Collective notebook method

Collect ideas over a longer period of time – first alone, than together

Would you like to apply the collective notebook method quickly and easily? Let IdeaClouds guide you step by step.


The collective notebook method is a brainwriting variant. It is suitable for collecting ideas over a longer period of time. All participants initially collect their ideas on their own. In a second step, they put all the ideas together and work on them in teamwork.

IdeaClouds has provided its own process for this. With the push of a button, the moderator can end the phase in which the participants collect ideas on their own on a virtual private workspace. IdeaClouds then brings all participants and all ideas together in a virtual shared workspace.


A cost engineer wants to identify potential cost savings as part of a value analysis. He decides to collect ideas using the Collective Notebook method. A team of engineers and sales staff should first generate ideas alone for a week before they meet to brainstorm together.

IdeaClouds automatically assigns each participant their own virtual private workspace. The participants should note at least one new idea there every day.

After a week, the cost engineer completes the first step of collecting ideas and starts the team phase by pressing the button "Next step". In the team phase, the team first groups duplicates together and then works together to develop the collected ideas.

The team then prioritizes all ideas to determine which idea has the greatest potential for cost savings.


1. Describe the problem you want to solve (e.g. "Where can we save costs in the manufacture of our new product?").

2. Start an IdeaClouds workshop with the Collective notebook method

3. Invite participants

4. Let participants brainstorm on their own for a week.

5. Start the team phase, let the participants group duplicates and try to improve the ideas.

6. Start the evaluation phase and let the participants prioritize the ideas.

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