee-style meeting.
Have you looked at Quizziz? I think it's free, it's for making quizzes.
Miro is a great tool. Same with Mural (https://www.mural.co/) and Cardboardit (https://cardboardit.com/).
It really depends on what it is that you want to do with your chapter. Miro, Mural, Cardboard are great for brainstorming, creating post-it notes and moving them around. Could also use for a Lean Coffee, or could use Lean Coffee Table (https://www.leancoffeetable.com/).
In the Microsoft Store, you will also find MS Whiteboard (free). This is a great tool as well. It has templates available for retrospectives, brainstorming, etc. There are lots of other cool features. Admittedly, its functionality is limited if using a computer that is only mouse or trackpad able. If touchscreen, you'll have a better experience. It is also available for the iPad in their app store and that is a great experience.
Thomas mentioned Mentimeter which we use regularly. Great tool!
Thanks for the comprehensive answer.
Lunchtime sessions are the good one )))
Interesting idea to look at Toastmasters, thanks for sharing!
Elizabeth, thank you for the awesome idea! I haven't heard about quizziz and already checking it out.))
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