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Posted Tuesday, December 6, 2011 10:41 AM
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collins.jmj (12/6/2011)
I've found benefit using the Mind Mapping software, and I've found it to be a great communication tool when working with global colleagues and partners.

The challenge is that the same file structure is used to store the mind maps - <some folder> \ <some mind map>. After creating a few dozen mind maps, I find the brainstorming capabilities start to get bogged down in trying to keep track of the maps.

Has anyone found a tool that might address this challenge, keeping in my mind Sharepoint and other large collaboration tools are too expensive?


I may be misunderstanding your challenge, but I haven't had that issue with SmartDraw. Because I use hyperlinks to link the mind maps together, I can determine the folder/file structure however I want. I usually include links From and To my mind maps, so I can navigate from one mind map to another by drilling up or drilling down, without having to remember the file structure.

There's also a feature called Collections to organize and group all your visuals (i.e. mind maps, gantt charts, flow charts, etc.), which is handy when I want to group and send all of the mind maps and diagrams for a particular project to someone outside my team.
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Posted Tuesday, December 6, 2011 10:45 AM


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Maybe you could forward them to MS OneNote.

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Thank you David!

This was exactly what I needed. I am working on some standards and measures documentation for our BI team and I was completely stuck on one part. I took your advice, grabbed XMind, and mapped it out. Problem solved and I am back to work on a very important task.


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Posted Friday, December 9, 2011 8:54 AM
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I have been using MindJet for the last couple of years and have found it an indispensable tool in projects to map both database schemas, application dependencies to data and interfaces. Most of this project are applications in place that need maintenance to data and the App.
The mapping software let me put all the data together and map relations to be able to understand the client usage scenario and the data generated from those usage.

I will highly recommend any DBA, Programmer or PM to use the tool to map your project dependencies, schemas and any other use that you may think of. I have even used the software to pitch new project Ideas to management, make presentation, for training of personnel, data archival, system documentation, just to name a few.

Thanks for the article.
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Posted Friday, December 16, 2011 4:26 PM
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Tom Brown: Thanks for your additional info on the bigger picture. I'm going to look into it!
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