Is the creative side of your brain bored by plain old vanilla meeting notes written on lined paper? Or are you a linear thinker who’s trying to inject a little right-brain creativity into your project management? Both scenarios will benefit from mind mapping.
Mind mapping is a graphical technique for visualizing connections between ideas or concepts. Picture a spider web with the main topic in the centre and related thoughts stemming out from that centre point. Here’s a quick example illustrating a mind map for a family vacation.
I created this mind map in a program called MindMup. It’s open source which means it’s free (your CFO will love that). And it works in the cloud so there’s no software to install or maintain (your CIO will love that).
What’s It Good For?
- Brainstorming ideas
- Prioritizing To-Do items
- Organizing projects and teams
How To Get Started
Simply go to http://www.mindmup.com and you can begin working on the program. Press the spacebar or double-click the blue rectangle and enter a few words about your topic. That’s it! The user-friendly menu to the right of the screen provides easy support as you learn the functionality. They say their site is zero friction — and it truly is.
MindMup will store your maps as a public file in their own cloud storage, or you can send them directly to your private account in Google Drive, Github or Dropbox. Additional private storage can be purchased directly from MindMup but this is optional.
Enjoy your creative thinking!
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