Monday, April 03, 2006

This Is Not Something I'm Happy About . . .

Prior to ResultsManager, I created and worked my maps in the traditional mind mapping method of starting at the 1 o'clock position and working around the "clock" to the 12 o'clock position.

However, best practices according to ResultsManager seemingly works counterintuitive to the tradition.

Now, your projects elements and subprojects and heck, even the ResultsManager templates expect you to start on the left-hand side (11 o'clock) and work counter-clockwise to 12 o'clock.

Huh? That's totally backwards, isn't it? This exceptional break from decades of mindmapping procedure seems disconnected from what has been (so far) a well-thought-out, sophisticated piece of software.

Did I miss something here? Did I start out wrong and developed a bad habit until it became my personal best practices? Or is it something having to do with Allen's "Getting Things Done"?

Anyone know why this is best practices when using ResultsManager, but not when doing standard mindmapping?

If the folks at Gyronix want to take this on without having to deal with the limitations of the Comments field, I'll let you have the floor for a guest post or two.

As Ricky would say, "Luuu-seee, you have some 'splainin' to do!"


Blogger Nick said...


There is method in this madness.

We are using MindManager maps in a different way to the original premise of "radiant thinking". It is a different approach to using the visual interface, just like organisation charts are a particular form of tree, and don't look like brainstorms. There are no rules that say a MindManager map must be a Mind MapĀ®.

First, you are not actually constrained to work counter-clockwise. You can organise your maps in any way you prefer, and there is no specific meaning in clockwise or counter-clockwise ordering of the Main Topics in the maps. (Sub-topics are top to bottom on both sides of the map).

But we suggest working on the left of the map when planning activities, because of the way ResultsManager understands sequences of activities from the outside of the map (multiple starting points) to the inside (single completion points). If you organise your activities on the left side of the map, then forward time is shown from left to right when looking at the map. The outer topics represent earlier actions than those the centre of the map.

This is a crude form of project flowchart, although the horizonal time axis is qualitative rather than quantative, just like those stylised maps of underground train networks.

You can work on the other side of the map, but time flows from right to left on the right hand side of the map, which is a bit less intuitive.

Best regards
Nick Duffill

4/04/2006 06:05:00 AM  

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