Tools for brainstorming and collaboration in the modern office are abound, but technology isn’t always as easy as it seems. When an idea strikes and momentum builds, collaboration among colleagues needs to be as simple as drawing on a whiteboard. Tools need to be easily available and flexible, and they need to match to a team’s workflows to sustain their creative momentum, not hinder it.
Office design trends driven by the habits of millennials are also calling for more flexibility such as “fewer cubicles and more collaboration”. Offices are evolving to more open, “work casual” spaces. Millennials expect to use modern technology to connect with each other and collectively collaborate, even when physically together in those informal spaces.
Display options fit to how teams work
Quilla™, a digital alternative to traditional whiteboards, is perfect for brainstorming and innovating among peers, no matter how or where employees are situated in the office. Display modes in Quilla provide options for working surfaces to fit to the way teams wish to collaborate – whether that is concurrently marking up the same page of a document or working in breakouts on different portions.
Three display modes enable users to:
- cascade multiple pages of a document across successive Quilla devices,
- tear-off a portion of content and cast it to another device, and
- span content across connected devices for a limitless canvas.
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Cascade pages – visual, efficient collaboration
Request for Proposal (RFP) documents often require input from sales, marketing, and development teams. Typically, each team member edits and comments on the RFP before passing it along to another. This process can take days, even weeks, before all teams are satisfied with the response.
With the cascade mode in Quilla, consecutive RFP pages are displayed across multiple connected devices, such that page 1 is seen on the first Quilla, page 2 is seen on the second, etc. And, as a user turns a page by swiping the Quilla screen, each device displays the next successive page. So, the first Quilla now displays page 2, the second displays page 3, and so on. Now team members working on connected Quilla devices can simultaneously annotate the RFP in real time while discussing it, drastically reducing the time for response.
Tear-off a page section – breakouts to divide and conquer
Imagine a design team project manager reviewing a floorplan for a new office space. If the manager wants several junior designers to review the layout of different rooms and make changes, it may take significant time to integrate those changes into a master floorplan.
With the tear-off function of Quilla, the project manager zooms in on the room he’d like to review, casts it over to the junior designer for editing, and tracks the changes made to the overall floorplan in real time — all while the junior designer is focused on the assigned content portion. The ability to delegate project portions that easily integrate back into the master introduces efficiency and agility – keys to collaborative success.
Span content across devices – a large-scale canvas to create
A network administrator brainstorms with an IT analyst on how to assure best network coverage over a geographic area. This is an exercise that may be difficult to visualize without a sufficiently large map.
In span mode, Quilla users connect up to ten multiple devices and span the map image across the combined area, effectively creating a massive canvas for collaboration. Now drawings and annotations on the map made by both users appear in real time as they work together on the spanned image, no matter which device they’re writing on.