Quick Tip: Online collaboration during JAM sessions, via iPad

I just got an iPad and I’m facilitating my first JAM with it. I’m challenging myself to see if I can get through 4 days without opening my laptop in the session! Day 2 is complete, and so far, so good!

It’s not that I haven’t had to share ideas visually, however. We have stakeholders in the room (viewing projected images) as well as remote (via WebEx).

I purchased Autodesk’s SketchBook Pro. Because my iPad is a wifi model, not 3g, I needed to be connected to the wireless network to make this work. At a few points in the discussion where we needed something visual that could not be easily reproduced in iRise, I was able to quickly sketch out a concept with my fingers on the ipad (sort of like finger painting!), save the image and send it to Kay, who then opened it for the JAM participants to see.

It keeps with our philosophy of visual communication and provided a good workaround in an instance where iRise wasn’t an appropriate tool.

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