Thursday, 28 February 2008

Business Process Swim Lanes

A few days ago I posed an open question on the use of MindManager for mapping business processes - see here.  Shaun Penny wrote to ask about ideas on how to incorporate the swim lane style of process mapping.  My original thought was to use floating topics and relationships for the process flows however there are other ways. 

I've experimented with several approaches and one which seems to work very well is to use the 'organisation chart' style for the main topic.  This style allows topics to be repositioned 'up and down' - in this case they can be slid up or down into the appropriate swim lane position.  The normal lines linking the topics are hidden by selecting 'Format Topic' for the central topic and clicking on 'No Line'


Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Right-Sided Map

RightHand Here is a simple map from my journal.  It seemed appropriate to draw the map as a 'right-sided' map, a style which is in common use on some web-based mapping software.



Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Saved Views in MindManager 7

MapViewsI've just discovered this feature of MindManager.  I had a map that was too detailed/large to print on the available printer.  I printed the map over several pages, each page with a different topic selected and expanded to the full level of detail.  Then I found I had to reprint several times as the document was reviewed and revised.

The 'Map Views' feature came to the rescue at this point.  I was able to save each view of the map I wanted to print/reprint and then return to that view of the map at any time.  A real saver in time and energy.

You can find the option from the 'Views' tab on the ribbon



1st Topic


2nd Topic


Thursday, 21 February 2008


I found this great MM macro at ActivityOwner.Com.  It converts a MM map into an html table which can be displayed or imported into MS Word and MS Excel.

See the introduction to the macro here and access to the macro source code is here.  I copied and pasted the source code into the macro editor in MM7, saved it and added it to the list of available macros.

map2table example output table

Map2table example input







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Tuesday, 19 February 2008

10 Tips for Highly Effective Mind Mapping Sessions

Geoff R has posted ten tips here.  He says:

image "Mindmapping is a wonderful brainstorming technique that can yield great results, and show you ideas that you hadn’t previously imagined. Most people are familiar with mindmapping and its problem-solving potential, but many people do it inefficiently. If you follow these 10 simple tips, you should find your mindmapping sessions to me radically improved."

The original source is credited as Gear Fire and can be seen here.

Thanks to Andrew Wilcox of Cabre.

Friday, 15 February 2008

Process Mapping

ProcessEGRecently I have been using MindManager to capture business processes.  My original idea was use the software to do the initial capture and review before exporting the output to something else, such as MS Word.  However having started in MindManager I decided I liked the results and have completed all the processes this way.

What are your experiences in documenting any aspect of a business process using mind maps and/or Mindmanager?  Do drop me a line and share your examples.