I have worked on Idea Management at Imaginatik since 1998 – I was in the room when the first was first coined as a discipline. During this time, I’ve heard many people, including purported experts, describing how idea management is supposed to work, and in many cases I am sorry to say that their ideas are simply wrong-headed. Why wrong-headed? Practical experience. If the goal is to have a successful program that works across an organization, spanning multiple years, then there are certain right and wrong ways of doing things. And there are plenty of success stories of companies getting it right (we have case studies on Pfizer and a bunch of other companies)
I have put together a list of the Top 10 Myths about Idea Management. I will be adding new content on the blog to expand the myth – and why they are wrong.
- All ideas are good – there is no such thing as a bad idea – click for more
- People need money before they will share their ideas – click for more
- We need lots of ideas
- Our company only needs a really simple process and system
- A central administrator is the best way to route ideas
- You can use an algorithm or formula to pick out the best ideas
- You should always be ready to listen to ideas
- The best ideas are the most popular ones
- You do not need dedicated resource to have a successful Idea Management program
- You can run an Idea Management program with standard software like a blog or a wiki
More to follow – developing the content over a coupe of weeks! And if you have any myths you’d like to add, please feel free to comment.