"The Brain" and "MindManager" and Post-it notes

28 Mar 2006 - 10:13pm
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Oleh Kovalchuke
2006

Mind mapping tools

I wonder if anyone used the low tech approach: mind mapping,
brainstorming and categorizing with Post-it notes. How does it compare
to the software?

On positive side Post-it notes seem to be more collaborative, to have
lower participation threshold by virtue of being low tech (similar to
paper prototypes) and because people get a chance to physically move
around, play with their hands while pasting notes on white board. Is
this correct assumption about ease of collaboration?

The setbacks I see: 1. No remote participation, 2. Archiving results
for reference and 3. Revising them later on. #2 can be easily solved
by taking a picture of final map and printing it. Solutions for #1 and
#3 are possible but messy.
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Oleh Kovalchuke

On 3/17/06, Lyle Kantrovich <lyle.kantrovich at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Cindy,
>
> I've been using MM for about 4 years. I love it for notetaking,
> crafting agenda, brainstorming, analysing concepts or hierarchies, and
> for quickie sitemapping.
>
> What's great is it frees you (and prevents you) from thinking much
> about presentation, and focuses you on the content. Visio, on the
> other hand leaves you playing with boxes and connectors way to much.
> Sometimes I'll move from MM to Visio or another tool, but MM has
> become a "must have" app for me.
>
> --
> Lyle
>
> --------------------------
> Lyle Kantrovich
> Blog: Croc O' Lyle
> http://crocolyle.blogspot.com
>
> On 3/15/06, Cindy Lu <cindylu at hfec.biz> wrote:
> > [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]
> >
> > I have been using MindManager in the past few months for a big project and
> > have found it is very effective and efficient for brainstorming,
> > listing/organizing UI elements and even creating site maps.
> >
> > I just downloaded the trial version of "The Brian" and have found it is
> > interesting, too. It is differently, though.
> >
> > Does anyone else have experiences in using MindManager and/or The Brain for
> > the IA or the Interaction Design work? I am interested to hear your
> > experience.
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > - Cindy
> >
> > =============
> > Cindy Lu, Ph.D., CHFP
> > HFE Consulting, LLC
> > "Designing for a Better User Experience"
> > (732) 246-6883
> > Web: http://hfec.biz
> > Blog: http://richux.blogspot.com
> > ==============

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