Can I use Swim Lanes to depict Parallel Projects

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I am working on a business development project that essentially involves multiple parallel projects. For example, one project is to develop an "alpha" version of software. Another project is to plan and produce a workshop to unveil the software. (This could possibly be two projects.) One related project is to promote the workshop in order to get butts in seats as they say. Another is to onboard and shepherd alpha testers through the test/evaluate process. 

It seems as though swim lanes would be a great way to depict the interrelationships of the projects, but it doesn't seem to be a perfect fit. For example, this is not a single process as would be depicted in a cross-functional process flow diagram.

Each project may start independently of other but have some dependencies along the way.

Any tips on how to tweak the basic swim lane diagram to support this?
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Ary Velstra, Expert Trainer

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Yes you could use swimlines to depict parallel projects.
However, since swimlanes are designed to depict processes (like workflow, bpmn, etc) you may consider better options for projects like the Kanban board etc.
and I strongly suggest you watch the recorded webinar on this subject via the mindjet website-resources.
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Thanks, Ary.

I've been a user of MindManager off and on since its earliest days. Now that I have a serious project where it can help, I see that I have a lot to learn, both to get comfortable with what I thought I knew how to do and to learn the new breadth and depth of the tool.
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