What is it Miro
Miro is a digital platform that encourages users to collaborate simultaneously, allowing any team to work together effectively regardless of their geographic location.
Miro consists of a virtual whiteboard that a whole team can access and work simultaneously. Collaboration is facilitated by features such as sticky notes, diagrams, comments, and many other visual tools. Whiteboard participants can then add and/or edit elements in the whiteboard in a synchronized manner, ensuring everyone aligns on the same page.
In this article, we will explore Miro by analyzing its strengths and at the same time exposing some of its limitations.
Why Miro is an excellent tool for collaboration
Miro offers a wide range of tools and functionalities to improve the productivity, creativity and alignment of the work team. The intuitive interface and customization capabilities make it a suitable tool for different projects and types of work.
With its extremely easy-to-use interface, teams can easily create and edit diagrams, mind maps, schematics, and other visual elements to communicate ideas clearly, enthrallingly, and instantly.
Features that enhance collaboration include integrated video conferencing, annotations, comments, and voting.
Miro finally has the ability to integrate with other platforms, such as Trello, Slack, Jira, Google Meet, Google Drive and many more; this allows you to work in a structured way and is suitable to share ideas in real time and make decisions in a short time.
Finally, the large margin of customization and the many usable models allow you to find the most appropriate setting for the needs of the project.
What are the limits of Miro
Although Miro is an excellent tool for collaboration, there are some aspects that characterize it that can limit its use in certain circumstances. Some of the limits are:
- Limited access to offline data: Miro is a cloud-based platform, which means it requires an active internet connection to work; this can limit access to data and collaboration when working in areas with limited or no internet connection.
- Whiteboard size limits: Miro has some limits on the size of boards that can be created. This means that large organizations or teams working on complex projects may need to use multiple boards to manage all the details of their project.
- Difficulty in using for some users: not all users might find Miro easy to use, especially if they are not familiar with the use of visual collaboration tools. This can take time and additional resources to train users and make them more comfortable with using the platform.
Free and non free accounts
Miro allows you to have a free account, which therefore does not require any payment of the service, but has some limitations such as:
- maximum of 3 boards editable simultaneously
- limit to 1000 templates and impossibility to define custom templates
- limit to 1 work team that forces you to share all the boards of your profile with any user who has shared at least one
The Starter profile has a cost that is around $ 8 per month, while the Business profile, that is the most performing, costs $ 16 per month.
In general, different account types are designed to fit users’ needs and provide an effective and scalable online collaboration experience. If you want to take advantage of advanced features or need more storage capacity, you can move on to a more advanced plan.
In conclusion Miro is a great tool for remote collaborations as it offers a personalized experience shared by users from any geographical area who need to work effectively, productively and aligned on a project.
Miro in Blue BI
Miro has been useful to Blue BI to manage and organize collaborative workshops among about thirty users from different geographical areas with the aim of collecting feedback in real time.
Thanks to a specially designed Miro whiteboard, users were able to express their opinions and needs on the details of the data analysis that Blue BI proposed to them. For users it was simple and smart to insert and discuss their requests and for Blue BI it was immediate to organize and answer questions.