Affinity diagramming made easy

runs on Windows
screenshot of StickySorter

You know the drill. You and a bunch of co-workers are sitting around in a room throwing ideas out about how to make or do the Next Big Thing. People are capturing the essence of these and scribbling them on sticky notes, which are then fastened on every vertical surface in the room. It's pretty easy to move these around and categorize them, in a process called "affinity diagramming."

There are a couple of potential problems here. First, you might run out of sticky notes (or a gust of wind might send them all flying). Second, it's going to work best if everybody is in the same room, so they can see all the notes. Maybe it's time to check out an electronic version of this tried-and-true method.

StickySorter is a tool put together by the folks at Microsoft (you've heard of them, right?). To track your next great idea, just create a new sticky and type it in. Individual notes support multiple fields, so you can easily track title, author, and other sticky-specific information. Drag and drop notes to associate them with other related ideas. And if you've got a ton of ideas you've already entered elsewhere, you can import all your wisdom via industry-standard CSV files. You can zoom in to get a more granular view, or zoom out the look at the big picture.

Naturally, StickySorter is a Windows app. You should be able to run it under WinXP and later. You'll need to be sure you have version 2.0 of the .NET Framework installed as well.

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One Response to “Affinity diagramming made easy”

  1. Jeremy says:

    This is a test software – Can it be used on sharepoint?