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    Visio in Teams

    Was wondering how others (who use Visio) have been getting on using Visio to map processes in real time, in a Teams meeting?

    Been testing it this afternoon & seemed fine until I had one set of maps with a background being set, and it crashed Visio, & Teams.

    I wasn't sure it would work at all, from what I'd read previously, but the way I'm doing it is to open my .vsdx process set on desktop, from the Teams meeting use share screen, and then point to my desktop. Without a background being set (not important anyway in a draft set) I'm able to edit cross functional maps and use BPMN symbols, & produce maps in the normal manner.

    Is this the recommended way to do it, or am I at risk of it crashing again when I need it most?
    Last edited by SteelyDan; 31 January 2021, 17:22.
    Clarity is everything

    #2
    If you keep the drawings basic it's ok but I've only been party to one call where there was some live Visio tinkering and it was quite clunky.

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      #3
      Teams is a memory hog.
      Visio is a CPU and memory hog.
      Sound like you ran out of hog food...

      They should work just fine.
      But... try Whiteboard. It is designed as a Teams component and lets you do all the crayoning you want without having to faff with Visio's 'features'.
      See You Next Tuesday

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        #4
        Originally posted by Lance View Post
        Teams is a memory hog.
        Visio is a CPU and memory hog.
        Sound like you ran out of hog food...

        They should work just fine.
        But... try Whiteboard. It is designed as a Teams component and lets you do all the crayoning you want without having to faff with Visio's 'features'.
        Whiteboard is a load of crap, awful.

        If you're willing/able to shell out on a license (not sure of the cost) give stormboard a try.

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          #5
          If you have the option give draw.io a spin.
          Its a really good online Visio alternative.
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            #6
            I really haven't managed a live 'whiteboard'/idea generation workshop with Teams yet.

            The best I've managed is to create use cases/story maps in Excel with users, then create my processes off-line and then take copious notes as people review them.

            This part of remote working really is pants.
            "I can put any old tat in my sig, put quotes around it and attribute to someone of whom I've heard, to make it sound true."
            - Voltaire/Benjamin Franklin/Anne Frank...

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              #7
              I am pretty pleased with Miro. Otherwise draw.io as someone else said

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                #8
                Originally posted by cojak View Post
                I really haven't managed a live 'whiteboard'/idea generation workshop with Teams yet.

                The best I've managed is to create use cases/story maps in Excel with users, then create my processes off-line and then take copious notes as people review them.

                This part of remote working really is pants.
                Excel will be my back-up plan if things go belly up, & like you say, create final versions off-line in Visio.
                The whiteboard feature, as far as I'm aware (haven't used it) requires a digital pen (I don't have one) & without this, apparently it's a complete waste of time trying to utilise with a mouse.
                I once witnessed someone doing a session on some large fancy digital screen using Teams (& its own digital 'pens'); after the session the person emailed it to herself, but when it came through it was corrupted & unusable. Gotta love technology when things like that happen, eh?
                Clarity is everything

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by RasputinDude View Post
                  I am pretty pleased with Miro. Otherwise draw.io as someone else said
                  What the cat said.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by BlueSharp View Post
                    What the cat said.

                    The stencils for Azure in daraw.io are the best I have found.
                    My current client uses Mural (even though they have teams). Its collaborative white-boarding is pretty good - we've had a few dozen people use it at the same time for planning sessions.

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