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"Everything Begins With An Idea." – Earl Nightengale


What is idea management? 💡


Idea management, in general, is the process of gathering ideas and insights from across the organization (employees, partners and customers) and communicating them using a common platform.


Why should you use an idea management tool?


As your remote organization starts to scale its business and teams become distributed across geographies, there is a high risk of individual departments getting siloed. Information gaps are created which eventually leads to ideas getting lost in translation. With incomplete information, the decision making process can also be biased.

An idea management tool can help you preserve the synergy between different departments within the organization and extract the best value out of each of them.


Essentials of an idea management tool


Ideally, the tool must have two features, as mentioned below, to fit in the innovation cycle (which can be different for companies) of an organization:

  • Simple and easy-to-use UI - This is an absolute essential, given that the process of idea documentation should not be interrupted with us trying to figure out where or how to put down those ideas in the tool. You can check out Sprint Boards for a great example!

  • Idea archives driven by analytics - Just because you cannot use an idea now, doesn’t mean the idea is useless. Idea archives can give deeper insights over time, as is the case with Spigit.

Below is our list of handpicked idea management tools that are apt for remote teams.


Retrium
Idea Management
Platform for agile retrospectives.
Added by David Horowitz
FunRetro
Idea Management
Collaborate with your remote team.
Added by Glauber Dutra Ramos
TeamRetro
Idea Management
Run retrospective meetings easily.
Added by Brad Ward
Ideanote
Idea Management
An innovation hub for the modern workplace
Added by Jakob
Idea Drop
Idea Management
Idea management software
Added by Indre Kulakauskaite
Upvoty
Idea Management
Turn user feedback into actionable product optimizations!
Added by Mike Slaats
Neatro
Idea Management
Effective agile retrospectives for everyone
Added by Julien Valente
Sprint Boards
Idea Management
Online retrospective tool for agile developers
Added by Ben Stones
Ideascale
Idea Management
Idea management platform that uses crowd-sourcing.
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Weekly digest of creative remote opportunities
Added by Jas Mowgood
Spigit
Idea Management
Innovation management at scale.
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Sideways6
Idea Management
Build better businesses through employee ideas.
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