Using Evernote for innovation can be an excellent way for many things related to your entrepreneurial work and especially your innovation process. How can you use Evernote for the innovation process?
When I work with clients who are entrepreneurs, one of the first thing I do is recommending them to use Evernote. So, this will be a basic tool for our future collaboration as a consultant and client. In the past five years, I have developed many different ways to use Evernote, and one of them is for innovation purpose.
For example, if my job is to help my client to build a more innovative company, we set up the notebook in Evernote. In this notebook, we will create all the necessary notes that required from the innovation process that we want to set up.
Here, I will share some ideas that can help you to use Evernote in your small business as a part of your innovation process. Usually, we use one notebook titled as “Innovation” and many tags related to the innovation process. So, if you want to use these ideas as a first create a new notebook titled “Innovation”.
Also, I am using the sharing capability of Evernote that enables me to share this notebook with the entrepreneur. Later, when all components will be designed he can share the notebook or specific notes with his staff members.
1. Evernote for Innovation: Innovation Ideas Pool
As I have already mentioned in some of my previous posts, the innovation process will need innovative ideas. So, the first tag you will need to create is “innovation ideas” tag. In such a case, each idea will be a note that will contain the name of the idea, description, research, analysis and initial rating of the idea.
Related to the idea pool, I have created templates and procedures how they can be processed in the future. Evernote’s collaboration environment is important for collecting different thoughts related to the specific idea.
2. Evernote for Innovation: Collection of Innovation Knowledge Base
The next tag that we create and use is a tag that will contain knowledge base notes related to innovation. What I want to achieve with this notes is to try to incorporate continuous learning about innovation.
Notes tagged as “knowledge base” can contain web articles, books, reports, quotes and everything else related to innovation. They can be useful for the company and people who will be part of the innovation process that we are installing. For example, here we can add scientific researches related to the products and services that the company is developing or will develop in the future.
The “optical character recognition” functionality and PDF searching makes knowledge to be available at the right time to the right person in the company.
3. Evernote for Innovation: Innovation Processes and Procedures
Your innovation process will have its own processes and procedures. Using Evernote for processes and procedures will mean to have a tag that will be related to them.
Usually, we are tagging these notes as “Innovation Processes and Procedures”. These notes will have process maps, process descriptions, and procedures with all steps to run the innovation process.
In such a way, we can share all these notes with staff members responsible for starting and running the innovation process.
4. Evernote for Innovation: Collaboration Between Staff Members
One way to use Evernote for the innovation purpose is to use it as an effective collaboration tool between staff members. From sharing ideas, solutions, suggestions to working together on different things… This is an important part of each innovation process.
5. Evernote for Innovation: Record and Follow Achievements
Additionally, we are creating tags rated to achievements of each cycle of the innovation process. In such a way, we can record achievements and measures in a note that will be tagged as “Achievements”.
These notes will help you to learn more about your innovation process at the same time implementing next cycles. This knowledge can be used for improvements to the process itself and next innovation cycles.