Idea management has gotten quite boring lately. Everyone, it seems has a tool. And they all do the same old thing.
Put your idea in. Vote a few times..
Be irritated when no one cares.
Repeat until you shut down idea management in disgust.
I’ve been dark for the last month or so on this blog, because I’ve been involved in imagining and building a fresh look at the problem.
Our realization was social interactions online are all very good, but they’re only useful for individual communications and one to many broadcasts.
If you’re trying to find the golden nugget, that gem of an idea that changes everything, you need a different unit of aggregation than individuals. You need to get quick, accurate consensus across groups.
So we built Icon, our new platform for collective intelligence. It’s a game with serious intentions.
Firstly, it’s a social network, but one with a difference. The basic unit of work is your expressed preference for one of you’re colleagues ideas over another. Instead of voting, you say “I’d rather have this, than that”.
Secondly, it is a game. Internally at Spigit, we’ve been using it for a month, and people get addicted quite quickly. Anyone can ask a question on anything, and expect to get quick results. Today, for example, someone started a whole thing on the best Super Power to have, and why?
At Spigit, the crowd is presently saying:
- The power to turn socially awkward situations into song and dance routines from Chicago
- The power to steal the super powers of others
- The ability to f**t glitter (this was suggested by one of our brilliant designers).
This from a field of lots of suggestions, most more serious than No. 3
Now, you’d think this was all spammy and time wasting, but actually, it is really good fun. Sometimes you need fun when you’re dealing with other questions which are presently running, such as
“What are the top product enhancements or bug fixes to enhance the customer experience” – Spigit Says “Enhance Idea Merge and Combine”
“Delocalizing Spigit- How best to work across timezones”, for which Spigit Says “Support a Shift System”.
What we’re doing with Icon is implementing “[Your Company] Says” for any question that anyone inside asks.
That’s an important new capability, and one that I think lots of people would like to have.
I invite you all to try Icon, and I’d love to hear your feedback. Its free.