Monday, 9 July 2007

Brainstorming with Mind Maps

Using the team mapping method described by Jamie Nast in her book "Idea Mapping", helps overcome some of the drawbacks of what might be called traditional brainstorming. People can be put off by having to call out ideas and the group can be lead down the path of the strongest or most vocal member. Having everyone brainstorm on their own and on paper as a first step allows everyone to contribute in their own way. The results are then posted for the group to review and this is where the most powerful cross-fertilisation of ideas can occur.

BrainstormMaps In this example, I provided a map template for the participants to use as this was the first time they had used the technique. The individual maps were then posted on the wall and reviewed by the group. Individuals were seen to add further ideas to their maps during this process as they were stimulated by what others had put on their maps. The maps were subsequently consolidated outside of the workshop.

3 comments:

Vic-vic said...

Now this is only indirectly connected to this specific post, but I couldn't find an email address.

There is a new search engine specializing in mind mapping. It is a Google Co-op project built (to minimize irrelevant search results) by manual selection of the websites from which the results will be drawn. There are 89 at present, listed at http://www.mind-mapping.org/mm_sites.php

Naturally, vismap.blogspot.com is one of the chosen sites from which this search engine draws its results.

The search engine is at http://www.mind-mapping.org/article_main.php

I think I have many of the authority sites and blogs for mind mapping, but can you suggest additional ones? I would like to broaden the search area without softening the focus.

Vic Gee
http://www.mind-mapping.org
The master list of mind mapping &
information management software

Steve Rothwell said...

Hi Vic

The list you have pulled together is a great resource and I'm delighted the Peace of Mind Blog is included.

I've posted a link to your main site (see Links to the right of this page).

Would you want to encourage others to get in touch with you?

Steve

Vic-vic said...

Hi Steve,

Yes, I would be happy to receive suggestions for mind mapping focused sites that are not on the list. Many eyes see better!

Vic Gee
http://www.mind-mapping.org
The master list of mind mapping &
information management software