Yup. I said it.

The ‘C’ word, or to be precise Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As it threatens to be the biggest experiment in history for forced virtual/remote work and in particular remote workshops and meetings, transcending time and comfort zones, I thought it was only right to share some ways we’ve come across at Pack, to help you sidestep the disruption and keep on with business as usual.

Well, almost.

Part 1. Tool up for remote meetings

Tools – Mural

To get fluent with remote meetings you need to choose the right tools.

Our number one pick is Mural, a collaborative meeting tool which includes a digital whiteboard and our favourite little squares – post-its.

You can run most meetings and workshops using Mural, including Design Sprints!

They’ve got a great webinar series to help you find your way around being suddenly remote:

Find out more >>> https://blog.mural.co/suddenly-remote-recap

Tools – Alternatives to Mural:

Miro – Is an online collaborative whiteboard platform where distributed teams get work done, or so they say! Similar to Mural, Miro is a great tool for online collaboration.

It also has a lovely blog full of remote working tips and tricks for getting remote working right! Mmmmm, nice.

Get involved here >>> https://miro.com/blog/

Tools: Looking for feedback remotely?

If you’re looking for feedback on your design and want to present something in real-time, you could do worse than using Lookback.

It’s a great tool for user testing, which allows you to record sessions (even on the free trial!) and take anyone remotely through your design in real-time.

Lookback doesn’t just have to be for design and can be used to present anything remotely.

Possibilities = almost endless.

Get involved here >>>https://lookback.io/

Other handy tools:

Zoom – Video conferencing on roids:

Rock-solid conferencing functionality that allows screen recording, screen sharing and more all from a trial account. Win-win!

That platform is called Zoom.

Design giants and world-wide remote-first advocates Invision have this interesting account from their CMO Brian Kardon, of how they used it for their company-wide annual kick-off meeting to great effect!

Get involved here >>>https://zoom.us/

Slack – the collaboration staple:

This staple of digital communications is not just for instant messaging.

Slack has video calling and screen sharing functionality off the shelf too, although you’ll have to pay a little extra.

Get involved here >>>https://slack.com/intl/en-gb/

Trello – Jean Claude Van-Kanban:

Flexible visual collaboration with a juicy Kanban centre. Trello can be used to easily share tasks and collaborate with others, although not in real-time.

It’s a great way to use a collaborative workspace to keep in tune with others when a video is not required!

Jean Claude likes Trello!

Get involved here >>>https://trello.com/

Part 2. Doing it right

Remote meetings are an art-form and one that’s often hard to get just right.

Luckily, Slack has created the ultimate, yes I said ultimate, guide to help you run the best online meeting in the world EVER!

Amongst other things it covers meeting etiquette, choosing the right tools for your needs, planning remote meetings, workshops and even encouraging casual conversations in-between the serious stuff to help attendees become more productive.

Get involved here >>> https://slackhq.com/ultimate-guide-remote-meetings

Part 3. Experiment & Stress test

As with all new working practices, it’s unlikely you’re going to get the formula for a good remote meetup locked down the first time around, it’s going to take some experimentation!

Find the tools you think you need, and go from there.

Running a test of the setup and tools on a smaller scale before diving into a big remote workshop or meet-up is a great way to stress test things which could be a struggle if your choices aren’t quite right!