Product Roadmap: Introducing the Idea Manager Role at Wazoku

By Flavio Biundo

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Wazoku is proud to announce a new addition to its platform – the Idea Manager role. With this new functionality, Challenge Managers will employ Idea Managers to shepherd ideas through every stage of development, streamlining the journey of ideas from inception to implementation.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the significance of this role, its key functionalities, and how it can revolutionize the way organizations foster innovation.

The Role of Idea Managers

The Idea Manager role serves as a pivotal link between idea creators and the implementation of their idea. By assigning dedicated individuals to oversee the progress of ideas, organizations can ensure that each idea receives the attention it deserves. Here are some key examples of how Idea Managers can be utilized:

Subject Matter Experts (SME): For ideas requiring specialized knowledge or technical expertise, SMEs can be assigned as Idea Managers to provide valuable insights and guidance throughout the development process.

Problem Owners: Leveraging the expertise of problem owners and budget holders, Idea Managers can drive forward ideas with the greatest potential impact, ensuring alignment with organizational goals.

Innovation Champions: Tasked with nurturing creativity and fostering collaboration, Innovation Champions play a crucial role in guiding idea creators and teams towards successful implementation.

Decentralized Responsibility: By decentralizing the responsibility for idea management, organizations can utilize the talents of a broader pool of individuals while maintaining a consistent and efficient workflow.

Why You Should Utilize the Idea Manager Role

By expanding the pool of individuals involved in the process, Challenge Managers will be able to better delegate idea ownership, leading to increased engagement and improved outcomes and giving them more time to meet their other responsibilities.

In its initial iteration, Idea Managers will be manually assigned to ideas, with the flexibility to assign them at any stage of the process. In future iterations, we will include features including automated assignment based on challenge, category, or profile fields, which would further enhance efficiency and effectiveness.

Key Features and Functionality

The Idea Manager role comes equipped with a range of features to facilitate seamless idea management:

Permissions: Idea Managers are granted specific permissions for the ideas they oversee, including the ability to edit, progress, reject, or delete ideas, as well as manage evaluators and create private comment channels.

Notifications: Upon being assigned as Idea Managers, users receive email and in-app notifications, ensuring they are promptly informed of their new responsibilities.

Accessible Dashboard: Idea Managers can easily access their managed ideas through their profile page, streamlining the process of monitoring and tracking progress.

Innovation lies at the heart of organizational growth and success. With the introduction of the Idea Manager role, Wazoku empowers organizations to harness the full potential of their ideas, from conception to realization. By leveraging the expertise of dedicated Idea Managers and implementing robust management processes, organizations can drive innovation forward, unlocking new possibilities and driving sustainable growth.

The future of innovation starts here, with the Idea Manager role paving the way for a more collaborative, efficient, and impactful approach to idea management.

If you want to know more about this, or any of the other new releases to the Wazoku Product, either reach out to your Innovation Consultant or, if you aren’t a customer, request a demo here!

By Flavio Biundo

Flavio is a Product Manager with an engineering background who previously worked for Wazoku as software developer. When not in front of his monitor, he's spinning around the dance floor, following the positive vibes of Salsa or the passion of Bachata. If not dancing, he’s most probably watching a Roma game or singing a Queen song.