Sometimes we talk to companies that start an ideation challenge in order to boost their idea management. When we ask them about the implementation process, we get the following answer:
“We will think about this later. First we want to see which ideas will come up.”
We wouldn’t call it a mistake in general, but communicating the process for implementing the best ideas shows that you are very committed to the ideation challenge. Although you might not know which results come up, you can surely provide a timetable and a first plan for the implementation.
Announcing your idea management campaign could include sentences like this one:
“The best ideas will be evaluated by an independent commission within two weeks after the end of the ideation challenge. We will communicate the results directly. We are planning to choose between five and ten ideas and provide the authors with resources to develop a concept for implementation. These concepts should be ready two months after the end of the campaign. We want to give the authors and their teams the opportunity to discuss the concepts with the top management. We are planning to implement at least three ideas in the final process and will support the teams in every way we can to make their ideas a success.”
In our projects, we encourage customers to develop and communicate clear plans. The Innolytics® idea management software and continuous improvement software provides companies with a tool to define clear goals in the process of implementation, so that they have an implementation roadmap and are able to control the implementation of ideas.