Friday, 30 May 2008

Update on Mind2Chart

Sergiy Goncharov from the Mind2Chart people has been in touch with some additional details on this project planning add-in for MindManager. 

Sergiy says:

"- there is a hotkey "Ctrl-G" that opens and closes the M2C pane, so there is no need to deal with ribbons;

- M2C is $79 for a single copy - available from the 'Try and Buy' page on the website

- M2C is working well with Mindjet Connect.

Now we're working on an updated version (1.3) which will have some great features such as resource costing and calendaring - I will keep you posted ........"


Thanks Sergiy - I am looking forward to the next version already.

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Mind2Chart and MindManager

M2C Box


I've been getting to know a useful project planning add-in for MindManager.  It's called Mind2Chart and can be used to create simple project plans and Gantts from MindManager maps - quickly and without fuss.


M2C01 To use you first create the task list in MM.  You can add task information and resources if you wish, or add them later when Mind2Chart is active.  Next select all the tasks and either click on the Chart Item option added to the ribbon or right click and select from the pop-up menu.  Then click Mind2Chart View from the MM View menu bar (the Mind2Chart options are added when the product is installed).  A window opens below the map displaying task details and the Gantt view.

Working in the Mind2Chart window you can now edit tasks, add and amend resources, link tasks and create dependencies and set milestones.  As you work, any changes are reflected in the MM map simultaneously. A nice feature is the critical path highlight option.

Mind2Chart does not work in standalone mode - it is designed to work with a map.  To add tasks or change their sequence, move the tasks (topics) on the mind map itself.  You can however amend the predecessors from within Mind2Chart.

M2CTskAlso included is an export feature which will create either a task or a resource spreadsheet - very nice touch and very useful.  To export to other formats, such as MS Project then export from the MindManager map in the usual way once you have finished editing using Mind2Chart.  You can also print the combined task list and Gantt.  This is a simple option but by changing the margins of the document it is possible to fit the output to "1 page wide - many pages tall".

Mind2Chart does simple task scheduling M2CReswell and is an alternative to JCVGantt, although less powerful.  The development team are incredibly responsive and have answered my queries and added a feature within days (export to older versions of Excel).  The web site includes training notes and videos together with support and FAQs.  At this stage I'm waiting for pricing details.


Monday, 26 May 2008

Planning Effective Meetings

Before the Meeting, Ask Yourself  .....I was lucky enough to be asked to give a short presentation recently on Planning for Effective Meetings.  The 10 minute talk is supported by a mind map listing the key points and a planning worksheet.

The talk was developed via a mind map that then migrated to MindManager for further development, becoming my script in the process.  You can download the mind map as a pdf here and the planning worksheet here - right click on the links and then save.


Saturday, 17 May 2008

Web-Based Mind Mapping Applications

Chuck Frey has just published an extensive comparison chart of the major web-based mind mapping applications - MindMeister, Mindomo, Mind42, Comapping and Mead Map - covering over 60 features and capabilities of these applications, including:

Webmmschart200px- Overview (versions, pricing)
- Map formats supported
- Map level features
- Topic-level features
- Import options
- Export options
- Publishing options
- Collaboration
- Other features

This comparison chart is available as a free download from my blog. Here's a link with more details:

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Graphic Record of the IAF Conference

graphicrecordingLast October I attended the annual conference of the International Association of Facilitators in Edinburgh.  Among many highlights were the opening and the close where we were treated to thought provoking material by two guest speakers.  These items were recorded by graphic facilitator, Albi Taylor and her wonderful work has just been made available.  Click on the image to see a larger scale version.

I will post more about some of the material over the coming weeks, focusing on different areas of the graphic.