What do you like best?
• Relieves the logistical pain of doing in-person sprints: Rounding up Post-Its, sharpies, rooms with whiteboard space, collecting Post-Its afterward, flying people in from other offices, and managing a large group
• Preparing a sprint space is done in minutes in a Mural rather than booking large conference rooms, carrying around supplies, and setting things up beforehand
• The entire sprint session can be laid out before the participants so they can see the progression of the ideas
• Fosters increased collaboration since it makes sprinting and group activities accessible by anyone, anywhere, without disrupting their lives
• Intuitive tools make facilitating a sprint much more accessible. I taught someone how to run a sprint session in 15 minutes this afternoon since I had all the activities prepared in one mural with instructions
• Expands capacity to run collaborative work through an increased number of facilitators
What do you dislike?
I would like a library of templates for the organization/company so there is some consistency.
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
• Built-in facilitation tools such as the timer, voting sessions, object locking, area grouping, and templates make facilitating a sprint much simpler and more efficient
• What would have taken days to organize and train (6 sprints run simultaneously by 6 different facilitators) took one afternoon due to the ability of facilitators to share and duplicate documents. This leads to greater consistency between design session teams
• Gives every participant equal engagement (everyone has a front-seat view) allowing more creativity from all participants
• Output is archived and shareable with Mural rather than the old way of holding on to a pile of Post-Its and photographs
• Especially with remote working conditions nowadays, Mural gets us back to more of a "we're all in front of a whiteboard" feel than currently sprinting with slide decks