What is the best ideation tool for idea collection and management?
We're looking for a tool that is aligned to the nature of a "immature" organization entering into a innovation cycle. This tool should both support the nature of the challenge ahead and enable the development of the company and staff as we progress. Any advice?
Check out wantoo.io - A powerful platform that collects ideas, organizes feedback and suggestions to inform smart product decisions.
I recommend looking for tools that combine ideation with practical ways to create as well, check http://posterini.com , that combines creating visual assets with a brainstorming platform http://posterini.com/ideation
Here are the top ten: http://www.capterra.com/idea-management-software/ Good luck.
I wouldn't hesitate to say Evernote. Its consumer-facing design and client-for-everything addresses the maturity state of your org. The trivial cost of the business edition gives you storage, sync, search, OCR and the best 'gathering' tools out there.
Get a business subscription for everyone, create a massive shared notebook, get consensus on 5-7 tags and require at least 1 tag on every addition. (A shared notebook will rapidly become a mess; search is the only way to navigate, and tags will save your bacon.)
I read an article years ago - and like a dork, didn't put it in Evernote - about an architecture firm that uses 1 shared Evernote notebook for each project. That's it. That's their "systems infrastructure."
Bonus points - IF you have Mac users - consider putting Curio on every desktop as Jon Pietz suggested. It'll read the Evernote store, but it provides more visual tools.
Alternatively/additionally: cover a wall with tileboard, get whiteboard markers.
Snap a picture of it every day & send it to everybody.
Worked for Google...
We recently published an article on co-creation and ideation in the development of new products and services you might be interested in. The same concepts would apply http://bit.ly/1F9qyUE
You might want to look at the use of innovation boards which use short term secure and closed discussion communities to develop ideas, share documents and images etc.
I know exactly what you are talking about and have worked with a number of organisations that want to and need to involve employee teams in the change management process and the ensuing changes in product development. Its is a fine line for most organisations as you want people to be completely involved in the process without feeling they are being marked. So options like anonymous contributions and arms length reporting / sentiment and topic based reporting, also helps to make sure the innovation and ideas are not restricted by organisation culture.
Anyway check out the article and let me know if this is the kind of thing you are looking for.
My team and I use a simple Google Docs word doc that is shared with everyone who is working on a specific project where we write down and share ideas as we get them. This works incredibly well, it's very easy, and it's free. We also use evernote.
If your group is fairly compact, there's an interesting desktop app called Curio. It's a kind of electronic scrapbook that allows you to capture and organize ideas in any format from written, to visual, to audio, to mindmaps, and share them electronically. So therefore, it integrates with Evernote or Pinterest, or email. The downside is that there's a learning curve. But you don't need to master it in order to use it.
I usually start off my work with startups and small enterprises with the lean canvas (go and check out https://canvanizer.com/new/lean-canvas ). Once you have your team understanding the different blocks, you can use Trello to form specific boards, collect ideas there, add photos and supporting content/files and allocate actions around those ideas.
Another handy approach for keeping track of the time you spend, is it to write the estimated time for a task in square brackets and the actual time gets tracked in round brackets...e.g. you have a card: "research innovation stakeholders and prepare high level handouts" - (4)  - meaning you have spent 4 hours on this task that you have planned to take around 10 hours. The people you assign to this task in trello can update the round brackets easily. For simplicity, it is easier to use increments of 15 minutes instead of one hour, so the example above can mean, you spent 1 hour on this task that you estimated to take 2.5 hours to complete.
I am not sure about the size of your company/team, but this should be a good start for small to medium enterprises. Good luck and much success to you and your team!
Check out Trello.
It's a very powerful tool that can be used for so much. We use it to manage inbound marketing project and campaigns, collect ideas and as a task list on steroids.
It's simple in how it works but this simplicity is also very powerful and scale-able.
No particular tool comes to mind. In advance of the tool I would recommend that your organization establish clear, consistent PM processes. This would form the basis of establishing your requirements for the tool. Acquiring the tool should be treated like any other project.