Can Figjam replace Miro?

Background

For first-time readers, a brief intro here.

I’m Shaun based in Kuala Lumpur. Who does digital product development from product research, planning, design, coding & engineering, deployment, QA, delivery and, feedback.

How do I use Miro?

For product user stories

Whenever we started a new product planning, pain points and users’ goals are always the highest priority and matter to us most. To sort out the user story, we often start with Miro with user story cards. Conventionally, a physical whiteboard that places around the dev team is the ideal tool for brainstorming, but since Covid-19 hits, remote working becomes a norm and an online Whiteboard becomes relevant.

Personally, before Covid-19 hits, I preferred online whiteboard tools with remote or distributed work. 70% of the team tasks get done on Slack, Miro, Figma, and Github. We try to skip face-to-face or video meetings as much as we can unless we hit blocker or face complicated topics.

For logic flow and architecture diagram

In addition to product planning, we also draft the logic flow to get the dev team to understand and buy into the user story or feature, and then based on the big picture, the dev team may start planning the architecture, services required to get the product go to market within the resources constraints such as time, effort, talents, budget, etc.

Sample digram of how we use Miro for

What do I ️️❤️ about Miro?

Easy onboarding with miroverse, the template library

As you can see from https://miro.com/miroverse/ massive templates make onboarding easy for first-time users, including myself. Exploring the template and making it fit our use case is entertaining, that’s the reason we love it and stick with it for 2 years plus.

Real-time whiteboard, collaboration friendly

The real-time feature makes everything so instant and boosts our collaboration effort. 👍 for real-time (unsure whether is WebGL)

The decent comment feature eases the follow-up

We rarely miss the comment due to its notification, even if they’re more than 10 collaborators at the same time.

App & Integration

This is a killer for most of the SaaS nowadays, most of us don’t work in a silo. We use GDrive for file sharing, Slack for communication, Trello/Clickup for tasks, and Notion for team doc. App & integration between those SaaS makes it an important driver when we consider the SaaS.

Why did I switch to Figjam?

In recent product planning, we try to play around with FigJam, and boom! Another decent tool was discovered. Although the non-designers within the team prefer Miro, non-designers decided to learn FigJam and familiar with it.

All our current design files(visual, wireframe & mockup) are on Figma.

Most of our visuals, wireframe & mockup reside on Figma, switching between Figma files is less hassle compared between Figma & Miro.

Real-time board and comment features

All the things we have on Miro, we have here on FigJam.

Community

Community health has always been a driver for us to choose the SaaS, even open-source tech stacks. With community support and sharing, it becomes pleasant when we hit issues, some other people may face it before and they share the solution online.

Another plus point about community is the generosity of the people sharing their design and work to make other’s life easier. That’s why I always preaching people around me. After you benefit from other efforts, please help credit them and pay whenever there’s an option. Sustainability is the key for the community to grow further.

Using FigJam for product research

Conclusion

😊 My emoji says it all…

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