What is a Mind-map? Tool to visualize thoughts, ideas, plans and tasks Items are arranged radially around a central key word or idea Effective in: Idea generation: enables free, unstructured flow of thoughts and ideas Content visualization: brings out a clear picture of intended action Data classification: helps in categorizing info, tasks and other elements Information organization: serves as an abstract knowledge base
Mind-Map ExamplesMind-map by Chandra Dehankar, PSL
Advantages Better focus on the central idea Reduces mental clutter, Better clarity of thoughts Triggers creative associations and relationships Reduces note-taking and content-organizing time A great way to add structure to brainstorming sessions Non-linear approach stimulates creativity and free flow of thoughts Ability to see the bigger picture without losing attention to details Improves memory and retention
Mind Mapping ToolsCommercial: Mind Free: FreeMindManager Free, desktop Feature-rich, industrial application strength Keyboard-friendly Ribbon interface Export to Seamless integration HTML, XHTML, PDF, with MS- Office and PNG, SVG, Flash, Wi MS-Project ki Export to multiple Extensive support and formats documentation!
Mind Mapping ToolsWeb-based: Other: Pen & Paper!MindMeister Pen-and-paper is one Free, web-based of the most effective Minimal, simplistic UI combinations Export to text Writing helps you outline, PDF, JPG, PN remember! G, or GIF.
Creating a mind-map Start with a central idea. Draw at least 4 branches radiating outwards from the central image. Write “key topic” words along these branches. Draw additional branches that extend from your main branches. The words on these branches are essentially sub-topics of the words you wrote on your main branches. Keep expanding the Mind Map outwards with additional sub sub-topics / key words and branches. Interlink the branches/nodes with each other whenever an association exists.
Case Study: Orange Bytetransformation Orange Byte is the quarterly newsletter published out of Persistent Systems, Nagpur center. The team used mind-maps for the October/Diwali 2012 edition. Mind-maps covered:- Milestones Planning Framework Set-up Content Gathering Design Decisions Tools Implementation Owner Responsibilities
Case Study: Orange BytetransformationBusiness Benefits / Value Addition: Professional and structured approach to newsletter release to ensure that the edition was published on time and exceeded the reader expectations A content-rich edition that boasted maximum number of articles, poems and sections. It is worth noting that the team decided to reserve some of the content for future editions. Elegant design that perfectly reflected the festive season of Diwali
Mind-maps: Industry view Virtually all Fortune 500 companies use Mind Mapping*, including: IBM BBC Hewlett-Packard Boeing Oracle General Motors Microsoft Walt Disney ―…advanced software can help us slice and dice information in ways that were impossible only a decade ago. But while we‘ve gone a long way towards optimizing how we use information, we haven‘t yet done the same for knowledge… OneNote and a new generation of ‗mind-mapping‘ software can be used as a digital ‗blank slate‘ to help connect and synthesize ideas and data— and ultimately create new knowledge.‖ – Bill Gates, Newsweek, (2009) * InnovationTools.com, Dec.2009
Further mind-mapping… Mind Map Inspiration Blog by Paul Foreman “The Mind Map Book” by Tony Burzan (1993) LifeHacker.com