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Mind Mapping® for project management – an overview

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Soon we will start publishing our new, PMBoK guide aligned and Mind Mapping® based project management framework "MP4PM".

And to kick this off we want to first look at the facts why Mind Mapping® in general is a great tool to gather, organize and transfer information and how it could be a help especially in project management efforts by utilizing Mind Mapping® software.

Mind Mapping® is a way of visually representing ideas and information. Just as geographical maps help people see where they’re going and help them anticipate and avoid obstacles, Mind Maps® let people lay out ideas and connect information in a way that helps identify dependencies, connections, and risks.

Mind Mapping® is a powerful technique and the advantages of Mind Maps® are many:

  • The relative importance of each idea is clearly indicated by how near it is to the center, which clearly features the main idea.
  • The links between key concepts will be immediately obvious from their proximity and connection to one another. The brain works primarily with key concepts that it links and integrates. Mind Maps® work in the same way, meaning that recall and review will be faster and more effective.
  • The nature of the Mind Map® structure allows for the easy addition of new information.
  • Each Mind Map® has its own unique pattern, which further aids recall.
  • The open-ended nature of the Mind Map® is a great aid to creativity, allowing the brain to make new and exciting connections with ease.
  • With practice, you'll find Mind Maps® help you to be your best in every thinking situation.
 
 
Uses Benefits
Learning
  • Reduce those 'tons of work'.
  • Feel good about study, revision and exams.
  • Have confidence in your learning abilities
Overviewing
  • See the whole picture, the global view, at once.
  • Understand the links and connections
Concentrating
  • Focus on the task for better results
  • Using all your cortical skills attracts your attention
Memorising
  • Easy recall
  • 'See' the information in your mind's eye
Organising
  • Easy recall
  • Be on top of all the details for parties, holidays, projects or any other subject
Presenting
  • Speeches are clear, relaxed and alive. You can be at your best
Communicating
  • In all forms with clarity and conciseness
Meetings
  • From planning to agenda, to chairing, to taking the minutes...the jobs are completed with speed and efficiency
Training
  • From preparation to presentation, they make the job easier and much faster
Thinking
  • Having a method to analyze thoughts - almost a 'way station' for them
Negotiating
  • All issues, your position and maneuverability on one sheet
Brain Blooming
  • The new brain-storming in which more thoughts are generated and appropriately assessed.

 

By looking at those use cases and benefits you might think “well, there are a lot of them appearing in project management also, right?” and yes, there are. Since project management is all about gathering information and work with them and also about communication, Mind Mapping® can be utilized for this actions in a great way. But then you may think “well, but all this paper work … and if it is written down, how to reorganize the information if necessary?" (and it will be, right?).


This is when software tools comes in place; software tools which are basing on the Mind Mapping® principles. Using such Mind Mapping® tools has the following six key benefits:

 

PROFESSIONAL MIND MAPPING SOFTWARE ...

-         LET PEOPLE WORK THE WAY THEY THINK

With professional Mind Mapping® software, you can brainstorm and capture ideas in freeform, and then add structure and depth. Drag-and-drop editing and markers let you apply order, connect ideas, and group concepts into themes. Built-in templates often make it easy to bring clarity to important projects, and completed maps give you a more effective way to communicate.

-         REDUCES INFORMATION OVERLOAD

Professional Mind Mapping® software lets you organize ideas and information in a single view so you can see connections and draw conclusions quickly. It’s easy to assemble content-rich information maps with attachments and links that let you process information without having to jump between different apps and browsers. You maybe even can even import tasks, email, and contacts from Microsoft Outlook to Mind Maps® to better organize your work life.

-         HELPS STRUCTURE BUSINESS, STRATEGIC & PROJECT PLANS

Professional Mind Mapping® software provides deep capabilities for organizing information to drive critical business processes and decision-making. More advanced features can include Guided Brainstorming tools, 2x2 analysis views, budgeting and forecasting tools, and numerous project management features where we look into in detail later on.

-         IMPROVES COMMUNICATION

Professional Mind Mapping® software visual format lets you show the big picture and then drill down to display details as needed, all in a single view. Improve meetings by quickly capturing discussion notes and follow-up action items in context. Use priority markers, symbols, and embedded images to highlight the most important points.

-         WORKS WITH YOUR EXISTING TOOLS

Professional Mind Mapping® software is integrated with Microsoft and Apple productivity apps, including MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS Project, and Apple Keynote and Pages. Individuals can map out their work in the professional Mind Mapping® software, and then publish final reports and proposals in the most appropriate format.

-         CAN BE USED ACROSS THE ORGANIZATION

Professional Mind Mapping® software may have an enterprise version which extends the value offering integration with Microsoft SharePoint to enable collective information management and collaboration. With the Enterprise Version people across the organization can use professional Mind Mapping® software intuitive visual frame - work to capture and organize information, then share editable maps so teams can solve problems, prioritize strategies, plan projects, and process information together.

After looking at the Mind Mapping® benefits in general and the advantages of using Mind Mapping® software especially we will know focus on the specific benefits of using the combination of them applied to project management:

Successful project management depends on effective management of expectations and commitments. Mind Mapping® software helps you keep teams in alignment on the decisions and tradeoffs that determine if a project will meet goals and deadlines. Create a blueprint for your project by defining goals, prioritizing issues, capturing stakeholder input, and validating requirements—all in one application.
 

  

MIND MAPPING FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT 

Visualize Goals

Clearly defining goals and prioritizing issues means getting input—and more importantly, buy-in—from the entire team. Mind Maps® give project teams a virtual whiteboard for brainstorming where every idea and concern can be surfaced and cataloged. Mind Maps® help teams think visually so they can quickly lay out deliverables and identify any gaps in the plan.

 

Validate Requirements

Adequately validating requirements is one of the first steps to ensuring project success. Quickly capture stakeholder input in a format that encourages participation. Verify decisions by visually ordering and reordering topics, drilling down to review details, and using priority markers to provoke essential trade-off discussions.

 

Manage Resources

Use Mind Maps® to create detailed process maps to intelligently allocate resources and identify dependencies. Mind Maps® helps everyone involved see the big picture and all the details in context. And if needed, you can export straight to Microsoft Project and other MS Office products and also the independent and high flexible HTML5 format (can be opened by any web browser!)

 

Adjust and Optimize

Quickly make adjustments when schedules and resources change. The task roll-up feature shows the overall impact of changes to assignments and dependencies so that everyone can understand (and respond to) the implications of schedules and budgets. Integrated Gantt charts provide a timeline view of your schedule.

 

Agree on Budgets

 

Create and manage project budgets in the project Mind Map® alongside priorities and schedules—all in one place. Most professional tools have a feature to quickly set up formulas throughout your map and use the formula editor to add more sophisticated calculations. Conduct “what if” analyses by dragging topics into or out of the formula’s range to immediately adjust the calculations.

 

Be Prepared

Most of the professional Mind Mapping® tools (like MindManager or XMind for instance) helps you often get started faster with project map templates and pre-built map topics for creating project charters, plans, status, and timelines. Once you create a project, you can save your working Mind Map® as a custom template to guide future work, reducing the time needed to start your next project.

And this is exactly what we want to provide with our “MP4PM – MindmaPping for project management” initiative. Aligned to PMBoK Guide and covering all of the 47 (5th version) processes and all their related ITTOs!

This will mean that you do not need to build up this project templates on your own; you can use them out of the box or doing some customization related to your own project management processes used in your organization. Tailoring the PMBoK Guide processes for specific project needs becomes very easy this way and even if your company does not rely on PMI’s methodology it still will be very useful (hopefully).

Thank you for taking time reading this first article as a kickoff to the upcoming articles and maybe webinars.

Next time we will introduce our “MP4PM” a bit more in detail and also provide you a “sneak preview” so you can see what to expect in the next weeks, month's and maybe even years. We hope you will like it.

Any feedback is highly appreciated.

 

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first published here:

http://projectmanagement.plus/en/news/78-ressources/mp4pm/19-mind-mapping-for-project-management-an-overview

 

References:
http://www.buzan.com.au/learning/benefits.html
https://www.mindjet.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Managing-Projects-with-MindManager-User-Guide.pdf
https://www.mindjet.com/uses/project-management/

 

Posted on: November 28, 2016 03:00 PM | Permalink

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Great Blog Markus and outstanding effort, thank you. Why don't you submit this to PMI as an article (Just a thought).

Hello Rami,
thank you so much. In fact i had thought about submitting as an article also already, may be i will do this in addition. Thanks for suggestion.
Regards,

Markus


Great article. I really liked how you "mapped" Mind mapping to project management.

Thank you Vaughn, than you will love what is coming up soon ... ;)


Good article! So, Mind Mapping® and Mind Maps® are registered marks... I would never gess,,, Do we need to put the ® everytime we write the word or just the first time it appears? Thanks.

Thank you Mauro. Well Mind Mapping, Mind Maps and Mind Map in fact registrated trademakrs by Tony Buzan's organization; he has used this phrases as first for such "spider diagrams" mind maps originally are. Like i know now Buzan's Organization registered "Mind Maps" as a trademark in the UK and US, but only in the specific context of organizing courses. The term was trademarked in a much more inclusive sense at one time, but it seems that Buzan accidentally let that lapse and then ended up with only a trademark on the term in the context of training. (source: http://www.mind-mapping.org/mindmapping-learning-study-memory/who-invented-mind-mapping.html ).
So, we do not need to use this ® all the time, i guess. ;)


Markus, a great post. I've been using Mind Maps for over 15 years now and I just love it. When I first tried it I immediately found it to be immensely helpful, especially for complex information. It's visual style perfectly fits the way I like to view and process information. Looking forward to the next posts and see how you use it for managing projects.

Hi Thilo,

thanks for your kind words. I am also using Mind Mapping and especially MIndjet Mind Manager since years now and i thought about creating what i just working on now also for quite a while.
The release of the newest version of Mind Manager where the project management features are improved a lot was finally the kick off for me to do this now.
I hope you will like it and may be you will like it so much that you want to contribute too, cause there is still a ton of work ahead ... ;)

Regards,

Markus


Hey Guys,

happy new year to you all.

Can anyone tell me how to manage that "rleated content/articles" thing?!
Some other bloggers have at the end of their articles such a reference and since i am producing an article series to this mind mapping thing i am highly interested in doing the same, but i can't figure out yet to do make this work ...
Any suggestions?

Many thanks in advance!

Regards,

Markus

PS: I am actually working on Part IV of the series, but maybe there will be one or two other things coming before ... ;)


Hello Guys,

i am proud to announce that the corresponding webinar is finally terminated on Jan the 17th.
I hope you will opt in to the live webinar.

https://www.projectmanagement.com/webinars/359551/MP4PM-MindmaPping-for-Project-Management---an-Introduction

Regards,

Markus


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