A visual guide to Distributed 2019

On October 8-10 2019, we hosted Distributed 2019 — the largest virtual summit for enterprise product teams. We were grateful and honored to have over 13K participants from 86 countries! They were able to learn how to facilitate remote meetings, run design sprints with distributed teams, scale agile practices, and build high-performing product teams.

For our team at Miro, the summit was a big learning experience as well. We were trying to figure out the right tool stack to make all attendees feel engaged and ensure that their experience was enjoyable and frictionless. And while Zoom provided a great webinar platform for hosting live virtual events, and Slack helped enable conversations for our community, something was missing.

We wanted to create an artifact people can have after the conference — a list of notes that will help them remember and reuse suggestions and best practices for distributed collaboration. We also wanted to make our panel discussions more engaging, so we decided to do a pilot and take visual notes live in Miro during all of them. It was fun to use our platform for visual notetaking, and we are excited to share the boards so you can revisit them and use them to improve your team’s collaboration.

Anna has written about experience design, product development, and workshop facilitation. She has been working in distributed teams for three years, and she is passionate about helping these teams to succeed.

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Director of Product Management at Pivotal

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Director of Content at Miro

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