Nureva has announced a new ‘follow me’ feature for the Span Workspace. This new functionality focuses the attention of a distributed team on specific areas of a Span canvas during a real-time collaboration session. When follow me is enabled, the user’s view of the canvas is presented to all participants, allowing everyone to follow along as the leader moves around the canvas. Any canvas participant can turn on the feature, and gain control of the team’s view from the participant’s personal device, interactive flat-panel display or the Nureva Wall system.
When follow me is on, participants can continue contributing content to the canvas, stop following the leader if they want to explore other content within the canvas and start following again as required. Helpful visual cues for meeting participants include a viewing frame to indicate the leader’s canvas view, a fading blue dot to indicate touches or mouse clicks made by the leader, a fading notification message when a leader turns on follow me, an icon at the top of the canvas to indicate that follow me is enabled and the name of the current leader.
The follow me feature is ideal for collaboration sessions involving distributed teams where there is a need for individual team members to lead the discussion and have others follow along. An example is status meetings for project teams, where each participant speaks to that individual’s part of the project using a certain area of the Span canvas to illustrate updates, changes and action items. Other scenarios include facilitated collaboration sessions where the facilitator needs to switch between brainstorming, sorting and presentation activities while maintaining the focus of the group on the most relevant content on the canvas.
“Customers that use Span Workspace to empower distributed teams are finding tremendous value in the ability to engage remote participants in ways that were previously impossible,” said Nancy Knowlton, Nureva’s CEO. “Our new follow me feature further enhances the ability of those teams to work productively together as if they were in the same room.” The follow me feature will be available in Span Workspace in July 2018 at no additional charge to subscribers.
Nancy Knowlton, Nureva’s CEO: “Customers that use Span Workspace to empower distributed teams are finding tremendous value in the ability to engage remote participants in ways that were previously impossible.”