What is Idea Management?
Idea management is about finding the most effective way to find and refine ideas. It means putting systems in place that help your team find, evaluate, and choose the best ideas for new products and strategies. Many organizations have inefficient policies surrounding new ideas; such as a suggestion box or a pitch to the senior management. True idea management reflects a system that allows all members of an organization to submit their ideas for fair consideration.
Why Should I use Idea Management?
If your organization has more than just a few employees, chances are there are a lot of great ideas for improvement that are not being heard. Structuring idea management allows you to manage a stream of ideas for your project or organization. This will allow your organization to grow and your projects to progress. Due to the fact that everyone in the organization will have a say in the ideas and projects that are selected, you will create a sense of community and ownership in the organization which leads to a happy and engaged team members. Idea management software can help you here to reach participants easier.
Do You Have an Example of How On-line Feedback Solves Challenges?
One of our favorite examples of the power of Knowledge Management is the GIZ. The GIZ is an organization that helps solve developmental challenges in many countries. This means that they work with various employees, governments and stakeholders around the world. When the GIZ needed to write a new policy they turned to us to use crowd sourcing to write the document. It started with a basic draft, and three weeks later hundreds of colleagues from around the world had contributed to the document. This crowd sourcing resulted in a more rounded and supported policy than the management team could have written on their own.
Who Will Participate in My Project?
Anyone you think will add value to the conversation! If you are setting up a feedback process for an organization, it makes sense that all of your co-workers and employees will be invited to participate in the project. You may also wish to open it up to dedicated fans or volunteers of your organization.
If you are a project group with one joint task to complete, you may only invite a small team to complete the task. This is common in writing documents and policies, however, you can still invite a large number of fans and community members to a policy project.
How Will Idea Management Help My Project/Organization?
This will vary depending on your goals. Idea management can help you shape and form your ideas, as well as helping overcome specific challenges. It can help your organization come up with new policies and strategies as part of a continual improvement process. One of the most important benefits of idea management is the shared ownership that comes out of projects. When everyone in the organization feels they have contributed equally to a project or process, they will be more likely to stay with the organization, and stay engaged in their work.
How Will I Get Started and Build My Community?
If you are using an on-line software like Golden Space, it only takes a couple of minutes to get started! You can begin by inviting people in your organization, and then considering extending the invitation to community members and fans. Once you’ve got them in the system you can start writing documents and sharing ideas! If you are ready to get serious about knowledge management, we offer a free tutorial with 7 helpful lessons. Get started today!
Our software makes structuring idea management easy. By storing your data in one place and providing around the clock customer support, all we leave you to worry about is the ideas.