Tuesday, July 31, 2007

At What Stage of Growth Would My Organization need an Idea Management System?

I recently gave a series of talks on Idea Management Systems for the Australian Computer Society, and one question that was asked regularly is "at what size or stage of organisational growth would my organization need an Idea Management System"?

While the best answer would obviously depend on the particulars of your organization, I think that one good answer is that your organization would benefit from putting an Idea Management System in place at pretty much the same point of growth at which your organization would benefit from putting an intranet portal in place.

If you only have 5 or 10 people in your organisation in the same building and you can all talk to each other regularly in the lunch room, maybe a formal Idea Management System is of less value. But by the time you get to 30 or more people - and particularly if they are spread out across client sites or branch offices - perhaps it is time to start thinking about an intranet portal solution - and if you are committed to innovation, it is also time to start thinking seriously about putting an Idea Management System in place. If you have 300 or more people in your organisation, then perhaps managing innovation systematically through an Idea Management System becomes imperative.

1 comment:

Brad Cork - Improving People said...

I use a primitive idea management system in my business of just one employee! I have always had some way of capturing ideas to manage them regardless of how big the organisation is. Obviously the bigger the organisation the more expensive and complex the management system can be. Even the smallest organisation often generates many more ideas than they can implement at any given point in time. If these are not captured they are often lost. Once they are captured it is also easier to prioritise etc.

So I would say it doesn't matter whether you have one employee or 10,000... ensure you have an appropriate idea management system in place.

Have a great day,
Managing Director
Improving People