Group Brainstorming with MindManager

It is easy enough to do individually but MindManager’s power is in quickly assembling maps from individuals.

Here is a suggested process:

Plan: Let individuals brainstorm first. Then combine into a group map for a further session of group brainstorming.

Group members creat their brainstorm map around the question, theme etc.

  • Ask users to add their name as a resource to all topics on their map:
  • Select All (Ctrl-A) > Task Info > Resource name (Tip: make sure they have unique name. First and surname is easy, if a little formal)

Combine the Maps

  • Link individual maps to a central map. Then 0pen Mulitmap view > Select All > Combine All.
  • Right click main topics and map name topic > Remove Topic.
  • View > Show/Hide > Task info for anonymous session.

Start Brainstorming again either in an open session using a beamer.

Or give the combined map back to the participants and reiterate, recombine and then go to an open session. This will produce many duplicates on the combined map.

  • Show Task info if further information is required from the topic owner.

Do you have an alternate or an improvement to this process?

About Andrew Wilcox

Andrew is an experienced user of MindManager who shares his knowledge and advice for free here. And provides commercial training and consulting on how to exploit MindManager and other mind mapping software applications in business, organisations and for individuals at Cabre For more information about Andrew please visit his Google + profile.


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