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Mind Mapping or Idea Mapping?
Jamie Nast, USA
I started Mind Mapping in 1992 and was the only Senior Master Trainer for the Buzan Centre until 2006. I've authored a book titled, "Idea Mapping" and have trained 17,000+ professionals world-wide.
I use the term Idea Mapping out of respect for our mappers who map strictly by the Mind Mapping laws. Idea Mapping encourages breaking those laws. Although they have a time and place, I've had many a frustrated client who nearly threw out the tool because they felt their creativity was hampered (especially the one-word-per-branch law). I share these guidelines, but leave it to the mapper to determine if and when these guidelines are necessary based on the purpose of their map.

Starting with Mindmapping
Busch, Lean (six) Sigma Master Black Belt, Netherlands
I started using mind mapping after recommendation of Michael Bennett (four powers of greatness) when taking notes at a training or with conversation with clients. After that I started using mind mapping at brainstorm sessions with teams. The result was that I could easily catch all what was said and was able with teams to analyze and discuss ideas at depth. For me this tool is an efficiency and reflectivity booster. It took me 2- 4 weeks to get used to this way of working.

Rocio Dextre, Perú
It depend on how you will perform the analysis if you have first a rich data gathering for instance through interviews and workshops in which you can identify and set current problems, your mind easily can figure out and organize how the mapping should be, thinking as a system, putting in track some processes, tools or activities to adjust the problems. It also comes with complementary actions like for instance improve information system, or perform trainings depending on what kind of corrective actions the processes need inside the mapping.

Mind Mapping
Richard Hendricks, USA
I began using mind mapping during the 1970s, except it wasn't called mind mapping then.
It's one of the best tools available to garner a "big picture" of a situation, and is quite useful for planning an entrepreneurial venture.

Mind Mapping is powerful
Essau Motloung, South Africa
Concising the manuals in mind mapping leads the way of maximizing understanding the material better than heavy text manuals and it opens ways of creativity in it. Teams involved tend to open channels of improvement by brainstorming while presenting. Having being involved in the same field of work understanding the organizational or departmental objectives, Mind Mapping is so powerful that you reach the untapped multiply performance outcomes. This is the best method to be used across complex materials and can be dealt with easily.


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