Business Management · Project management

What do you use to organize your thoughts on new projects?

Samofalov Aleksey QA Specialist at Luxoft

December 6th, 2016

I'm in the early stages of planning a website, and for me this means jotting down lots of thoughts and ideas as I work to develop the feature-set, user roles, descriptions of expected model/view/controller structures, and other pieces of information that go along with every project.

Previously I've used a basic text editor to organize this information, but given the scale of my new project I'm finding it lacking ... particularly since I have a need to share and collaborate with a business partner on some of these concepts.

I've tried a variety of tools ... both online, and offline ... but my desire to keep the project concept private until it's ready to launch, and my paranoia about how private the online "note-taking/project management" tools really are have left me going back to a text file for organizing all of my thoughts.

What do others use to organize this type of information? Is there something better out there?

Stephen Williams CTO & cofounder at Change My Path

December 6th, 2016

Mindmap software, which is essentially a 2D auto-layout of a hierarchy, is a nice upgrade to an outline.  However, I'm not aware of a perfect simultaneously editable version right now.  One of my favorite tools right now is: https://workflowy.com/ .  It has a number of nice features, including the ability to share a subtree easily and to tag and filter in a simple but flexible way.  I'm going to want all of those features in any future tool I use or build.

Aleksey Malyshev Software Engineer at iTouch Biometrics, LLC

December 6th, 2016

I found this tool valuable - https://www.lucidchart.com It is integrated with Google drive so you can share it with others.

Deryk Rieves Chief Experience Officer at Leadership Development Academy

December 6th, 2016

Mind map software.  Free mind is, well, free.  Mind Manager is a paid software.  Been using them for years.