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These technologies all help leaders, teams, and facilitators work through multi-step collaborative activities online. Most support some version of online sticky note creation, anonymous contributions, idea ranking, and the visual organization of content. Some focus primarily on visual collaboration, making it easier for groups to see relationships between ideas. Others include support for sophisticated multi-step decision-making frameworks.

Note: Teams also use collaborative document editors, general purpose whiteboard software, and multi-function software for brainstorming and making decisions together online. Read this article to learn more about the different kinds of software available for online brainstorming and decision support.