Thesteps (or stage-gate process) is a tool commonly used in innovation to manage the development of new products or projects. It consists of several stages, each with a clear objective and defined success criteria. Projects must go through each stage formally before moving on to the next.
In a collaborative innovation platform, the stage gate process can be used to manage the development of ideas proposed by users. Stages can include idea gathering, idea evaluation, prototype development, market testing, etc.