Mind Map Sample
After the brainstorming session on process improvement, you hear a colleague, Brian, discussing the meeting. Brian's take on the next steps is completely different than what you heard. Was he in the same meeting?
Enter mind mapping. During a brainstorming session, mind mapping clarifies and facilitates the creation of a shared vision and shared collaboration within a team or a group. No reams of notes. This simple mind map of a pc hardware configuration could have been sketched on an easel pad, a white board, or a smart board. When using a mind map, the team can see how the various pieces of information fit together. Splendidly, the information is being recorded real time and the team is free to brainstorm and collaborate without taking notes.
Mind mapping is often used in project planning, business analysis sessions, brainstorming, and presentations in both business and education. The visual diagram improves understanding. It is a great tool for collecting thoughts; finding
solutions to problems; planning resources; and discovering new and creative ideas in collaboration with others.
You can find free mind mapping software packages for your desktop on the internet. Four examples of free mind mapping software are
Mind 42 http://mind42.com
FreeMind http://sourceforge.net/projects/freemind Text 2 Mind Map https://text2mindmap.com/
For a comprehensive review, “24 Essential Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tools” by Grace Smith can be found at http://mashable.com/2013/09/05/mind-mapping-tools/
Smith also lists iOS and Android mind mapping apps that may interest you.
Try mind mapping on your next project, presentation, or process improvement. I think you will be surprised at the outcome.