Mindjet recently published a new white paper entitled, "MindManager: A Vital Solution for Improved Project Management." It explains, in a very clear, easy-to-understand writing style, how MindManager can be used to:
- Create a project charter (a high-level document that identifies business needs, and the product or results that will satisfy those needs)
- Create a project scope statement (which goes into more detail on what, exactly, the project must accomplish)
- Create a work breakdown structure (or WBS, which goes into much more detail on the project deliverables – including everything from initial budgets and staffing plans to project schedule and communication plans)
- Monitor and manage the progress of the project with a visual project "dashboard" (which can be used to capture current project status and generate progress reports)
- Close out the project (which can include capturing insights and lessons learned, generating final reports and creating a "knowledge base" that documents the report for future reference and learning).
Author Timothy Bolwerk PMP (project management professional) wisely bases his recommendations on the Project Management Institute’s widely accepted set of best practices, something called the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).
Even if you’re not a user of MindManager, you will benefit from reading this white paper. It talks about general principles and practices, and is quite instructive. Kudos to Tom on creating an excellent reference piece that advances our knowledge of how to get the most out of mind mapping software!