In today’s world of accelerating innovation, new ideas are more valuable than ever. Most ideas don’t come from bolts out of the blue but by connecting previously unrelated bits of information together in creative ways – “connecting the dots,” so to speak. That plays to several of the strengths of mind mapping software, making it an excellent creativity tool.
MindManager 2012 includes a brainstorming mode that offers an simple process for defining your problem or challenge, generating ideas and evaluating them efficiently.
Why be creative in your work? The benefits, outlined in a mind map, may surprise you.
One of the leading applications of mind mapping software, according to my surveys, is utilizing it to generate and capture ideas. So it’s not surprising that many of the leading programs offer a brainstorming mode. What is this mode, what exactly does it do, and what are its benefits?
When you combine MindMeister’s ability to add new topics to a map via e-mail with Jott’s voice-to-text reminder service, you’ve got a very powerful tool for capturing ideas – any time, anywhere.
Stephen Shapiro, an innovation expert who I have known for a number of years – and for whom I have a great deal of respect – recently explained in his blog how he uses mind mapping software to manage his personal innovation pipeline.