In the early 90s, I was one of 4 project managers in a 50 person systems integrator. I used MindManager to rapidly access the 10-20 projects I was responsible for.
I had a top level map with links to individual project maps on the RHS and links to general info on the LHS e.g. expenses, holidays, project manager’s weekly meeting minutes, the resource Microsoft Project plan for all projects.
Each project map linked to the project plan, requirements, project folder, active correspondence in Outlook, specifications, drawings, etc.
I used MindManager to map management of the project within the IT and quality system’s rules to suit myself. I marked it up (priority, completeness), added actions and reminders, and structured it (i.e. most important project at the top, not ordered by project no.) to give me a state of play picture.
When I was tapped on the shoulder, I could get to the relevant file to answer the bosses or engineer’s question in a few alt tabs (to get to MindManager if it was not the foreground program) and about three clicks.
I am still doing this today to run Cabre.
What techniques have you been using for a long time with MindManager?
Thanks to Chuck Frey for asking a question in the Yahoo MindManager Group which inspired this blog.