Posts Tagged ‘mind map’

Making the Most of LinkedIn and Thinking Space

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

I am experimenting at the moment with the Thinking Space app for the Android Smartphones. An HTC Wildfire in my case. It allows you make maps and save them in MindManager xmmap file format. It will also import xmmap (it’s one of the MindManager save options) within reason.

This evening I went to a presentation in a very pleasent new hall in the Hampshire County Council offices in Winchester organised by Wired Wessex.  I decided to leave my Tablet PC behind and map the event on my phone.  Not an easy thing for me to do. 🙂

The presentation was given by Stephen Dann a veteran of LinkedIn and a very professional user of the platform.  Using Thinking Space presented two problems for me: 1. I am still learning the UI. 2. You have to be concise. You can’t type in a phrase quickly enough.  Here is the result which  you can make appear by magic in the My Pictures folder of my Tablet PC.

Stephen Dann - How to make the most of LinkedIn

Then I opened the Thinking Space file from the folder in my smartphone via Bluetooth and edited it in MindManager.  The unusual thing about Stephen’s presentation was that he used presentation mode with MindManager 7.  There was a lot of talk about groups but Stephen is not a member of those groups.  So I have added links to them to this map and some expansion on the topics in the original.  You would be very welcome Stephen.

Making the Most of LinkedIn Stephen Dann at Wired Wessex 14/10/20

http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?itemaction=mclk&anetid=48466&impid=&pgkey=anet_search_results&actpref=anetsrch_name&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1287087573768_1 http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?itemaction=mclk&anetid=48466&impid=&pgkey=anet_search_results&actpref=anetsrch_name&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1287087573768_1 http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?itemaction=mclk&anetid=2741549&impid=&pgkey=anet_search_results&actpref=anetsrch_name&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1287087573768_1 http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?itemaction=mclk&anetid=2741549&impid=&pgkey=anet_search_results&actpref=anetsrch_name&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1287087573768_1 http://www.wiredwessex.com/home/ http://www.wiredwessex.com/home/ http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?itemaction=mclk&anetid=118439&impid=&pgkey=anet_search_results&actpref=anetsrch_name&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1287087573768_1 http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?itemaction=mclk&anetid=118439&impid=&pgkey=anet_search_results&actpref=anetsrch_name&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1287087573768_1 http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?itemaction=mclk&anetid=3242183&impid=&pgkey=anet_search_results&actpref=anetsrch_name&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1287087573768_1 http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?itemaction=mclk&anetid=3242183&impid=&pgkey=anet_search_results&actpref=anetsrch_name&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1287087573768_1 http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?itemaction=mclk&anetid=2356315&impid=&pgkey=anet_search_results&actpref=anetsrch_name&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1287087573768_1 http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?itemaction=mclk&anetid=2356315&impid=&pgkey=anet_search_results&actpref=anetsrch_name&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1287087573768_1 https://www.xing.com/net/mindmap https://www.xing.com/net/mindmap http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?itemaction=mclk&anetid=76011&impid=&pgkey=anet_search_results&actpref=anetsrch_name&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1287087573768_1 http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?itemaction=mclk&anetid=76011&impid=&pgkey=anet_search_results&actpref=anetsrch_name&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1287087573768_1 http://uk.linkedin.com/in/sjdann http://uk.linkedin.com/in/sjdann http://events.linkedin.com/Making-most-LinkedIn/pub/403473 http://events.linkedin.com/Making-most-LinkedIn/pub/403473 http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?itemaction=mclk&anetid=2921373&impid=&pgkey=anet_search_results&actpref=anetsrch_name&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1287087573768_1 http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?itemaction=mclk&anetid=2921373&impid=&pgkey=anet_search_results&actpref=anetsrch_name&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1287087573768_1 http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?itemaction=mclk&anetid=79063&impid=&pgkey=anet_search_results&actpref=anetsrch_name&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1287087573768_1 http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?itemaction=mclk&anetid=79063&impid=&pgkey=anet_search_results&actpref=anetsrch_name&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1287087573768_1

Is the phone and Thinking Space better than pen and paper? Yes if you want to publish to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, WordPress quickly or export to MindManager. No it is not as fluid.

Is the phone and Thinking Space better than MindManager in Ink mode on the Tablet PC. No but it does weigh a lot less and I cycled the 8 miles to Winchester.

Here is Stephen’s PowerPoint version of the presentation as 10 second per slide silent video. Change to 720p resolution and full screen for clearer slides.

Connecting People with MindManager

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Last night I met with an ex Unilever colleague in Gulidford who had recently returned from 20ish years working in Europe for various companies in Operations and Supply Chain. We had not been face to face for twenty years. It was a very comfortable discussion over a pint of beer. During the evening I mentioned several groups and people he could contact.

He will be getting a map like this very shortly with slightly more info than you can see as a clickable web page. It was very quick to construct with MindManager just dragging and dropping links from various web pages and using the Outlook MindManager contact buttons. In my friends version the Outlook panels are open and he will get an outline version as well, so he can copy and paste information to his “database”.

MindManager is brilliant at doing this.  I will also supply him with a  link to the MindManager 8 Mac and the orginal map.

Suggested People and Groups

http://www.iblrecruiting.com/ http://www.iblrecruiting.com/ http://www.entrepreneursworld.biz/layout/showContent.jsp http://www.entrepreneursworld.biz/layout/showContent.jsp http://uk.linkedin.com/in/julianwellings http://uk.linkedin.com/in/julianwellings http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/nick-wright/1/58/148 http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/nick-wright/1/58/148 http://www.supplychainexcellence.co.uk/index.htm http://www.supplychainexcellence.co.uk/index.htm http://www.linkedin.com/profile?viewProfile=&key=5747511&authToken=s0zJ&authType=name http://www.linkedin.com/profile?viewProfile=&key=5747511&authToken=s0zJ&authType=name http://www.interimconnect.co.uk/ http://www.interimconnect.co.uk/ mailto:ivor@entrepreneursworld.biz mailto:ivor@entrepreneursworld.biz mailto:mikemeascc@aol.com mailto:mikemeascc@aol.com http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1779661 http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=1779661 http://www.interim-network.co.uk/ http://www.interim-network.co.uk/ mailto:info@topinterim.com mailto:info@topinterim.com http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/colin-bell/0/2a2/64b http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/colin-bell/0/2a2/64b http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/roger-vanstone/0/417/a7 http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/roger-vanstone/0/417/a7 http://www.projectsystemssupport.co.uk/ http://www.projectsystemssupport.co.uk/ http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?itemaction=mclk&anetid=1797679&impid=&pgkey=anet_search_results&actpref=anetsrch_name&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1285232486065_1 http://www.linkedin.com/groupsDirectory?itemaction=mclk&anetid=1797679&impid=&pgkey=anet_search_results&actpref=anetsrch_name&trk=anetsrch_name&goback=.gdr_1285232486065_1 mailto:ian@iblrecruiting.com mailto:ian@iblrecruiting.com mailto:info@harveystone.net mailto:info@harveystone.net http://www.topinterim.co.uk/ http://www.topinterim.co.uk/ http://www.recruit12.com/ http://www.recruit12.com/ http://www.linkedin.com/profile?viewProfile=&key=1694310&goback=.vpf_709403_*4n3i_name_*1_Colin_Bell_*1_*1_*1_*1 http://www.linkedin.com/profile?viewProfile=&key=1694310&goback=.vpf_709403_*4n3i_name_*1_Colin_Bell_*1_*1_*1_*1 http://uk.linkedin.com/in/grahamkennedy http://uk.linkedin.com/in/grahamkennedy

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?

Strengths and Weaknesses of MindManager 9

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Back in October 2009 I created a MindMeister Wiki Map (anyone can edit) about the Strengths and Weaknesses of Mind Mapping Software.  Soon after a sub map for Mindjet was added.  Today I have added a new node to that map for MindManager 9, plus some initial thoughts.  Please add yours. 

My other thought is why don’t Mindjet have a free wiki map tool?

A overview of MindManager User Groups

Friday, August 13th, 2010

I am sure I have done this before but its time for a new one.  This overview links to a survey about MindManager user groups on line and some research for potential user group meetings in the UK. Everyone is welcome to complete the survey especially as you can answer a question which may win you a MindManager 9 Windows license.  You will find the survey below the map.

MindManager User Groups - Cabre, Ecademy, Facebook, Linkedin, Mindjet, MindMUG, Ning, Twitter, Xing, Yahoo

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=76011 http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=76011 http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=2356315&trk=anet_ug_grppro http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=2356315&trk=anet_ug_grppro http://forum.gb.mindjet.com/index.php http://forum.gb.mindjet.com/index.php http://www.xing.com/net/mindmap http://www.xing.com/net/mindmap http://twitter.com/#search?q=mindjet mindmanager http://twitter.com/#search?q=mindjet mindmanager http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=142311349126932&ref=search#!/group.php?gid=142311349126932 http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=142311349126932&ref=search#!/group.php?gid=142311349126932 http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/mindmanager/ http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/mindmanager/ http://mindmappers.ning.com/ http://mindmappers.ning.com/ http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/GTD_MindManager/ http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/GTD_MindManager/ http://www.facebook.com/mindjet#!/group.php?gid=2365288441&ref=ts http://www.facebook.com/mindjet#!/group.php?gid=2365288441&ref=ts http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBcQFjAA&url=http://www.mindmug.nl/&ei=Vy5lTL2xI6iM4gbBo_SwCg&usg=AFQjCNGbA0HCO6O_eRlAulQxDA0i_mgCpw&sig2=U-YC62puYBMw0PqW1VPSvA http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBcQFjAA&url=http://www.mindmug.nl/&ei=Vy5lTL2xI6iM4gbBo_SwCg&usg=AFQjCNGbA0HCO6O_eRlAulQxDA0i_mgCpw&sig2=U-YC62puYBMw0PqW1VPSvA http://twitter.com/#search?q=#mindmanager http://twitter.com/#search?q=#mindmanager http://www.beermar.ecademy.com/module.php?mod=club&c=2168 http://www.beermar.ecademy.com/module.php?mod=club&c=2168 http://forum.us.mindjet.com/ http://forum.us.mindjet.com/ http://www.ecademy.com/module.php?mod=club&c=173 http://www.ecademy.com/module.php?mod=club&c=173 http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=48466 http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=48466 http://forum.de.mindjet.com/index.php http://forum.de.mindjet.com/index.php http://www.cabre.co.uk/forum/index.php http://www.cabre.co.uk/forum/index.php mailto:andrew@cabre.co.uk?subject=MindManager User Group Overview mailto:andrew@cabre.co.uk?subject=MindManager User Group Overview http://www.facebook.com/mindjet#!/mindjet?v=info&ref=ts http://www.facebook.com/mindjet#!/mindjet?v=info&ref=ts http://www.ecademy.com/module.php?mod=club&c=3733 http://www.ecademy.com/module.php?mod=club&c=3733 http://twitter.com/#search?q=#mindmap http://twitter.com/#search?q=#mindmap http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/MindManagerDev/ http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/MindManagerDev/

A Review of the MindManager 9 Release

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

This afternoon I was one of the Mindjet Partners listening to Michael Deutch give his briefing on the forthcoming release of MindManager 9 via a webinar.  As is my habit I mapped it in MindManager as he gave it.  Some of the detail is missing but the support material from Mindjet will cover that. Links at the bottom of the page.

My experience with the beta has been good.  I like the new ribbon, the reduced CPU time consumed, the SharePoint addin and I have just found those new images!  I still have many other improvements to give a real workout to: slide mode, Gantt chart pane and planning the day in tasks with durations in minutes 🙂 .

It’s a great product which I hope will bring many new users on board and provide that extra oomph to the users of earlier versions.   As someone who has used MindManager almost daily since 1996 I am looking forward to getting the release version, personalising it for my applications, listening and contributing to the MindManager community, and (fingers crossed) assisting my existing and future clients to exploit MindManager.

Overview of

Background Reading
Mindjet MindManager 9 comparison with previous versions
Mindjet MindManager 9 Datasheet

To help search engines find this page and those with impaired vision to “read” the map.
The image map content is repeated below as a text outline in one or two columns.
Overview of MindManager 8 for Windows


1. Planning

1.1 Instant transformation map to Gantt chart

1.2 For

1.2.1 (Olympic) Amateurs

1.2.1.1 Marketing

1.2.1.2 Development

1.2.1.3 Engineers

1.2.1.4 Designers

1.2.1.5 Writers

1.2.2 Imports/Exports to MS Project for the Professionals


2. Communication

2.1 Broadcast
See related topics and documents
Collaborate (Change)

2.1.1 One to Many

2.1.1.1 PowerPoint

2.1.1.2 Untitled

2.2 Collaborate

2.2.1 One with Many

2.2.1.1 MindManager

2.2.2 Section map into slides

2.2.2.1 Focus

2.2.2.2 Segment

2.2.3 Then interact


3. Information Overload

3.1 Issues
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3.1.1 Application switching wastes time

3.1.2 Wide variety of information sources

3.2 Information

3.2.1 Collection

3.2.2 Organisation

3.2.3 Structure

3.2.4 Focus

3.3 Publish

3.3.1 MindManager

3.3.2 Office
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3.3.2.1 PowerPoint

3.3.2.2 Project

3.3.2.3 Word

3.3.2.4 SharePoint

3.3.3 Web

3.3.4 PDF

3.3.5 Image


4. Additionally

4.1 Improved Printing

4.2 Office 2010 Ribbon

4.3 New Images, Icons and Templates

4.4 Increased Performance


5. Lost

5.1 Based on users not using

5.2 e.g.

5.2.1 Exports

5.2.1.1 Visio

5.2.1.2 MPX

5.2.2 Bookmarks

5.3 JCVGantt integration

5.3.1 Some functionality now in the product


6. SharePoint

6.1 Becomes extension (add in)

6.2 Enhanced capability

6.2.1 e.g. Search within documents


7. Catalyst

7.1 Now a compliment to MindManager desktop

7.2 Service

7.2.1 Cloud based

7.2.1.1 File store

7.2.1.2 Collaboration

7.2.2 Browser based access to Workspaces

7.3 Price reduction

7.3.1 £16 down to £9 per month per user

7.4 Discontinue

7.4.1 Web conferencing features

7.4.1.1 No new sales or renewals but continued support for current users to end of their contract


8. License Upgrades

8.1 £79 from MindManager 7 or 8

8.2 Please request a quote from Cabre
See related topics and documents

Design & Politics – Engaging the electorate

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Design and Politics - A conversation with Scott Thomas - MindManager mapYesterday I watched and listened on-line to a master class (presentation with conversations via a facilitator) on design for political campaigning given by Scott Thomas, the Design Director for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. I liked his empahsis on keeping it simple and engaging the electorate in the process, so they became the brand. His one question at a time process for helping people to register to vote was an excellent deviation from the norm.

You can see my outline of the hour here: Design & Politics – A Conversation with Scott Thomas – Design Director for the Obama ’08 Campaign.

I suggest you follow the links to Scott’s web pages and the Obama site to see his work in practice.

Some work to do on achieving Scott’s simplicity with my map.

What do you need for a game of Cricket? Not a mind map surely?

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

I was asked the question by someone who is organising a cricket match I am unlikely to get to.  He explicitly asked for a mind map.  I am hoping other people will add to it.

Work in progress: Impressions of Broadhalfpenny Down – the supposed birthplace of cricket. The Bat and Ball pub is off screen to the right. Painted with ArtRage on a Tablet PC whilst waiting to bat at number 11.

BroadHalfPenny Down - the birthplace of cricket

Can you use MindManager to record a football game e.g. England v Slovenia

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

England v Slovenia in the World Cup 2010 - MindManager mind map of the gameI did sort of.  See England v Slovenia.

A bit more preparation would of helped but I just sat down on the couch with my Hoegaarden and a packet of Cheddar crisps to watch my team recover their honour (hopefully).

What did I learn?

  • I will never forget ctrl-alt-shift-t which inserts the time in a topic or note.  Use the options to get just time.
  • I should have set up the markers before hand
    • Events: Throw Ins, Corners (I used arrows for this to indicate left or right), Free Kicks, Bookings, Send Offs, Goal Kicks, Injuries, Substitutions. I renamed the Flag markers.
    • Who: Flags for England and Slovenia
    • Team Lists: Avatars for each player
    • Where: I used the task completeness to indicate pitch postion lengthwise.  Perhaps I should have one for width as well.
    • Smileys: They were there.
  • I need to improve my touch typing

Questions Arising

  • Was it just a distraction from the game or is there an application?
  • Would using voice input help?
  • Could I have worked faster in ink?  Maybe but then there is delay of conversion.
  • Is anyone bothered?

Your answers please. Before the next game.

Context Organiser analyses “The Coalition: our programme for government”

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

How did I do it? Firstly the original web site “Programme for Government” appeared for a while and then dissappeared. I planned to link to each section to a MindManager map and analyse it. It may be back by now.

The alternative route was to download the PDF version, paste the content in to Word, delete the index and create a document which could be analysed by Context Organiser. I linked my Word version to the map and ran Context Organiser. It is an easy process and produced the map you see a clip of to the right.  The options are available in a right click drop down menu on a linked topic after installing Context Organiser for Mindjet MindManager.

After some formatting to suit a one page web export, I created this web page The Coalition: our programme for government.

Now you can see a one page overview of a 36 page document.

It is of any use?