Anonymous ideation is a powerful tool to improve collaboration in meetings. It brings out ideas from those who are introverted or, for other reasons, uncomfortable participating in a group. It allows ideas to stand on their own without the bias inherent when associating the idea to the person who suggested it. And it provides a safety-net for those who are concerned that their idea may be controversial, offering shelter from reprisal, real or imagined.

Bottom line: anonymous ideation gets more ideas on the table, and that’s almost always a good thing. Instant Agenda has several mechanism to provide safety in meetings, and anonymous ideation is one of those. We’ve made some recent changes which make this functionality even better.

Previously, when a retrospective idea or a meeting topic was created anonymously, the person who suggested it lost control of it. That meant that after it was created, they could not edit or delete their suggestion or move it to a separate category (for retrospectives). Many of you told us you found this disorienting and less-than-ideal.

Based on your feedback, we’ve updated this functionality so that those actions are now possible after anonymous ideas or topics are created. They can be edited, deleted, and moved just like ideas and topics that are not created anonymously.

We hope this makes it even easier for you to get everyone’s great ideas into your meetings. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to use the feedback button in the app. Also, we’re always happy to hear from you directly — just schedule a 15-minute call with us using this link:

Rick Lansky

Co-Founder / Technical Lead at Instant Agenda
Rick Lansky has a varied history in both hardware and software. He began his career as a computational physicist working in the disk drive business. After many years, he awoke one day to the realization that life as a scientist in a commodity business can be challenging. He degaussed his career and made the leap to web-based software where he’s been happily solving customer problems ever since. He’s currently the co-founder and technical lead of Instant Agenda, a project within with the CA Accelerator.

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