45 ways to use mind mapping software for businessJul 22nd, 2009 | By Chuck Frey | Category: Tips & Techniques
Mind mapping software gives business executives a set of visual modeling tools that enable them to manipulate information, knowledge and ideas with a freedom that is unprecedented. As a result, a savvy businesspeople are utilizing this type of productivity software for an amazing number of applications, including these:
1. Conduct a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis.
2. Plan and manage a project.
3. Plan a meeting – including outlining the agenda, meeting room requirements and invitees.
4. Capture ideas from a group brainstorming meeting.
5. Maintain an idea database.
6. Develop an information “dashboard” for fast access to key metrics and resources.
7. Take notes during meetings.
8. Creative problem solving.
9. Maintain a to-do list.
10. Formulate a plan for the launch of a new business or for an acquisition.
11. Make better-informed business decisions.
12. Business process improvement.
13. Knowledge management.
14. Develop job descriptions for key employees and positions within your organization.
15. Manage performance reviews.
16. Outline and organize the content of a business report or technical paper.
17. Develop and give a presentation.
18. Map the services that “surround” your company’s products and brainstorm ways to improve customer experience.
19. Do scenario planning.
20. Business continuity planning.
21. Create detailed customer personas for marketing planning.
22. Analyze and improve your company’s business model.
23. Brainstorm potential partnering opportunities.
24. Sales account planning and management.
25. Risk assessment and management.
26. Develop a business plan.
27. Identify strategic opportunities using a “PEST” template – detailing political, environmental, social and technological trends.
28. Develop a strategic plan for your business.
29. Plan and outline content for a training session.
30. Create a “force field” map to better understand the forces that are influencing a business situation, positively and negatively.
31. Conduct research for new projects and use a mind map to capture and organize your findings.
32. Use David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology to manage your workload more effectively.
33. Develop and organize the content for a new website.
34. Optimize your website’s ranking in the web search engines.
35. Map out and optimize your organizational structure.
36. Set and track your team’s progress toward departmental and organizational goals.
37. Summarize the key ideas contained in business books into maps for future reference.
38. Collaborate with others more effectively through shared mind maps.
39. Map out new product features and development timelines.
40. Capture a detailed profile of a customer’s needs during a sales or consulting call.
41. Develop a marketing plan.
42. Create a personal development plan to help you to advance your career and improve your work performance.
43. Document work procedures and policies.
44. Capture key learnings at the conclusion of a major project.
45. Match the skills and capabilities of team members with the requirements of a project.
What other business applications of mind mapping software can you think of? Please share them in the comments are below. Thanks!