I read about the concept of mind-mapping many years ago and have never looked back, I use mind-mapping now whenever I need to get some ideas down quickly, in meetings or to detail complex concepts. Do you use Mindmapping? Do you know what it is?
Brainstorming, eclectic thought and wanting to get organized
* A speaker gets up to talk
* He introduces his subject, makes a point
* There may be discussion with various points made and
* A conclusion
It’s a seemingly linear process.
When in a meeting or taking notes somewhere, do you find yourself making what is in effect a list? One item after another – at least you retain the order of events.
However, have you ever thought that it might also be quite useful to group by subject? Mindmapping allows you to do this. The same text above can be expressed as follows in a mindmap:
As the meeting progresses, and discussion returns to the same subjects, relevant new information can be tacked on in the right places, keeping a more subject-based notation rather than a time-sequenced approach. This can be useful for summarizing and focuses thought on the subject matter.
Using Mindmapping in interviews
Mindmapping has proved very useful in software development, where interviews with users, and key players are often full of multiple cross-threaded information.
Mindmapping not only helps keep focus but provides numerous collection points for like information. Interviews can continue rapidly while retaining content. Often, a textual summary can be generated directly from notes taken in this way (using software such as iMindmap and iMindQ).
I have found Simplemind to be very easy to use. While these are very simple and contrived examples, the principles are sound.
In a few short strokes it is possible to summarize a concept, an idea or an essay plan on one sheet and make an idea recognizable at a glance.
Mindmapping a complex world
I would like to demonstrate how useful mindmapping can be as a tool in the information workers toolbox, for anyone who needs to summarize quickly. In the information age, we need a lot of tools to help us sift through the plethora of mails and concepts and subjects that we need to manage.
Mindmapping also taps into how we think and how we react with and perceive the world, a favourite subject for those who model human behaviour.
And like Jung who did not believe in psychology alone … there must be more to it than that.
Mindmapping is helpful in describing real-world systems as a precursor to more formal notation with UML.
Mindmapping is a very useful technique for rapid note taking, organising thoughts, recording the results of brainstorming sessions and on to generate constructive thought, structured documents and generally organising subject matter.
Mindmapping is one useful technique in structuring informal systems, a useful initial step in structuring unstructured information.
While other methods and techniques such as UML are available, mindmapping remains a powerful tool in the armoury. In particular in situations where even the nature of the information is as yet unknown and the course of discussions uncharted. Highly recommended for all students of information architecture!
In Fablab Mindmapping Atelier
See also Article on mindmapping as a concept
For reference see Lateral Thinking by Edward De Bono and Mindmapping by Tony Buzan
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