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I have an idea!

„An idea? Tell me more, Thomas!“ „I could improve the efficiency and durability of light bulbs by inserting an evacuated piston and a high-impedance filament made of burned bamboo viscose.“

Some ideas are just fascinating. Like this one by Thomas Edison. His light bulbs were the first to be produced serially and thus were affordable for many people. Others seem rather small and make tiny aspects of life easier. Some people come upon their ideas when waking up. Others in a conversation. Sometimes brainstorming facilitates the generation of ideas, sometimes a good and cold shower.

Ideas are the driving force of progress. They lead to innovation, to new operations, new possibilities. Sometimes they lead the wrong way. What is always important is a simple and effective approach to managing and evaluating ideas. Difficult, but wait – I have an idea: in-STEP BLUE.

Ideas Management with in-STEP BLUE: Always a Good Idea.

Ideas Management With in-STEP BLUE: Always a Good Idea.

What do employees expect in terms of ideas?

I work for a company. I have an idea. What do I want to do? I want to tell other people about my idea. I want to discuss it and get feedback by my colleagues and my superiors. Of course I want to know whether my idea is going to be implemented.

I am an “Ideas Manager”, a person that evaluates ideas. I want to know about new ideas as soon as possible, what issues they address and what advantages they create. I need an overview of ideas I have dealt with and ideas that need to be reviewed. Maybe I want to shelve some ideas, or even reward the provider of an idea.

How it is done: Effective Ideas Management

With in-STEP BLUE you organize your ideas in such a way that it perfectly works for your company. A large-scale organization usually has a number of rules and regulations. Defining the scope of support is paramount.

You have a vision of perfect Ideas Management. What is your approach? For example, do you want to gather requirements in individual projects of organization-wide? How are the forms going to look like and what about the employees’ expectations?

in-STEP BLUE’s configuration manual guides you through the individual steps of how to set up your individual Ideas Management. Simply put, you just need to follow these 7 steps:

  • Step 1: Definition of roles
    A dedicated “Ideas Manager” to oversee and evaluate ideas is helpful. Creating a correspondent role is easy.
  • Step 2: Defining categories with property types
    Which properties do you want to save? Goals, advantages and evaluation? Define these properties as types, in its own category.
  • Step 3: Creating a form
    The in-STEP BLUE FormDesigner is easy to use. Select and arrange the desired controls and connect them to the property types defined.
  • Step 4: Saving the form as template
    Save the form in your system as a template for re-use.
  • Step 5: Defining state spaces for an idea
    An idea has different states. From definition to defined, from in review to reviewed, maybe to deferred, etc. Defining the states in a state machine is…easy.
  • Step 6: Creating a product type
    Create a new product type for an idea and assign the template you have just saved. Also, assign the correspondent state machine.
  • Step 7: Defining views and view groups
    You’ll guess it: It’s easy. Define the adequate views for the employees and test managers.

That’s it. Done. Easy.

Michael Schenkel believes in useful tools, that support users in their work and that provide a common working environment for all types of roles in a project. He became a member of the microTOOL family more than fifteen years ago and took over the position of head of marketing for about half a decade. In October 2017, he moved on to a new adventure and we wish him all the best on this new path.

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