Friday, 27 July 2007

Group Decision Making in the Press

brainstormingSteveSmlThis week I had the opportunity to speak to the Business Editor of the local newspaper here in Reading. The following are extracts from the Reading Chronicle article headed "Barnstorming [sic] Steve's the man who puts the meat into meetings".

"MOST workers will know how unproductive some meetings can be. Steve Rothwell has made it his job to put that right. Errors, assumptions and miscommunications often leave workers going along with decisions they don't really support, or even not going along with decisions because they feel excluded.

As facilitator Mr Rothwell says he can go into firms, independently of office politics and with a few ground rules laid down, get groups of workers, often in diverse workforces, to jointly contribute to decisions."

To read the full article visit my company web site, or download the pdf here.

Monday, 23 July 2007

Mind Mapping Software Compendium

Via a posting on this blog, I have come to know about a mind mapping software list. It is "Vic's compendium of software that supports knowledge management and information organisation in graphical form. Includes mind mappers, concept mappers, outliners, hierarchical organisers, KM support and knowledge browsers, 2D and 3D."

The site also includes a new search engine specializing in mind mapping. It is a Google Co-op project built (to minimize irrelevant search results) by manual selection of the web sites from which the results will be drawn. There are 89 at present, listed at

Link to the main site is here

Thursday, 12 July 2007

Now available: Power Tips & Strategies for Mind Mapping Software Second Edition

Cover130px I'm pleased to report that Power Tips & Strategies Second Edition is now available for purchase. Author Chuck Frey has consulted users and experts to capture their best practices, tips and strategies. The e-book contains interviews with leading experts and more than 20 case histories.

You will find my Visual CV included on page 83.

Monday, 9 July 2007

Brainstorming with Mind Maps

Using the team mapping method described by Jamie Nast in her book "Idea Mapping", helps overcome some of the drawbacks of what might be called traditional brainstorming. People can be put off by having to call out ideas and the group can be lead down the path of the strongest or most vocal member. Having everyone brainstorm on their own and on paper as a first step allows everyone to contribute in their own way. The results are then posted for the group to review and this is where the most powerful cross-fertilisation of ideas can occur.

BrainstormMaps In this example, I provided a map template for the participants to use as this was the first time they had used the technique. The individual maps were then posted on the wall and reviewed by the group. Individuals were seen to add further ideas to their maps during this process as they were stimulated by what others had put on their maps. The maps were subsequently consolidated outside of the workshop.

Friday, 6 July 2007

Project Definition and Planning - Workshop Outline

The purpose of initial meetings with my clients is to establish their needs and a possible approach to IdentifyWorkshops meeting them. This will involve reviewing the client's situation and objectives and often leads to a list of candidate workshops or workshop sessions, with an outline of goals and outputs for each. A recent example is seen here, covering the definition and early planing of a new project. My client is also a fan of mind maps so I fed back my thoughts using this MindManager map.

Thursday, 5 July 2007

MindManager 7 Review at Amazon.Com

Prompted by the MindJet Blog, we are all invited to leave reviews of MindManager 7 at See the link here. See my review by clicking the image below. Have you used the new topic editing features yet? Or the query function? What do you think?