Friday, 7 June 2013

Project Reports with MindGenius 5

One of the new features of MindGenius 5 is the Project Report.  It produce a very neat summary report.

Assume you've created a project schedule using a map to capture the work breakdown structure - it might look something like this:

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Accessible from the 'Gantt' tab is a 'Project report' button.  You can click this either from the map view (above) or from the Gantt view:

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This brings up an options selection dialogue.

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Click OK and shortly a simple project report is created in Word.  Note how the categories used on the map to indicate the RAG status are carried through on to the Project report.

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Clicking on the larger images will take you to an expanded view of the image.

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Monday, 3 June 2013

MindGenius 5 Launched

Just out today is the latest version of MindGenius.  The application includes a number of new and revised features, together with an enhance look and feel.

Ove the next week or two, I’ll explore some of the new items individually – for now here is a simple taster.

First impression overall is that the new look adds to the sense of ‘quality’ of the product.  It looks better, seems more robust and feels faster to operate.  Some of the key features added or enhanced are listed below.

1. New look Map Styles and Start Mapping Pane which offers quick access to templates and help

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2. Task Cards – more prominent branch information to aid reporting and task management

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3. MS Outlook Synchronisation – maps automatically synchronize with Outlook when tasks are updated in either application

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4. Resource levelling chart to help identify over and under allocation of project resources

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5. Automatically create project quality project reports from map data

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6. Comment and Review to encourage greater collaboration – share maps and track and review changes and comments

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Saturday, 9 March 2013

Biggerplate Unplugged - Paris, 21st March 2013

The next Biggerplate Event is to be held in Paris on Thursday, 21st March, 2013. 

Bonne chance à nos amis!

For more details, presenters and presentations - see: http://unplugged-paris.eventbrite.com/

Custom Map Styles for MindView 5

One of the great features of MindView has been the no fuss approach to formatting maps.  Until now it has been as simple as selecting a map style from those built in to the software and getting on with the job.  This is great if you find a style you like however until MindView 5 it was neither possible to edit the styles nor to create your own.

All this has changed and MindView 5 includes a Custom Style designer function.  From the Design tab, you can now select 'Custom Style' and create New styles and Edit or Delete existing ones. 

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Once created the style is added to the drop down selector panel and can be applied easily to new or existing maps.

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Using this new feature I've created my own styles and am working happily with them.

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For a detailed walk through of this feature have a look at the video on the Matchware web site at http://www.matchware.com/en/products/mindview/upgrade_features.htm#custommaps

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Biggerplate Unplugged - Presentation Videos

Liam Hughes at Biggerplate has just released videos of the presentations given at the London Biggerplate Unplugged event at the end of January, 2013.  Thank you, Liam.

The videos are available on YouTube - just follow this link to access the list.

If you have been following the series of posts on this blog discussing how to create documents with mind mapping software, you might be interested to see the presentation 'Creating Documents with Mind Mapping Software' (below).  My apologies for the arm waving ....

Friday, 1 February 2013

Biggerplate Unplugged - First Thoughts?

Yesterday was the first 'Unplugged' event hosted by Biggerplate.  For the first time, mind mapping software developers, practitioners and users came together to discuss the current and future positions of mind mapping and mind mapping software.

The main themes of the day are best summed up by the three topics considered in the panel discussions:

  1. Introducing Mind Mapping: how is it presented and marketed - is this effective or does it alienate potential new audiences?
  2. Barriers to Adoption: what prevents wider adoption and how may they be overcome?
  3. What Comes Next?: what's in the future and what actions can we take?

One simple yet possibly powerful idea that arose is to consider first 'what is the purpose' of mind mapping and mind mapping software.  One way of looking at this is to consider the outcomes, where either:

  • the Map is an End in itself .... or ...
  • the Map is a Means to an End.

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Maps that are an end in themselves are typically for individual or personal use.  However they may also be used in collaboration and communication if care is taken to present the content in a way that best helps others understand the content.  Such maps may be important for learning, recording, thinking, organising and planning.

A map that is a means to end is just one tool in a set that helps to undertake a task or to produce something else.  The map is often discarded once it's purpose is served.  Such maps may be important for idea generation, collaboration, facilitation, 'design' and analysis.  Integration with other software packages is critical so that relevant outputs may be passed to the next task in the process.

Click on the image below to an expansion of these thoughts.

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These are just first impressions and ongoing debate may come up with something that helps to better inform the presentation and marketing of mind mapping software .... to help a new audience see the potential it offers them in their context.

Getting back to the event overall, it was a great success.  Organised and delivered with great energy and enthusiasm, the audience owe a big thank you to Liam and Biggerplate.  If you want to keep up with what follows on from Biggerplate Unplugged don't forget to follow the Twitter hash tag #BPUN.  Next stop Paris!

Monday, 28 January 2013

Creating Documents at Biggerplate Unplugged

I'm giving at short session at the Biggerplate Unplugged event in London on Thursday 31st January 2013, called 'Creating Documents with Mind Mapping Software'. 

In what is billed as a '10 Minute Lightning Session' I hope to get across the benefits of an approach that uses the software to the full to create and structure complete documents ready for export to word processors.

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If you are interested in gaining some insight into what I will be covering, why not review some of the posts on this blog?  Try this link to bring all the posts together in one view:  http://vismap.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/MS%20Word

The Biggerplate Event is to be held in London on Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (GMT).  For more details see: http://biggerplatelondon.eventbrite.com/

Hope to see you there.