Map Like Magellan
Mind mapping is not new, but it’s become a popular project management tool. Because of the visual aspect of these useful maps, team leaders and members can create, discuss, explore, and widen these maps for use in analyzing, problem solving, and ideas or avenues to take in a project.
Remember the days of your youth when you learned to draw stick people? We usually started with a round circle for the face, added the torso, then the limbs, and if we really wanted to be unique, we explored hair, face, and extremity features—but it all started with that circle head.
All mind mapping examples follow the same principle—the idea or problem to be solved is drawn in the center and from there, subtopics and note taking fringe and extend the inner element upon revelations or ideas.
Early examples of mind mapping as offered by MindMeister and seen in the upper screenshot at left is from Da Vinci. The baby in the womb in the center was his idea and the explorations of how the birthing stages and process takes place are contained in the outer notes and drawings.
Image Credit: Notes from Da Vinci courtesy of MindMeister