Brainstorming Software

Brainstorming Software

Online brainstorming software that leads to results.

Launch a structured brainstorming session any time and involve your people's creativity. Generate better ideas faster with a brainstorming tool that leads to action.

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Wondering how to facilitate an efficient brainstorming session?

Collaboration and creativity is the real strength of your team but to run successful brainstorming sessions that result in action can be a daunting task.

It's true brainstorms are creative but they are not willy-nilly. If you run them without the right structure you end up with chaos and not with actionable results.

Lost in meetings

Lost in meetings

Ideas get stuck in meetings.

Who's going to write down all of the ideas and put them in a system? You often leave a meeting with only 1% of the ideas written down; the rest are forever lost.

Time Intensive

Time Intensive

Calendars are packed.

We get it, everyone is busy - including your teammates. You might be able to organize an all-hands once a year on the teamcamp but can the brainstorm session really wait that long?

Chaos

Chaos

Creativity ends in chaos.

As ideas are thrown at the wall you take a step back and all you see is a chaos of hundreds of ideas. How are you going to listen to everyone's ideas and and end up with chaos?

"The set-up is very intuitive and easy to use. The platform can be used for several purposes, not only online brainstorming sessions."

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Run efficient brainstorming sessions like a pro.

Unleash the creative power of your teams or clients with brainstorming software that supports you every step of the way. From best practice templates to keeping focus to running an efficient process, Ideanote is enterprise-grade brainstorming software that anyone can use to facilitate successful collaborative sessions and end up with the best ideas.

Missing your office whiteboard? Try Ideanote, the online collaborative brainstorming tool. Free trial. No credit card required.

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Take your brainstorming online.

Let your people submit and edit their own ideas to your brainstorming challenge. Lean back as Ideanote analyzes and produces actionable insights. Learn what kind of ideas are completed, identify bottlenecks and improve the way you share ideas.

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Run asynchronous brainstorming.

Create a new idea collection from one of the 100+ templates and share it with your team. Then lean back as Ideanote's structured collaboration features allows everyone to add their ideas, constructive feedback and fair evaluations in the right order, by the right people at the right time.

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End up with the best ideas.

Ideanote gives you the perfect balance of simplicity and function. Develop, prioritize and act on ideas in effective bite-sized stages and combine ideas to end up with winning solutions that make a real difference. Even better, tracking ideas, assignments and member profiles give people real ownership.

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Forget switching between tons of different apps just to get your work done - use Ideanote's fully integrated Brainstorming software.

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Innovation leaders choose Ideanote for structured brainstorms.

You've gone through all the creative tools and marker pens - it's time to try a structured and efficient approach to brainstorming that makes sure everyone is heard all while saving time.

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Centralized

One central hub.

Never lose another idea. With Ideanote your team has a central dedicated home for their ideas that fosters a culture of sharing and listing and makes innovation a priority.

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All-in-one solution.

Get the full package of enterprise-grade brainstorming and innovation functionality.  Whether you collect, develop, manage, filter or act on ideas - you don't need to switch apps.

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Built for growth.

Ideanote is built for growth and allows you to brainstorm for growth by generating ideas with purpose and the right process from start to finish, even when being creative.

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"Two heads are definitely better than one and by brainstorming as a team and sourcing ideas from each other, you have a better chance of coming up with a strategy that will allow your business to overcome a setback or challenge."

Richard Branson
Founder, Virgin Group
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Free Brainstorming Software

Brainstorming is a collaborative process of generating ideas and creative solutions. It can be used in a project setting, such as problem solving or planning, or in a personal setting for generating novel ideas. The goal of brainstorming is to come up with a large quantity of ideas, but the focus is on quantity rather than quality.

Brainstorming is essentially the first stage of innovation. However, managing it properly can be difficult, especially if one has to coordinate with remote individuals. Fortunately, new web-oriented brainstorming tools allow you to share ideas among others and work effectively, even if they are not in the same location.

It’s not enough to “mindmap” ideas. You need to move them forward. Let’s get real. It’s not about ideas. It’s about making them happen. Your team needs more than a brainstorming tool. Cut the clutter and empower your people with a structured workflow that turns ideas into action. Brainstorming is an important part of productive thinking. In order to get your creative juices flowing Ideanote provides a range of features to capture many ideas in a short amount of time and sort through them.

Why Choose Ideanote as your Brainstorming Tool

Ideanote's brainstorming software allows you to collaborate with your team on a single workspace, generating both many ideas and some quality ideas as well as discovering breakthrough insights.

With all the time, energy, and thought it takes to develop an idea for a business or project, it can be tough to figure out where to start. Brainstorming is a way to think about ideas in a group setting which can help you generate more ideas faster while also building on your teammates' ideas.

With easy collaboration on Ideanote you can brainstorm with friends or colleagues to generate ideas on any topic instantly. You can see changes made in real time to your mind map through the collaboration - which you are able to access online on multiple devices for on-the-go creativity. From sticky notes for yourself to real-time idea collection for remote teams, Ideanote is a robust way to brainstorm online.

You can invite individuals from all levels of an organization to freely generate ideas and solutions to a specific problem. Ideanote harnesses the potential of creativity by allowing the mind to tap into some of its most powerful resources — the subconscious and intuition. By using a group of people to help generate new ideas, the process produces more ideas in less time than would be possible if one person were working alone.

Participants can attach video, image, and link attachments directly to ideas when brainstorming with Ideanote. Linking ideas together adds additional visual help to sift through the ideas you and your team generate.

Collaboration features are easy to use without having to run around. You can tag, comment on posts, share posts, upload posts and take collaborative notes. Ideanote goes above-and-beyond, with the ability to customize how you want to collect ideas. You can get a Free trial of the paid plans or stick with our Free plan for unlimited brainstorming.

Enterprise customers are happy.

From small teams to organizations with +100k employees, Ideanote is the trusted brainstorming tool that scales with your needs.

  • A central hub for brainstorming.
  • Get a structured, proven process.
  • Lead with ultra-fast idea generation.
  • Integrate with your existing tools.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is brainstorming?

Brainstorming is a group problem-solving technique in which participants try to come up with as many ideas as possible for a particular issue, product, or project without judgement.

Ideas are then combined, discussed and sorted to find new solutions for the problem. There are different ways to brainstorm including small-group discussions and asynchronous brainstorming. Brainstorming can take place in person or over the internet.

Why is brainstorming important?

Brainstorming is a way to generate ideas and solve problems collaboratively. When brainstorming is used, teams use “How Might We” questions to freely come up with a host of innovative ideas. Ideas and people can inspire each other and you can find new and surprising solutions to your problems.

  • It encourages open and creative collaboration.
  • It helps build stronger teams and strategies.
  • It helps generate new ideas quickly.
  • It enables consensus based decisions.

Where can brainstorming be used?

Brainstorming is an excellent tool to use in order to tackle any problem or issue. It can be utilized for anything ranging from marketing, to product development, to even just problem-solving for everyday problems. Brainstorming should always be used when you cannot find a solution on your own but it can also be used to build consensus and help with decision making even when you have a set path already.

What are the 10 rules of brainstorming?

Brainstorming sessions typically result in more creativity and better ideas when there is a set code of conduct. Absolute boundaries prevent people from seeing beyond their suggestions, but boundaries that encourage individualistic creativity can be very effective.

These are the 10 rules:

  1. Stay focused on the topic.
  2. Involve every person
  3. Stay positive and playful.
  4. Encourage wild ideas.
  5. Give people time to think.
  6. Aim for quantity first, quality second.
  7. Listen to one idea at a time.
  8. Don't judge ideas, including your own.
  9. Build on each other's ideas.
  10. Write every idea down.

What are the different types of brainstorming?

Team Idea Mapping, people can come up with ideas individually, shared and linked with other ideas.

Nominal Group, ideas are shared anonymously and then developed and nominated by the rest of the team.

Reverse Brainstorming, where participants come up with reasons why the problem can't be solved to inspire new solutions.

Phillips 66 Brainstorming, where six groups of six people brainstorm for six minutes and then present solutions.

Speedstorming, individuals use each 5 minutes to create 4 ideas that are shared with the next person to build on for a total of 3 times.

Brainwriting, each person generates ideas individually first and then only shares the best ones.

Group Passing, individuals write 1 idea and share it until they have received feedback from each person on their idea.

Question Brainstorming, each idea should inspire a question which in turn should inspire new ideas.

Mind Mapping, a visual way where the problem or question is branched out from the center to form a web of ideas.

Focus Group, where one concept or idea is presented for a pre-selected group of people for feedback.

Figure Storming, or the participants imagine being in someone else's shoes when they generate ideas; also called Role Storming.

The Stepladder, where people are introduced one at a time to encourage even shy participants to get involved.

Crawford's Slip, each participants has a limited number of submissions and time, ideas are grouped by topic and merged where possible.

Starbursting, where people are encouraged to generate questions before ideas are generated.

Charette Procedure, teams rotate topics and brainstorms their best solutions which are prioritized in the end.

Round-Robin Brainstorming, where people contribute an idea or feedback one at a time in a pre-assigned order.

How many phases are there in brainstorming?

Brainstorming typically has 3-8 phases. Preparation, Problem Pitch, Idea Generation, Open Discussion, Conclusion, Follow-Up, Idea Execution, Feedback Loop are the eight phases to be achieved for a successful brainstorming session. For a minimal brainstorm you'll only need to go through the Problem Pitch, Idea Generation and the Open Discussion.

How long should a brainstorming session last?

People's attention decreases after 45 minutes so if you plan on brainstorming longer or feel like you have not found the right solution yet take a break or revisit the topic after some time. With asynchronous brainstorming you can also set a target like 100 ideas or a timed deadline.

How to evaluate the effect of brainstorming?

The effectiveness of brainstorming is difficult to determine because the process of generating ideas is not linear. There are many factors involved, such as the number of people in the group, how they are assigned to groups, and the quality of their ideas. If you want to be sure that your brainstorming session was effective, you can measure it by how many new ideas each person has contributed or if any of the inputs ended up being used in a real-world project. The impact of working with brainstorms and other techniques might also be seen in employee engagement and happiness.

What is asynchronous brainstorming?

When coordinating with remote teams, it is often difficult to find a time that not only works for everyone but creates the most efficient meeting. Asynchronous brainstorming is an excellent way to work around this problem and provide maximum benefits for all participants. With asynchronous brainstorming, conversations do not conclude at the end of live meetings - instead, a goal driven idea collection is opened which allows anyone to answer questions and iterate on the ideas given by others while everyone can keep on working focused in their own time.

Unlike the common brainstorming meeting, this process is asynchronous. You can explore your creativity without worrying about deadlines or deadlines for ideas.

When does brainstorming fail?

Without clear goals and some guidance by the host brainstorming can devolve into chaos, groupthink or a conversation dominated by the few. Setting clear goals for your brainstorm session helps make sure that the creative output is genuine and complements a larger goal, even if it does not serve as input to the larger project.

For big company decisions, or policies that might disadvantage one group in favor of another, a quick brainstorm session can lead to a bad outcome.

Brainstorming is best for those lingering, medium-sized problems that have already hung around longer than they should.

What is the role of the facilitator in brainstorming?

Don't hesitate to assign a group leader to give all idea contributors motivation and make sure everyone is having fun. When someone suggests something, they encourage him or her to speak up so others can share their thoughts.

Brainstorming, which requires a free-flowing, creative process for ideas, has its own rules that should be followed to achieve success. The most important of these rules is that people must avoid evaluating ideas during the process: quality and focus come at a later time.

What factors should ideas be evaluated on?

To avoid wasting time and resources, there needs to be clear criteria for selecting the best ideas. The most widely used criteria is the so-called ICE-score, evaluating an idea on Impact, Certainty and Ease.

Other criteria that you should consider when evaluating ideas are how Useable, Stable, Creative, Radical, Scalable, Sticky, Profitable, Focused, Actionable, Implementable or how Aligned an idea is on a scale from e.g. 1-5.

In most cases evaluating ideas on more than 3 criteria is not practicable for the idea evaluators.

Can I trial Ideanote before paying?

Sure! Start your trial here. You can test out our paid plans for free for up to 5 days, no credit card required. After that you can continue to use the free plan or contact us to extend your trial.

How do I get started?

Create a free workspace to get started. We'll ask you for a few basic details. Then you're in.

Does Ideanote integrate with other apps?

Yes, Ideanote integrates with 1000+ other tools. Browse the Ideanote integration marketplace for inspiration.

How long does it take to learn Ideanote?

Read some customer reviews on our wall-of-love to hear how easy it is.

It is revolutionarily easy to get started. Ideanote is the only innovation- and idea management solution that lets you get started on your own for free - without ever even having to talk to sales. Creating a workspace and launching your first idea collection takes 2 minutes.

From there Ideanote just explains itself. If you're new to running innovation in your team, our video and in-app tutorials will help you grow your efforts in no time.

How can Ideanote be so affordable?

Really simple; our mission is to make ideas matter everywhere and not just for companies with large budgets. Ideanote is a product company servicing customers of all sizes and all industries across languages around the world.

The size of our market allows us to charge less per customer, thereby making the tools of innovation available to everyone.

Can Ideanote handle large volumes of traffic?

Yes. Ideanote workspaces scale automatically to handle millions of concurrent visits. All plans benefit from top-of-the-line Google Cloud page speeds - letting your people load and submit ideas without delays.

Do you offer discounts for students, non-profits and NGOs?

Ideanote wants to support people in the world who are doing good things. That’s why we offer special discount pricing for qualified nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.

Do you offer a special plan for startups?

If you work for a startup, you might be eligible for up to 90% off Business and Enterprise plans through the Ideanote for Startups Program. Chat with us to hear more.

How is my data protected?

We take security very seriously. Your data is protected with HTTPS enforcement and Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.3 with SHA-256 hashing and RSA-2048 signing to keep them private during transit. At rest they are kept safe and encrypted in our SOC2 compliant Google Cloud Kubernetes Datacenter.

On top of the security features of our datacenter we have:

  • 128-bit SSL encryption of all data transfer in our platform.
  • Daily backups of all your data, in case anything goes wrong.
  • Security protocols where we work.

For more details you can always read our resources on security and compliance.