One of the most powerful applications of mind mapping software is in project management. It can be used to document the definition of a problem, specify project requirements, gather project requirements, develop a project charter, list project deliverables and more.
That’s why Mindjet has announced a set of tools and resources that it calls the Project Management Jetpack. It consists of a white paper that explains how to use MindManager Pro to improve team delivery of projects,19 map templates and 15 map examples, plus links and information about Mindjet technology partners that offer complementary project management solutions.
The white paper starts by making the case for why MindManager is a viable alternative to the informal project management methods that many teams now use (Excel, anyone?). As a result, the scope of projects managed in this way is often vague, requirements don’t get broken down into measurable tasks and progress usually isn’t measured in quantifiable terms. This can lead to improperly communicated requirements, wasted effort and lower quality. In contrast, visual maps give teams improved real-time access to detailed project data and help teams to collaborate around shared objectives and information more effectively.
Using copious illustrations, the white paper demonstrates how to use MindManager to:
Plan projects: How to develop a scope statement, create a work breakdown structure and export it to Microsoft Project, how to create a project organizational chart, and how to create change management and risk management plans.
Control projects: Tracking and updating tasks, creating a project portal and running effective team meetings.
Close projects: Gathering lessons learned from the project team and creating a project archive.
The map examples and templates included in the Project Management Jetpack appear to be very detailed and complete, and represent an excellent starting point if you want to employ MindManager to improve your team’s project management practices.
The Project Management Jetpack costs US$79, and can be purchased and downloaded from the Mindjet website.