Have you ever been part of a team where misalignment slowed down the project or even derailed it completely? Whether it’s a simple miscommunication or a lack of understanding, misalignment can happen at any stage of ideation, planning, designing, or building. According to research conducted by Lucid Software, 45% of workers believe better documentation of project goals and progress can improve team alignment. As the need for constant innovation becomes increasingly important, teams can’t afford to fumble through communication missteps or inefficient workflows.
That’s where Lucid Software’s Visual Collaboration Suite comes in. It’s a comprehensive solution, compiled of Lucidchart and Lucidspark, designed to empower teams to stay aligned continuously and bring their ideas to life faster. With a strong foundation upon which good ideas are born, the suite provides the capabilities that help modern teams streamline their workflow from the start of a project all the way to completion.
But why do teams struggle with alignment in the first place? Today’s world of work is becoming increasingly complex. Hybrid work has challenged the efficiency of cross-functional collaboration, decision-making, and knowledge-sharing with misalignment starting as early as ideation, where not everyone might speak up during a brainstorming session. Sometimes, even when good ideas are shared, teams struggle to align on how to move to the next step.
Lucid’s Visual Collaboration Suite addresses these challenges by centralizing critical information, providing insights necessary to make the right decisions, and connecting teams across their entire project workflow. And recently, Lucid added new capabilities to the suite to empower teams further in streamlining their workflow, gaining deeper insights, and reducing context switching. Let’s take a closer look at each of them.
Streamline ideation with Collaborative AI
Lucid’s Collaborative AI enhances brainstorming features and helps teams move into action quickly by synthesizing and sorting ideas into key themes. Instead of getting stuck during a brainstorm, Collaborative AI helps teams unlock the power of divergent thinking and move quickly into action by using artificial intelligence that integrates into your existing workflow, helping you get more done in less time. For example, a marketing team can create multiple campaign ideas within minutes by typing in key prompts and having Collaborative AI aggregate results within seconds. This enables them to execute faster and ultimately reduce project completion time.
Fuel collaborative decisions with Visual Activities
Visual Activities is designed to help teams capture the right feedback to reach consensus throughout projects, reducing time-consuming discussions that delay progress. It helps teams unlock insights needed to make confident decisions together. Within Visual Activities, teams can prioritize ideas, gather feedback, and increase team engagement by choosing from a library of activity templates to collaborate on both in and out of meetings. Visual Activities can automatically aggregate collective feedback, making it easier for team leaders to identify common themes, areas of focus or dissent within seconds.
Centralize communications with Team Spaces
Scattered information and lack of accountability can threaten team alignment throughout any phase of a project. Team Spaces brings teams and resources together in a virtual hub where they can launch into current or new work, view team goals, and coordinate progress. Within Team Spaces, it’s easy to create and access a repository of all relevant documents. Lucid connects with your favorite workplace tools, whether it’s Microsoft Teams, Google Workspace, Slack or Figma, and allows all relevant documentation and data to be accessible in one place.
Team Spaces is the perfect place to centralize communication in an era where messaging or other forms of communication can span over multiple apps. Within a space, users can message team members or assign actions, promoting alignment without needing a meeting.
Reduce the time from ideation to execution with Universal Canvas
Finally, Lucid’s Universal Canvas helps teams reduce context switching. It allows teams to transition seamlessly between Lucidchart and Lucidspark depending on their needs throughout the workflow. It’s a singular place where the entire team can work while remaining on the same page. While virtual whiteboards, like Lucidspark, may be more effective during ideation or brainstorming, a strategic diagramming solution like Lucidchart is better for developing a plan to execute a project. For instance, a tech development team can switch from an ideation task in Lucidspark whiteboard mode over to strategic diagramming with Lucidchart when planning out how they will execute a project.
Lucid’s Visual Collaboration Suite is the solution teams need to efficiently bring their ideas to life. Lucid’s industry-defining approach to visual collaboration allows everyone to work in sync, regardless of personalities, working styles, and app preferences, and power continuous innovation. With Collaborative AI, Visual Activities, Team Spaces, and Universal Canvas, communication missteps and misalignment become a thing of the past.
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