I propose that our next conference call include online project management, using two initially-free tools. My business group has recently switched to using
GoToMeeting for online presentations. I have been using
Project KickStart since the old DOS days. It’s a great tool for creating an initial draft of a project. During the conference call, we would all log in to GoToMeeting and I wouldn’t data into Project KickStart on my PC for all of us to see at once. That way we can brainstorm together and record our ideas. There is a chat window for sending messages, too, so people could type in their ideas and thoughts there, and I could then move them to Project KickStart. The results can be exported to other software.
Brainstorming sessions like this often benefit from a few rules. Here are the 4 rules I learned at the Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Club: Anything goes, OK to add on to others’ ideas, Keep it short (10 words or less, probably), No “Yes but”s. This process can generate a lot of useful information. Subsequent steps clean up the list, estimate timelines, assign tasks, etc.