What you can get from mindmapping

One of the key ideas I am attempting to develop in this blog, it is how one person can take advantage from mindmapping in conceptual terms or in economics terms.
This afternoon I was working on a mindmap thinking about what you can get from using mindmapping.
I am sure there will be thousands more out there.


everdream said...

When you create mindmaps on your computer, what software app do you prefer? I'm testing out several mindmap and concept map applications for use at my business (healthcare org). I've used bubbl.us, gliffy, freemind, cmap. Each has features that are good, but lacking something that other one provides. I like cmap best so far, but it doesn't allow real-time collaboration. What do you like to use?

Berttuco said...

First, thanks for your comment.
I would say I am used to work with MindManager 7 in order to get real collaboration with people from differente locations, mostly because it has become a standard, but I must also say, I am also testing other different softwares like Cayra, Freemind, Gliffy,... I agree that every one has some good features but lack other different and important ones. I do ask for a good tool gathering up all the good features from the different available softwares.
Please tell me if this answers your question, if not, consider berttuco@gmail.com and we will go on the discussion.
Best Regards.

Tuna said...

After I saw your mindmap above, I got a few questions in my mind.

- Can this map give you explict messages even few monthes later?
- Do you really think if readers can understand your message better through the map than through written statements?
- How long did you take to fill wide ranges of lines oriented from main topic with your fine pen? Do you think the time is worth?
- Why did you use pens and paper for the map? I think, you have a good software for mindmap. Why didn't use it for the map? Any reasons to use such an old tools?

Sorry for the questions that can be took rude. But I am really qurious.

Berttuco said...

No problem. Thanks for the questions.
1.- Sure, that is one of the key issues for me. To make "nice"/cute map designs (I name it brain adapted designs) helps your brain to get back quite fast to the map topics after long time.
2.- Most cases I would say, yes. Cause your brain gets a whole picture of the maps and attempts to get fast to the different points. I would say, after looking at the map, two months later, your brain would remind better, issues from the maps, than from statements.
3.- To be sincere, it does not take long for me, I quite used to take notes of thinking in that. Nevertheless, this time is not badly wasted, in that time your brain is thinking in the concept, in the branches, in the relationships among concets,...
4.- Sure. I see two different ways to work: handmad maps and software maps. To me the main differences are in the freedom making a map. In this way it is similar to a brainstorming process, the crazier idea you have, the something valuable you get. So, I think you can get more creative concepts by using the handmade ones, you does not have any restriction. In cases of using software, you must adapt your map to the software restrictions.
Hope this can give a candlelight to your questions, if you have more, do not hesitate.