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Mindjet MindManager 9 Road Show – Manchester

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

My final Road Show of the tour.  Good choice for the venue Rachael, Manchester United’s boardroom.  Yes, we did get to see the football field and the red terraces.  Click the photo to see that those extra goalposts have a growing purpose.

Manchester United - Old Trafford Football Stadium
Twitter scored two goals this morning. Someone outside of the meeting spotted two of us twittering from within and told us . Which provided me with the ice breaker, “Mike Thomas (aka @thomasmike) please identify yourself”.  Secondly Pascal Venier (aka @pascalvenier) noticed halfway through the morning that we were a couple of miles away from him, so I invited him to join us and he jumped in a taxi. Good to meet you Pascal.

I had spoken on the phone to Peter Maddern (aka @speechem) a few years ago. It was good to meet him face to face and learn a bit more about speech recognition.  He took particular interest in using MindManager with a Tablet PC and posed the question “Can you use MindManager with a graphics tablet in ink mode?” The answer is yes and we worked out how the following day.  For Windows 7 go to Control Panel > Programs and Features and in the left hand colum click “Turn Windows features on or off”.  Tick the Tablet PC components.  This works with Wacom graphics tablets and maybe others.  Vista has something similar.  I can’t find any references to achieving in XP but I believe it was possible with some registry hacking.

Steven Bashford, Senior Product Manager, Mindjet, Germany took the main role for Mindjet.  He lead the group through the improvements and changes in MindManager 9.  He dwelt on the Gantt view, Outlook parts and Slide view giving the audience time to ask questions and dealing with their concerns.  He even told a joke but we all agreed it didn’t work and he should try it again tomorrow in Dublin.  Did it work, Steven?

Here is my map of Bill Creekbaum’s version of the same session “MindManager 9 Overview and Product Demonstration“. I mapped it in ink on MindManager with my Tablet PC, converted it to text, added styles, links and published it to the internet within an hour of Bill’s session ending.

James Hoggett of Contact and Code repeated his overview of SharePoint and MindManager Explorer for SharePoint from the Birmingham Road Show.  Must get that link to the free SharePoint server and look at the polling (survey) tool in SharePoint that James mentioned. James provided these links : The free version of SharePoint 2010 foundation is available for download here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=49c79a8a-4612-4e7d-a0b4-3bb429b46595&displaylang=en. Probably a better solution is to use the full SharePoint 2010 VHD (Virtual Hard Drive i.e. a SharePoint sever running virtually on your PC) that Microsoft have provided on a trial basis here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=751fa0d1-356c-4002-9c60-d539896c66ce&displaylang=en

There was some good news and some bad news during the morning.

Bad news: Outlook parts no longer track the contact, email, task or note if they are moved in Outlook e.g. to another folder. Pity, I enjoyed demonstrating that working in previous versions.  Mindjet have changed to a different process for linking/integrating with Outlook which is more reliable and uses less processor time.

Good news: I have nearly mastered the slide viewer.  Big tip: Do not include too much on a slide or open up topics with large numbers of sub topics e.g. a Google map part with 10 sub topics.  Create extra slides which focus on details.  I will publish the map I used for my presentation after I have tidied up and remove links to pages I don’t want you to access on my PC :).  In the mean time here is a Mindjet Player version I upload during one of my presentations “Turning Ideas into Accessible Information

Neutral news: The slide frame in the slide view is the same size as the paper selected in the Page Setup (Slides).  The default is likely to be A4. Some printers will give you more page sizes than others and even a custom size. It may be worth chaning your default printer and playing with different page sizes, if slides do not fill your screen.  May cause problems, if your last print job was to DL Envelopes!

Must get back to encouraging people to update to MindManager 9 prior to the 30th September  launch discount deadline.  Two orders arrived on the day of this Road Show, one via LinkedIn and the second via Ecademy.

Mindjet MindManager Road Show London

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

First it was good to meet a variety of virtual and real aquaintances. Bill Creekbaum, Director Product Management, Mindjet for breakfast. Then Chris Harman, Director NEWS Region, Mindjet; Rachel Reid & James Fletcher, Mindjet UK and several of their MindManager coaches. Plus my old MindManager user friend Doug Witt and my new ones Liam Hughes, Biggerplate and Adrian Griffith, Oval Business Solutions. Finally several of the attendees whose business cards I have or they have mine. I will reconnect with you next week or while on the train back from Birmingham to Winchester tomorrow.

What did I learn? A lot from Bill Creekbaum. I have posted my map of his presentation about “MM9 overview and Product demonstration” before I started mine! Bill took us enthusiastically through the new features of MindManager 9 and gave us some insight into the future rapid development programme for MindManager. We saw the new planning and presentation tools in MindManager 9 in some detail. We brainstormed our way to a plan for an Olympic Party and discovered Bill’s beer preferences on route. (I will be pleased to test those this evening). He showed how the new Silde mode can be used. A target for the 9.1 service pack was revealed as October. Local Mindjet Player file generation will return and there will be user demanded improvements to the slide and planning tools.

Emma Thomas from Creative SharePoint took us through their application of MindManager. It was great to hear another enthusiast talk about their benefits of using MindManager. Particularly applying it to web site and SharePoint structures to capture and give feedback on the user requirements of the client.

I had fun delivering my interactive session. They were impressed by Tablet PC and MindManager combination which allowed me to go from ink to a web page in 30 minutes. Then the audience choose to look at Inspiration and Management from four topics I proposed. It was good to hear of people using MindManager in personnel processes such as appraisal, recuritment and induction. During the management part, Adrian contributed his companies weekly process for planning based on having a map of each persons tasks, resources and issues for the week.

Chris Harman gave us the big picture and pricing changes. I think Mindjet is going to maintain its dominant role in business mind mapping sector and looks to become more relevant to the educational sector as well.

More about the Road Show tomorrow.

If you were there, what did you take away?

Turning Ideas Into Accessible Information – Plans for the Road Show

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Turning Ideas Into Accessible Information an outline MindManager map for the interactive sessionThe Mindjet MindManager 9 Road Show is on in London and Birmingham on Thursday and Friday, and next Tuesday in Manchester. I am very pleased to be running a 30 minute session titled “Turning Ideas Into Accessible Information”.

The map is the outline of the session (there are more subtopics to prompt me). I would like it to be an interactive session. I am looking to the audience to pose questions for which I can produce an example to demonstrate how MindManager can be applied successully to solve the problem.  (Rabbit popping out of hat comes to mind)

If you are coming or not what questions would you ask of me?

Constructing an Outlook Query in MindManager 9

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

MindManager 9 - Outlook Query - Task and Category et alThe Outlook Query allows you to access all the folders and sub-folders in Outlook.  You can for instance select task by category and who they have been assigned  to.
Good for meeting preparation.  Do one for each attendee at the meeting

Fastest session for me using MindManager

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

This evening I recorded a meeting for the Winchester Action on Climate Change which had about 20 attendees. It was the brainstorming to start a 3 year plan for CO2 reduction in Winchester. Target 7% per year! The content remains private for now but here are some interesting stats from a event recorder using MindManager.

I walked in with a parent map with some information on it e.g. the attendees but I did not have an agenda. During the meeting I created 6 maps using the Right Click Topic > Send to new map command. Two summarising introductory presentations and three to cover the brainstorms on Transport, Domestic and Business/Government/Organisations plus their group feedback.

I have just used the Multimap View > Combine All to combine all the maps in to one. The statistics say I have 993 words (perhaps 100 of those existed when I walked in the room) in 316 topics (40 were there already).

Not bad for a 105 minute meeting. 3 topics a minute on average proably 10 topics a minute at peak.

Tha facilitator was really impressed by what I did and the load it took of him. He could concentrate on leading the meeting not writing on flip charts. Although he did some flip charts to start with but then realised there was no point.

Now I have to tidy them up and publish them as a web site, Word document and a set of PowerPoint slides by Thursday 17:00. Plus do the day job.

All in an evening’s marketing and my bit for tackling climate change.

Is that a record breaker? It was definitely a personal best!

Forget the Text. Just use Pictures. MindManager and the Tablet PC does the job

Friday, January 16th, 2009

On Wednesday evening I went to a presentation by Mike Pounsford of Couravel at the VizThink London meeting organised by my friends at Cognac the Big Picture company. Mike took us through his companies process for visually facilitating the communication of business strategy. More on this in my next blog.

Mike challenged us at the end of presentation to split into three groups and discuss three issues. The group I joined discussed this. Here is your Sunday paper question:

What do these sketches represent individually and collectively? (click to see full size)


How did l do this? With an HP TC2710p and MindManager 8 (but you could do this with MindManager X5 Tablet and a TC1000 four years ago). The map is the record of a 20 minutes discussion between six people. For each phase of the discussion I created a topic and inserted a sketch using gestures. As I became more comfortable with what I was doing I used different pen colours. I did not contribute to the discussion very much.

At the end of the discussion I converted them to floating topics and placed then randomly on the map but so that the map proportions would match the projector screen. When we presented our conclusions to the other attendees we had a graphic artist’s picture of our conclusion on a Flipchart sheet and these on the overhead projector, showing how we got there.

I occasionally use this sketch functionality in MindManager but my feeling is that I am under exploiting the opportunity.

MindManager Technical note:

I and others have been disappointed by the rendering of the ink writing or sketching when exported to images. When I export direct to png, jpg or gif, the ink and sketches are not of the same quality as on screen. See below. Here are two ways to improve it:

1. Save to bitmap. Do not resize. Open bitmap in Paint or similar resize and save in png or jpg. Gif will give a smaller file size but not the quality.

2. Use the Windows Tablet PC snipping tool or similar to cut the picture out of the screen and save as png or jpg. Then resize in your picture editor. This is what I did for the above.

Something for you to sort out properly Mindjet!

Mapping and rapidly publishing to the Internet is one of MindManager’s strengths.

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Last Thursday I attended Ecademy’s 10th Birthday Party at the Selfridge Hotel. The centre piece of the event was speeches by two of the founders of Ecademy, Thomas and Penny Power. I mapped both speeches in ink on my Tablet PC (an HP TC4400). Penny’s speech in ink is shown below.

Penny Power speaking to Ecademy's 10th Birthday Party.  MindManager mind map in ink on Tablet PC

This type of map is not a verbatim record of the speech but a key word reminder of what was said. Much like Tony Buzan described 30 years ago in his mind mapping book “Use Your Head“.

  • Those who attended will be able to jog their memory.
  • Those not present may see something of interest and contact the speaker or an attendee.
  • The speaker gets feedback from one member of the audience about what they heard.

And the finished map as blogged on Ecademy. You can click it.

Penny Power

http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=37944&xref=45995 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=37944&xref=45995 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=1 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=1 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=1001 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=1001 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=30245&xref=45995 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=30245&xref=45995 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=78129&xref=45995 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=78129&xref=45995 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=37979&xref=45995 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=37979&xref=45995 http://www.ecademy.com/instituteofnetworking.php?xref=45995 http://www.ecademy.com/instituteofnetworking.php http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=42737&xref=45995 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=42737&xref=45995 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=22057&xref=45995 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=22057&xref=45995 http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/p/parachute.htm http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/p/parachute.htm http://www.pizzaexpress.com/find-a-restaurant/restaurant/771/?lat=51.21550&lon=-0.79900&pc=farnham&baby=0&takeaway=0&bar=0&meetingroom=0&alfresco=0&livemusic=0 http://www.pizzaexpress.com/find-a-restaurant/restaurant/771/?lat=51.21550&lon=-0.79900&pc=farnham&baby=0&takeaway=0&bar=0&meetingroom=0&alfresco=0&livemusic=0 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=229497&xref=45995 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=229497&xref=45995 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=2&xref=45995 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=2&xref=45995 http://www.monmouth.org.uk/Home/Default.aspx http://www.monmouth.org.uk/Home/Default.aspx http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=19308&xref=45995 http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=19308&xref=45995 http://www.ecademy.com/module.php?mod=guestbook&id=1001&xref=45995 http://www.ecademy.com/module.php?mod=guestbook&id=1001&xref=45995 http://asia.ecademy.com/node.php?id=98380 http://asia.ecademy.com/node.php?id=98380&xref=45995

There are two drawbacks to using MindManager to create clickable image maps. First Google is not indexing pictures by what you can see (quite a lot of text in this case) and MindManager uses the URLs for the alt text on the links not the topic text (which could be found by Google).

To make this map visible I really have to add the text outline below. Not very pretty but makes the point about the value of mind maps versus lists rather well.


1. Has a Leap Year Birthday


2. It’s a team

2.1 But a special mention for Glenn Watkins

See related topics and documents

http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=2


3. Committed to this world


4. My journey

4.1 Not a physiotherapist

4.2 Telesales course in a Monmouth

See related topics and documents

http://www.monmouth.org.uk/Home/Default.aspx

4.3 Call to customer with cold

4.3.1 Sent them a packet of Ttunes

4.3.2 Got unexpected contract (the biggest that month)

4.4 Selling is about the relationship


5. Ecademy has a heart


6. Back 10 years
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6.1 3 x 0 to 5 year children

6.2 Pizza Express

6.3 Filled up with Lone Entrepreneurs

6.4 Sucked into the e-commerce Bubble

6.4.1 Valued at £22m

6.4.2 But

6.4.3 We could not sell out on our community

6.5 But then struggle to survive

6.5.1 Back to day job

9-6


7. Captain Plum
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7.1 Went to Vietnam

7.2 Then built a Big Business

7.3 One day in a restaurant he was served by

7.4 His parachute packer


8. Community

8.1 Support

8.2 Testimonial

8.3 Credibility

8.4 Recognition


9. Acceleration is good

9.1 But slow development is best


10. Ecademy is Organic

10.1 Much happens by Osmosis


11. Business Evolution

11.1 Growth by Collaboration

11.2 Candle

11.2.1 Flame

Where you need to be

11.2.2 Wax

What you need to burn brightly


12. Team

12.1 Julian Bond
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12.1.1 Web Site

12.2 Lesley Morrisey
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12.2.1 Support

12.3 William Buist
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12.3.1 BlackStar

12.3.2 Membership

12.4 Sophia Watkins
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12.4.1 London Meetings & Administration

12.5 Kate Power
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12.6 Jude Germain
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12.7 Jamie Roy
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12.8 Christine Clacey
See related topics and documents


13. Thomas Power Early Meetings

13.1 Pasta Suppers

13.2 Wine Bar


14. Advocacy

14.1 Dave Clark NRG
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14.1.1 Advocating others

14.1.2 Brings you advocates


15. Institute of Networking
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15.1 Our objective

15.2 Chartered


16. Touch the keyboard

16.1 Power of Ecademy

16.2 Whispers


17. Me
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17.1 I am not the Entrepreneur

17.2 I have a purpose

17.3 Thanks to

17.3.1 Parents

17.3.2 Thomas

17.3.3 Children

17.3.4 The Team