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Collaborative work

Nureva collaborative work blog

Beyond beamforming – some reasons to consider other options

By Dave McKean
on Feb 21, 2018 5:45:00 AM

If you’re considering an advanced audio conferencing solution, you’ve probably heard about or considered a system that employs beamforming microphone technology.

It’s the technology most often featured in complex, higher-priced, in-celling installed systems (as well as some simpler on-the-wall or hung-from-the-ceiling mic arrays), so it’s sometimes thought of as the leading conference call microphone solution.

However, several factors might make you rethink a beamforming system. Let’s jump in.

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Meet the (hard-to-hear) Conference Call Characters

By Dave McKean
on Nov 29, 2017 6:00:00 AM

You probably recognize these types of people in conference call meetings at your company. They speak too softly, move too much or position themselves so they can’t be picked up by conventional meeting room microphones. They can kill conversations and collaboration – and cause service calls for AV/IT to “fix” the room. We call them the Conference Call Characters, and understanding them is the first step in helping them be heard.

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QuickShare – the fastest way to share an idea in Span software

By Tricia Whenham
on Oct 31, 2017 7:43:00 AM


It’s 9:55 a.m. on a Wednesday. In 5 minutes, people from across your organization will come to your meeting room to review your team’s latest web design.

You need to show everyone your mockups and wireframes. You need to gather constructive feedback from each person in the room. You need to avoid groupthink. You also need to create an even playing field, where ideas are judged on their merits and not because of who shares them.

And it all must happen in 60 minutes so you can get back to putting your plans into action.

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8 ways the agile process is shaking up business-as-usual

By Lavonne Boutcher
on Oct 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you need more evidence that agile has hit the management mainstream, look no further than a recent article in the Harvard Business Review. In May 2016, the prestigious general management magazine published Embracing Agile, which described how the revolutionary management methodology moved beyond the confines of IT to become a “radical alternative to command-and-control-style management” in a wide range of functions and businesses.

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11 fun ways to unlock creative thinking at your next meeting

By Tricia Whenham
on Oct 5, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Quick – come up with 3 words to describe your last meeting.

Did words like productive and collaborative come to mind? Nice work – you must be doing something right. Or maybe you thought frustrating, unproductive or words we can’t write on this blog. Yikes – that’s a whole other problem.

But either way, I’m guessing the word creative wasn’t top of mind. And that’s a huge missed opportunity. When we meet, often the goal is to solve a problem or figure out a new course of action. Creativity is crucial, but it’s often MIA during the process.

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Why collaboration needs advanced audio conferencing - and how to get it

By Adrian Doughty
on Sep 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Businesses are embracing collaboration like never before. And it’s no wonder. According to a survey by Deskmag, 71% of workers say they are more creative when they work as a team while 62% said their standard of work improved significantly.

In this video from the 2017 AV/IT Summit, I introduce the “Collaboration hierarchy of needs,” a framework for building and prioritizing conferencing systems. It’s an important guideline for the vital role AV/IT leaders have in supporting collaboration – from providing better mobile solutions to creating easy-to-use spaces for innovation. You’ll also learn how advanced audio conferencing is fundamental to creating the conditions that help teams, including remote workers, imagine and execute the next big idea.

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A collaborative workspace to capture the imagination at Capgemini

By Tricia Whenham
on Sep 26, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Capgemini, a global leader in consulting and technology services, is always on the lookout for new digital solutions to meet market demands. For team members at the Netherlands office, that meant finding ways to increase participation in collaboration sessions and share information more easily.

With the help of Allinco VCS, they found new tools that not only addressed those needs – they also captured the imagination of the Capgemini team. The Nureva™ Wall and Span™ software have been used during brainstorming, visual collaboration and data sharing activities, and the impact has been striking. Watch this video to see how Capgemini is going beyond paper sticky notes to create a collaborative workspace that drives creativity and innovation.

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11 simple habits to improve collaboration with your team today

By Tricia Whenham
on Sep 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Collaboration isn’t new – in fact, recent research has revealed that the ability to share goals and work together might just have been a turning point in human development. But if you’re feeling like the word collaboration is everywhere these days, you’re not alone. Organizations are realizing that in this competitive landscape, a strong team can make the difference between a good idea and a great one. 

The prospect of becoming more collaborative can seem abstract and daunting, but small actions add up. Here are some practical steps you can take to move in the right direction.

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Can you spot the difference? The secret power of visual collaboration.

By Tricia Whenham
on Jul 27, 2017 7:30:00 AM

When you were a kid, did you play Spot the Difference?

You might remember the game from the back pages of magazines or restaurant menus. Two pictures side by side, with several subtle differences. Ideally, they were challenging enough to keep you out of your parents’ hair for at least a few minutes on a long car ride or wait in the doctor’s office.

Now, imagine playing the same game today – but the two images are placed in separate rooms, and you have to walk back and forth between them. Or the pictures are tiny thumbnails, and you need to squint to see the details. Or you’re working with a partner, and you can each only see one visual. You’d feel like the game was rigged – and you’d be right.

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Webinar: Meeting the needs of the dynamic meeting room

By Alan Cho
on Jul 19, 2017 6:00:00 AM


The numbers are impossible to ignore. On average, employees attend 62 meetings a monthIn the last two decades, the time people spend working collaboratively has grown by 50%. And 43% of employed Americans spend at least some time working remotely.

As the number of remote workers rapidly expands, so does the need for remote collaboration. Business is no longer confined to a single location. The people we work and collaborate with don’t always share the same space as us. And meetings no longer mean sitting around a table and passively listening to somebody talking. Yet, despite the changes to the ways we work, audio conferencing technology has remained relatively the same.

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