Gideon King, founder of NovaMind Software Pty., has been a busy guy lately, publishing a series of blog posts and videos on different applications of mind mapping software. One of the latest is focused on helping you to make smarter decisions using mind maps.
Gideon outlines four practical approaches to laying out all of the issues surrounding the decision, considering potential options, and selecting the best options to pursue:
- Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats methodology, which helps you to consider your decision from 6 perspectives,
- PMI, which focuses on the Positive, Negative and Interesting aspects of your situation,
- Force field analysis, where you put the proposed decision in the middle of the map, the forces for change on the left, and the forces against change on the right, and
- Cost-benefit analysis, where you can incorporate factors such as costs, long term and long term impacts, and risk factors into your map.
A copy of the maps displayed in this blog post can also be downloaded from NovaMind Connect, the developer’s map sharing community website. They are available in the NovaMind file format, as well as PDF and JPG.
I was actually considering writing a post on how to make better decisions utilizing mind mapping software, but Gideon has already done such a marvelous job of doing so that I couldn’t possibly improve on it. Great job, Gideon!