Converting Map to Project Plan

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How do I easily convert a brainstorm diagram into an MS Project Plan or even into a Mindmap Project Plan??
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Kunal Bedse

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This is really two questions - one specific and one very broad. Also you haven't stated which product you're using, so I'll assume its MM 2012.

The answer to the specific question is simple; to be able to export to MS Project you need to have Project installed on the same machine as MM. Then the option to export to Project will appear under File Export.

You could write a book on the much broader question of how to turn a "brainstorm diagram" into a project map within MM - in fact, several people have, while many others have done the equivalent through detailed blog postings. Search the internet for "MindManager" and "project management" or similar terms and you will come across plenty of these - and of course have a look at MM's own Help.

However, to put it very very simply, you need to convert the brainstorm map topics into specific project tasks. You can then group the tasks - which will usually be sub-topics - into broad project components or stages represented by main topics.

Use the Task Info tab to assign assign priorities, progress (this will always be 0% initially, but you still need to assign it), notional start date and due date/duration and if necessary resources to each task.

Then use Insert Relationship to link tasks together sequentially and ensure that the task relationship dependency is formatted under Task Info as Finish to Start. This will probably alter some of your start and due dates.

You can then "roll-up" grouped tasks to the main topics and ultimately to the central topic to show overall progress, once you update the progress icon for each task; MM's task management feature can also be used to indicate "at risk" and "past due" tasks. You can also view the map as a Gantt chart by clicking on the appropriate button at the bottom right of the screen.
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Appreciate your help - you've nailed both my questions. Thanks.

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