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A Mind-map is “a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, and decision making.”

The concept of Mind-map comes from a British psychology author, Tony Buzan.

Here’s an example of a Mind-map, that explains the very concept of mindmaping!                         

 I find Mind-maps pretty useful to organize my ideas when I’m brainstorming on a subject.

You can of course do it manually on a sheet of paper, but I find it neater to do it electronically … There are several softwares that can help you draw your mind-maps, either dedicated ones (iMindMap, ConceptDraw MindMap, …), or softwares that include mind-mapping possibilities (MS Visio, …)

Recently some web based mind-mapping application have been created. They are usually free (at least a basic version, with payable full versions), and easy to use, making them a pretty good solution for people who may not install softwares on their PC (thank you IT security!), and who do not wish to pay for it either!

I have been trying Mindomo in the last few days, and it works great.

Has anyone tried this kind of technique? What is your experience?


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2 thoughts on “Mindmapping

  1. I used MindManager in the past, creating mind map and using mindmap as support for process or knowledge transfer.
    It is a way to capture formally idea discussed during Brainstorming session for example.
    I never used MindManager to its full capacity though.

    I feel MS Visio is more for architecture design drawing or data/process flow (for the usage and experience i have with it).

    Say in a solution. I would use MindManager first to gather the data (business requirements, risks, technical specifics, etc etc)
    Then I would use MS Visio to build the architecture design for the solution.

    just my 2 cents.

    Posted by Gaetan | 6 March, 2007, 3:34 pm


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