As the speed of business continues to increase and projects become more complex, project managers need better tools to help them plan, implement, monitor project status and communicate effectively with team members and stakeholders. Here are 12 ways mind mapping software can help you step up to the plate and meet these growing challenges.
Mind mapping software can be used in a myriad of ways to streamline project management. It’s not only valuable for project planning, but also execution and analysis. In his new book, Mind Maps for Effective Project Management, Maneesh Dutt outlines 9 types of mind maps that can help you streamline your project management processes and increase your odds of success.
In recent years, visual project management has emerged as a set of tools and techniques that help project managers to make sense of and manage large, complex projects more effectively. Paul R. Williams, PMP has written a new book entitled Visual Project Management that can help us better understand what they are and when and where to employ them when managing projects. I recently interviewed him to learn more about these tools, techniques and visual frameworks, and why they work so well.
Paper with Think Kit may not be the world’s first diagramming app for the iPad. But it’s easily the most intuitive. It does away with all of the complex concepts and capabilities and delivers a simple, intuitive toolset that anyone can use to quickly produce a diagram for their next meeting or PowerPoint presentation, using an ingenious set of gestures and pen/finger interactions.
Data mapping, diagramming and mind mapping, all in a single application – that’s the promise of BigPicture, an innovative new add-in for Microsoft Excel recently introduced by Palisade, a developer of visual decision support software. Its elegant toolset is ideal for any executive who already uses Excel in his or her work, but aren’t sure they can justify the investment in a dedicated diagramming or mind mapping program.