Corel and MindManager 2018 – adding the new, transforming the old (part 1)

While the specific impacts of Corel’s new leadership on the evolution of MindManager since it purchased the program in August 2016 are hard for an outsider to quantify, they seem to have been considerable. The process of change started with MM2017, which I described at the time as delivering “a number of unexpected but mostly pleasant surprises”. These included HTML5 export, Zapier integration, horizontal and vertical timelines, Gantt critical path and simplified file management.

It could have been argued at the time that many of these features were probably in the pipeline when Corel took over, but this was a harder claim to make in relation to the subsequent release of MM2017.1. Even though this was “just” a point release it contained so many new features that Corel could almost have justified calling it a full upgrade, especially on the strength of one addition alone: Map Roll-up. Continue reading

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“Mind map your way to a successful strategic planning day” series completed

The final part in my series on how organisations can use mind mapping to support their planning activities, Mind map your way to a successful strategic planning day, has just been posted on the Mindmapping Software blog.

Hypothetical organisation planning day map (source: author via Mind Mapping Software Blog)

I’d like to thank Chuck Frey for inviting me to write this series, in which I explain the advantages that mind mapping has over the traditional whiteboard as a tool for managing and recording strategic planning sessions, particularly for smaller and non-profit organisations. I also describe in detail some techniques to prepare for and then run a successful mind-mapped planning day. Continue reading

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MindManager 2017’s new features in action – 3: researching with reusable tags (part 2)

In the first part of this two-part series I discussed the use of MindManager as a research tool and specifically the benefits provided by the addition of reusable text tags in analysing interview and survey data. I also provided two approaches to copying text tags. In Part 2 I’ll outline some data entry techniques and research approaches. I’ll also examine some of the limitations involved in using tags and MindManager more broadly as a research tool.

Data entry options

I could write an entire post – indeed a series of posts – just on data entry, but I’ll try to condense my comments. Continue reading

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MindManager 2017’s new features in action – 3: researching with reusable tags (part 1)

One of the lesser-known features added in MindManager (MM) 2017 is the ability to reuse the same tags in different tag groups. As the MM 2017 help file notes:

Earlier versions of MindManager limited tags to be unique across all of a map’s tag groups. For instance, it was impossible to include the tag “High” in multiple tag groups. In MindManager 2017, it’s now possible to add the same tag name in multiple tag groups. For example, you can use tags like “Low,” “Medium” and “High,” across Tag Groups like Opportunity, Risk, Reward, or Strategic Fit, to categorize your topics.

This might seem like a minor enhancement but it has significant benefits for people like me who use MM for research purposes. I often undertake case studies focussing on the operations of range of organisations. These studies involve interviews, structured discussions or surveys with a range of key staff and external stakeholders and so usually result in a mix of quantitative and qualitative data across a range of issues.

In the first part of this series I’ll look at how I use MM for research and in particular how I apply tags. I’ll also describe the benefits of reusable tags and provide some advice on how to copy tag sets. Although I’m concentrating on MM in research practice, these techniques may be helpful in other areas, especially if you are interested in making major use of tags. Continue reading

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Check out the Mindmapping software blog for my series on mind mapping and strategic planning

With the kind cooperation of Chuck Frey I have started a series of articles titled Mind map your way to a successful strategic planning day on the Mindmapping Software blog.

These posts commence by explaining the advantages that mind mapping has over the traditional whiteboard as a tool for managing and recording strategic planning sessions, particularly for smaller and non-profit organisations. In the later articles I will describe in detail how to prepare for and then run a mind-mapped planning day. While I am obviously drawing on my experience with MindManager these techniques can be applied with any reasonably well-featured mind mapping program.

The first article is Strategic Planning – Stuck in the Whiteboard Time Warp while the second in the series, 7 key advantages mind mapping can bring to your planning session, has just been published. Part 3 is due to appear shortly and parts 4 and 5 should be published within the next few weeks.

 

 

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New tricks with MindManager HTML 5 exports and dashboard maps

In the first couple of posts in my series on MindManager 2017’s new features I looked at HTML 5 export and dashboard maps. I’m going to look at a couple more new features shortly, but first I wanted to add a short post on some other new tricks you can do using both these features to selectively export certain aspects of your maps. The following is an expanded version of a comment I posted on a thread relating to HTML 5 export on the Mindjet community forum.

1. How to export a map to HTML 5 with a user-accessible filter. To export a map with a filter that can be turned on or off in the exported map, first create the map and then create and apply the filter, selecting show or hide matching topics as desired. Export the map to HTML 5 (see my earlier post on HTML 5 exporting). The resulting web page should include a button in the top toolbar which allows the user to toggle the filter on or off.

Example map 1

Example map

Example Map Filtered for Export

Example map filtered for export

Filtered Exported HTML 5 Map with User Accessible Filter Button Visible

Filtered exported HTML 5 map with user accessible filter button visible

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Addendum to the dashboard maps post – a dashboard map example

I have received some very positive responses to my previous post on the new dashboard map facility in the latest update release of MindManager, version 2017.1, including a request that I make available the map I used to demonstrate how to set up and use the feature

Here is a link to a ZIP file containing the map of the activities of the hypothetical stationery company I used to demonstrate roll-up maps. Most users are likely to want to set up a separate dashboard map incorporating topics from one or more project maps but for the purpose of the demonstration I included three dashboard maps based on floating topics in the same project map.

The map also includes an explanatory note but is designed to be used in conjunction with the instructions in the previous post. Please note you will need MindManager version 2017.1 or better to be able to access the new dashboard map features.

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