The Great Idea Path — From Concept to Implementation

Online whiteboard is kind of a service, which helps people improve their workflow at any stage of the project — from idea search to implementation.

Actually, endless whiteboards allow you not only write down the ideas but also go through the whole process of turning your idea into the final project.

In this post we are going to:

  • share some tips about working on your ideas in RealtimeBoard and
  • share one of our favorite presentations from Distilled.

From Concept to Completion: Tips for Designing Great Content

Here’s an amazing example from Vicke Cheung, graphic designer at Distilled. In this presentation, she shows how the idea comes to the content from designer’s point of view. You’ll find here a lot of useful tips and links to cool software.

Idea Path in RealtimeBoard (+ some useful tips)

Generally, Great idea path, that is determined by the tool you use, consists the following steps:

  • brainstorming;
  • collecting references;
  • prototyping the mockup;
  • revision and discussion;
  • presentation and implementation.

Be able to go through those steps while maintaining Great idea success factors — visualization and cross-functional team participation.

This path is valid as for culinary blog post writing as for tech device invention. Let’s see this process in more details on RealtimeBoard features example.

Step 1. Idea Birth — Brainstorming

To start the Path in RealtimeBoard, you’ll need to create a board, invite your team and go ahead! This tool is actually much bigger than a usual whiteboard and can do even more. Use sticky notes, shapes, texts and markup tools to collect the ideas and visualize them. You’ll be able to get back to the board, review the ideas and add new.

It needs no saying that the more attention you pay for the first step of any process, the better result you receive. In order to make brainstorming more valuable, challenge each idea with the golden rule by Taffy Williams — are these a Must Have or a Nice to Have?

Step 2. Collecting references

When you start doing something, it is good to see what others have already done. Add pictures, videos and screenshots with your competitors’ ideas and best practices to see all of them at one glance. Use + button on the tools panel and Chrome Extension to add files and screenshots.

Step 3. The Concept Map or Prototype

The first step to visualization of your idea is a prototype. If you are working on a website or an app, use RealtimeBoard prototyping library for creating a mockup, if you are working on offline project, use shapes and links to create a map of your product, service or campaign.

Concept map for Just Add Talent project by Unbounce

Step 4. Revision and discussion

When you have something to show, you can ask your colleagues, experts and friends give you feedback (or you can do that for others). RealtimeBoard allows you to comment every element of your project in a simple way and reduce the amount of emails in your inbox!

Step 5. Presentation and export

After your work is finished, you can create a RealtimeBoard presentation or export your board. Use the variety of options in Share menu and demonstrate others what you have done!

When we hear stories about eureka moment during Great idea development, we know, that it is not a magic but the tip of the iceberg. Even if the author seems to be unaware of 5 idea path steps with 2 success factors, he frequently uses them intuitively.

Go to RealtimeBoard and develop new Great idea for your project!

This article was originally issued on RealtimeBoard blog, where you can find more articles devoted to service usage, productivity, collaboration, planning and case studies.

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