How can I track ideas for my project?
October 29, 2007 3:18 PM Subscribe
What tools exist to track ideas in a project?
posted by cptspalding to Computers & Internet (16 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I oversee a project that has a lot of moving parts -- various deadlines, multiple "bosses" with their own ideas about what should/could be done and lots of little milestones. I've been able to develop a method for keeping up with deadlines and milestones, but I've yet to find something suitable for tracking what I call nuggets of information. These are more amorphous ideas and concepts that come up during meetings or conversations and don't neatly fit into a deadline or milestone but still are important to remember. (It's hard to give an example, but sentences that start with "It will be important to remember...." or "We should really be sure to consider...") usually contain nuggets. Right now, I just record them in my project notebook, but then I forget about them, or can't find them when I need to. As a result these can often slip through the cracks until six months later someone remembers them.
In my younger days I could remember these things, but either my work has gotten a lot more complex or my memory isn't what it used to be (or both) So what I'm looking for is something that would allow me to track these nuggets. I'd like to be able to store the nugget, the date, who said it, priority and some keywords associated with it. I could then query the nuggets, prioritize them and find them if I needed to at a later date. If the app was online, that would be ideal, but its not a necessity. Also Mac or PC -- I could handle either one. If nothing like this exists, I can set up a quick Access database for this, but I don't want to reinvent the wheel.
Solutions I've tried and found lacking for this task: Backpack, Omni Outliner, Word file, Curio.
Does an nugget tracker exist? Is there something I'm missing about the solutions I've listed above that would allow me to do what I want? How do you track these kind of things?