Experiences with Mindmanager used in project management

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I am a student and currently writing a thesis about the topic “Utilization concept for mind mapping in project management”. I have chosen MindManager 15 to present the range of functions and possibilities of Mind mapping tools.

Furthermore I managed a fictitious student project to get used to the tool. But I can ́t check how Mindmanager is doing in the real business world.

For my thesis it would be very useful if anyone could share her/his experiences made with this tool practically. How is the tool used in your company? Just in the early stadium of a project or during all phases? Combined with other tools or alone?

I appreciate your help! Your answers would help me a lot. Thanks!

Sebastian

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Sebastian Wing

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Andrew Wilcox, Champion

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I can't give you maps of actual projects but this is how I use it in projects. I find MindManager's strength is managing the knowledge associated with a project: documents, files, web pages, emails, telephone calls, reminders, meetings, processes, legislation.  If you have that understand all that then producing a plan is relatively easy.

http://www.applications.cabre.co.uk/2012/02/managing-your-project-portfolio-with-mindmanager/

http://www.applications.cabre.co.uk/2011/08/really-simple-project-management/

Also use MindManager to manage the knowledge associated with a project

http://www.applications.cabre.co.uk/2008/09/using-mindmanager-to-take-snapshots-of/

Combine it with other addins and applications

http://www.applications.cabre.co.uk/2008/09/using-mindmanager-to-take-snapshots-of/

Use it analyse documents:

http://www.applications.cabre.co.uk/2010/11/mindmanager-and-tenders/

You will find many examples on
http://www.biggerplate.com/business-mindmaps/23/project-management

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Jigs Gaton, Consultant

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Sebastian, I've designed my 3-day workshop around designing projects starting with MM and moving into MS Project (www.thepowertoplan.com). Essentially, the clients that I work with just use MM to develop the structure of a MS Project Plan, then shelve the map and continue the work in MS Project. In short, MM is used as a visual / collaborative design tool to front-end MS Project. Cheers, Jigs
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Sebastian Wing

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Andrew and Jigs, thanks for your fast responses!

Andrew, I share your point of view. I think the main advantage is the knowledge management. You can avoid reduncies and have all your necessary information together. That should be a big advantage in project management, too. Thanks for the weblinks you provided.

@ Jigs: I ́ve just downloaded a trial version of MS Project to see how the export is functioning. The way you describe sounds common, especially in bigger projects.