Product Managers, how do you do idea brainstorming effectively while working remotely?

Sharath Kuruganty
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Paul Mit
💎 Founder @Aaply, @FlowMapp
Miro, Notion, Slack + Telegram, Figma, Zoom, Google Docs, Loom. God bless collaborative tools!
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Sharath Kuruganty
Head of Community at Threado
@mituhin And long live remote culture :)
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Paul Mit
💎 Founder @Aaply, @FlowMapp
@5harath chin-chin!
Danyl P.
Product Designer
@5harath @mituhin Can I ask a question why are you using both GDocs and Notion? Just curious.
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Paul Mit
💎 Founder @Aaply, @FlowMapp
@5harath @danylpo No problem, I have a quick answer: each of the tools has its own advantages. Google is handy with its spreadsheets, presentations, file sharing, and Notion is strong with documents, storing and organizing information. Why give up the advantages when you can make a convenient configuration.
Gabriele Sangrigoli
Love data and analytics
@mituhin I wouldn't use too many tools because it gets confusing. Who will post what and where? Sure, we can set rools but it'll always be a pain in the abs to communicate to other what things were shared and where.
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Germanas Latvaitis
Head of product at day and dev at night
Using miro with product teams helps a lot. Basically, all the new multiplayer drawing tools help, even Figma.
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Sharath Kuruganty
Head of Community at Threado
@germa Yes love Miro boards especially when collaborating.
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Michael Silber
Product Lead at Product Hunt
@germa Totally agree. While remote work used to rely upon on a lot of async commenting, also being able to leverage these tools in real time is where they can really shine. In my last role, my CEO was of the mind that everyone should have the working doc open in a meeting and be ready to make the change themself. There is no reason to have one person be the secretary to everyone else. It means that meeting notes and decisions are embedded in the working doc, not spread across every attendees' notes.
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Nic Mahaney
Honestly - I love video chatting and working on a white board. Feels a little bit like remote teaching/learning, but it can be very similar to having a classic white board session. Other than that, we've pushed using Asana and Google Docs to promote creativity and a writing culture for new ideas!
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Sharath Kuruganty
Head of Community at Threado
@nicmahaney1 Can't go wrong with white-boarding sessions, be it on person or online :) Asana is the best for product tracking progress 💯
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Gabriele Sangrigoli
Love data and analytics
@nicmahaney1 Agree, Asana is great but video chatting is better it builds the team
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Steven Brewis
Designer by day, Appreneur by night
@nicmahaney1 @5harath I'm curious why do most people prefer Asana over Trello. I think Trello is faster, easier to customize and make your own and wayyyyy less red tape. I really want to know.
Nic Mahaney
@gabriele_sangrigoli I think both are awesome and necessary!
Nic Mahaney
@5harath @steven_brewis I personally don't have any real experience with trello, so can't provide as much help there, but Asana has been perfect for my team
deepu
Product Manager
-Define biz goals with exec team and pick the team -Do a brainstorming session on problems with respective teams - ideally two isolated sessions(top n bottom teams) -Do a brainstorming session on solutions with respective teams - ideally two isolated sessions(top n bottom teams) -Do a pre-mortem brainstorming with the bottom team before it goes to HiFis n development All the sessions are async except first n last Fun fact: We hate sync communication Tools ------ Email Miro Confluence Meet
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Sharath Kuruganty
Head of Community at Threado
@pradeeb28 So very well structured. Love the flow!
Jay Rowley
Community/Product @ workshop.ws
@pradeeb28 Thanks for this answer - I was scanning for anything but a list of tools!
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MJ Tenorio
A Digital Agency Consultant
Miro, Slack, and Notion
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Kiran Kanakadandi (yugahq.com)
Building an Employee Retention SaaS
We continued a tradition that we had while we were back in office -- a daily 12PM meeting without any particular agenda. None of us thought of it as a "meeting" and coz it was agenda-less, we'd brainstorm solutions kinda organically. Any task of priority would also bubble up organically. And then may be a quick chat about a movie. We continued this into Zoom is all -- while remote, that meeting also served as a hangout that we enjoyed. I was the manager and I learn the 12PM meeting is still alive and kicking even after my leaving.
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Kiran Kanakadandi (yugahq.com)
Building an Employee Retention SaaS
Oh and tools -- garden variety -- Zoom, Confluence, Slack/Teams
Mohammed Shahid
Think positive. And be the happy
Great and nice projects
Venkatesh
Loves building products
google docs, notion, figma, gmail and google meet
Tech Khala
TechKhalaIa ,offering technology tips.
Start doing something less serious.
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Businesign
Business, marketing, finance, technology
This is a personal experience, during the pandemic I started working at businesign.com as a developer, this is a new project so many things are not well organized including how we work together remotely. finally, we use Telegram to communicate, maybe this application is not specifically designed for work but from my experience, using Telegram is much simpler in communicating and sharing files.
Abderisak
Co-Founder of Avidnote. PhD researcher.
Don't overthink it. You can jot down your ideas on anything, even something as basic as an Email message or a WhatsApp group. Focus on execution instead. It's more difficult and bears more fruit.
Ade Kunle
Live and let's live...
Working Doc, Telegram, Studio, Notepad, Nature
Chandan Maruthi
TeamSync, Short Video Messages for Sales
Make it clear that silence is ok, silence is acceptable and silence is appreciated. Most calls result in poor brainstorming because people feel the need to fill in the silence with talk. While silence is totally acceptable in physical brainstorming. Once you do this people will get time to hear themselves and think about what was said and result in better conversations and brainstorming
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TL Robinson
Founder, GOTU
MIRO and weekly alignment meetings, then fine tuning sessions to improve the "big picture"
meryl
Product Designer
MIRO and Figma
Caitlin Williams
Australia
Miro! Couldn't live without it now. We also use Slack and Zoom, but Miro is perfect for getting ideas and thoughts 'on paper'.
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Evgeny Medvednikov
Weje.io, free online whiteboards
Using our own brainstorming feature of Weje, of course: https://weje.io/brainstorm-app ;)
Deepa from PLG Works
Thursday 2.0 launching today 🚀
Mainly Figma and Miro. And then transfer to a relevant place in Notion or Linear.
Paul Rusgrove
I like to cook Italian food for others
I think I’m in wrong section I didn’t realize this was a development thing associated with tech I am tech illiterate for sure but a lot of the things that people are working on seem interesting and I wish I knew more about it
Bunny R. Climer
I am a link builder
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