concept maps / mental models

2 Mar 2005 - 5:35pm
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Eugene Chen
2004

Here are two examples of Concept Maps from a quick google.
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=RNWE,RNWE:2004-
15,RNWE:en&q=concept+map

http://www.graphic.org/concept.html

Concept Maps are an established technique within pedagogy (well, it has its
supporters, who are probably not very well supported). I believe the idea is
that if a student has true understanding of a domain area, they will be able
to construct a coherent concept map on the blackboard, whereas being able to
answer fill in the blank questions proves very little.

The circles are connected and the connections are also labled. For
interactive products, I imagine a lot of typical container and inheritence
relationships would be common. [friends] ARE A TYPE OF [contact]. the
address book [CONTAINS] contacts.

Hugh Dubberly once made a useful point about there being two types of
representation: static and dynamic. In a static representation of baseball,
you diagram the players, bases, field, equipment, etc. In a dynamic
representation, you can make a flow chart of innings, plays, outs, strikes,
pitches, etc.

I think it is probably difficult to represent the static (concept map,
sitemap) and dynamic (task flow, scenario) on one sheet of paper. But I culd
imagine some useful cross reference, or even some kind of software tool.
Something like Director or FinalCutPro that has a sense of frames and
objects in a frame. Or like when they show a chess play as a sequence of
chess boards. What is the user seeing-thinking-doing at each step of a task.

- eugene

eugene chen | user experience: design, strategy, and usability

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3 Mar 2005 - 4:55am
Narey, Kevin
2004

A tool I've been using for the last six months has pretty much
revolutionised my meeting notes, thought documentation, time management and
communicating ideas to others. It's called MindManager. I'm working out a
way of integrating it into my interviewing activities. It's well worth a
demo. Apologies if it's already been suggested. Saying all that - it's just
a tool.

http://www.mindjet.com/uk/products/

Kevin

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6 Mar 2005 - 6:35pm
Eugene Chen
2004

Kevin,

> A tool I've been using for the last six months has pretty
> much revolutionised my meeting notes, thought documentation,
> time management and communicating ideas to others. It's
> called MindManager. I'm working out a way of integrating it
> into my interviewing activities. It's well worth a demo.
> Apologies if it's already been suggested. Saying all that -
> it's just a tool.
>
> http://www.mindjet.com/uk/products/
>
> Kevin

Sounds interesting. Can you say a little more? How do you use MindManager?
What's been the biggest revolution?

Thanks,
Eugene

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