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Thursday, 12 May 2011

MindGenius and the Consensus Workshop Method

One of the unique features of MindGenius mind mapping software is it's ability to analyse ideas according to categories and to restructure maps or views of those ideas automatically.  This feature is a great way of implementing the consensus workshop method electronically (see previous post on the consensus workshop method). 

The five steps of the consensus workshop (as developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs) method are:

  1. Set the context - introduce the focus question
  2. Brainstorm the ideas
  3. Cluster the ideas
  4. Name the idea clusters
  5. Review and action.

image Using MindGenius, the focus question become the central topic or idea.

 

 

 

What can we do to improve morale in our office ideas

 

 

The ideas are brainstormed, collected and consolidated as they are added to the map.

 

 

 

What can we do to improve morale in our office ideas analysisThe ideas are clustered using categories feature, available from the "Analyze" tab - you can use a default set provided or create your own category group.

 

 

 

From here, create a new map with the ideas clustered by selecting the "Create Category Map".

What can we do to improve morale in our office - by Category unamed

Using this new map as a basis you can work to name the clusters.  Add the names by editing the level one topics.

As an alternative, once the cluster names are agreed, return to the original map - the one with the brainstormed ideas. From the "Analyze" tab, now select "Edit Categories".  Amend the categories used in your map, replacing the original identifiers with the cluster names.  Once completed, select "Create Category Map" and this time the resulting cluster map contains the cluster names in the level one topics.  What can we do to improve morale in our office -named clusters

imageYou could now go on to assign dates and resources to the ideas, creating a simple action plan. 

imageAs part of the documentation step, you can export the map to Excel or Word to provide an additional record of the workshop or to provide the basis for further definition.

 

You can try this for yourself using MindGenius by clicking this text or the image below and downloading a free trial.

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