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#1 Wallace Tait

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Posted 21 April 2004 - 04:34 PM

Here you go Simon.

I have personaly found the use of Mind mapping software to be the most cost efficient form Information creation, development, sharing and knowledge management to date.

My experience with the software use of Mind mapping tools and techniques, is quite extensive. I have mapped out an organizational quality system using an excellent mind mapping software package, using it as an interface manager. My clients were just blown away.

They later informed me that they can now perform with ease most of their documented QMS audits for the most part in a paperless format. I have found software Mind mapping to be an invaluable tool for continuous improvement, using the techniques and tools for encouraging and motivating large or small groups to brainstorm and perform cause and effect analyses.

The short learning curve of Most of the software packages out there are short enough for the casual PC user to get a handle on, after that it becomes rather infectious and begins to spread throughout an organization like wild fire when this form of communication is accepted and standardized. The results are just phenomenal.

Mind mapping was developed by Tony Buzan of the UK during the late 60's. It was initially developed as a non linear form of hand drawn note taking, using many colours and images to cause memory retention. It has in the last 10 years been further developed by many software organizations as a powerfull yet user friendly personal and business tool for creating, managing, saving and distributing information primarily in a mapped format. The mapped information can be easily exported to Word, PowerPoint as well as saving as an image file for presentation purposes.

Let me say that, you don't need to familiarize yourself with the hand drawn from of Mind mapping at all, but feel free to access all the information you need or want on the hand drawn formats.

Regarding its use within the quality, safety and environmental areas, I would say that creating pertinent information for infusion into a work place and workforce culture is important enough for Mind mapping as an effective and efficient business and personal tool, to be at the very least investigated for possible use.

You can generally download any Mind mapping software package with all the full time functions for the proverbial 30 day trial period. I would say a week is about enough time to decide the software best suited to your personal and business needs.

If you need any more information re-this subject, I would be pleased to help you all I can.

I would recommend an excellent no-nonsense explanation of Mind mapping according to "Joyce Wycoff". Her excellent book is called "Mindmapping" ISBN # 0-425-12780-X. The references made to the Buzan form of hand drawn maps are true to the Buzan angle, so I would advise you to be cautious when investigating the hand drawn Buzan angle.

Mind mapping in the virtual world of PC's is a different animal all together so, without throwing you out of sync before you even get started, don't look at anything related to mind mapping on the web until you have read the book and have practiced some hand drawn maps for yourself.

If you need any help regarding choosing a Mind mapping software that suits your needs, send me a private message and, I'll be pleased to help you.

"PC Mind mapping is a different animal altogether".

Not for everyone yet, you just don't know what you don't know and, for those who dare to investigate and try it for themselves, they shall indeed see a new and other possibility for information creation, management and sharing.

I initially experienced Mind mapping as an amusing toy but, I came to understand the power of this amusing toy when, I arrived at the "AHA" moment and realized the power of this amazing set of tools and techniques for personal and business productivity enhancement.

Linear information structures aren't ever going away soon, they are invaluable to almost everyone on the planet. My enthusiasm for Mind mapping comes from the fact that the tools and techniques offered, especially by PC programs, allow users to be more creative in their information management structures. I can basicaly scatter all of my personal or business thought processes all over the PC screen, drag and drop them into a logical arrangement and, present them in a format that suits my recipients. Yeah, it's great for brainstorming and decision making yet, that's only the tip of the iceberg.

Since I'm involved with the Visual Mind program www.visual-mind.com I would be pleased to offer anyone at the SDF an opportunity to download the software for a 30 days and, if you decide you like it enough to purchase the program, I'll make sure you can have the program for US $99.00. The regular price of the business version is US $149.00.

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Posted 22 April 2004 - 09:34 AM

Hi Wallace,

I will certainly download the trial and have a play.

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Posted 24 April 2004 - 06:23 AM

Simon,
I'll forward to you a comp serial key for full time use, next week some time.
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Posted 25 April 2004 - 09:28 PM

Got it - thanks Wallace.

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Posted 26 April 2004 - 11:48 AM

Attached is a screen snapshot of the Visual Mind interface for viewing purposes.
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