Mind Mapping A Better View

Dr. Andrew Makar is an IT program manager and is the author of the Microsoft Project Made Easy series. For more project management advice, visit the website TacticalProjectManagement.com.

By integrating analytical processes such as scope definition and schedule development with non-linear, collaborative activities such as brainstorming, a mind-mapping solution can help project leaders do their jobs more efficiently and communicate to a broader audience more effectively.

A quick web search of “mind mapping software” yields more than 94 million results, including several leading providers: MindJet, FreeMind and iMindMap, among others. However, because the integration of project management and mind-mapping software is still a relatively new concept, only a few software vendors provide support for project management processes.
 
I recently started working with MatchWare MindView 3 and found it offers an impressive set of features for the project manager looking to quickly generate a work breakdown structure (WBS) and calculate a bottom-up estimate (see “Mind Mapping A Better WBS.” In this article, I discuss how the tool also supports schedule development with various charts and views.
 
MindView 3 has successfully integrated mind mapping and project management processes without third-party add-ons or customization, offering the benefits of mind mapping while supporting the rigor of scope definition, cost estimation and project schedule development. Let’s look at some ways this mind-mapping solution can …

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