We need CONCEPT MAPS for the adequate representation of complex relations!

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"Mind maps are excellent for simple organisational work, but their restrictive hierarchical structure doesn't allow the adequate visualization of complex relations.

Mind maps, hence hierarchical structures, are just a small subset of the much more potent world of Concept Mapping.

Please, introduce the power of true concept mapping!"
(from mentalwaves)
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"There are probably user, which don't really understand, why we are voting for concept maps. Here are some arguments.

AN ELEMENTAR SAMPLE

Simply try to adequately visualize a very simple case:
A---loves--->B---hates--->C---loves--->A

You'll quickly see, that you'll need to draw a loop, to obtain a clear and neutral model - in this case a kind of triangle ABC. But the typical MM mind map doesn't support this. So the alternative could be three floating topics and relationships between them. Just try this and you'll see what a cumbersome work you have to do, although you create a simple construct with only three elements.

The more complex your construct, the many objects and loops, the more you'll realize, how dramatically the mind map principle fails, and how helpless we currently are without concept maps.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT AS SAMPLE

In the case of project management the best combination is not Mind Map + Gantt Chart, but PERT Chart + Gantt Chart.
Why? Because complex projects require as well sequentially as parallelly performed activities. Such interdependencies can be modeled as network (concept map - in this case a PERT chart). A Mind Map is not able to display the needed relations, being a completely distorted version of the needed model, even if you try to create all the needed relationships.

CONCLUSION

If we need to represent data, information, material or energy flows, or if we want to visualize states or structures of complex systems, in these ore many other cases, concept maps would be the right answer.
" [from mentalwaves]