A Mind-map is « a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, and decision making. »
The concept of Mind-map comes from a British psychology author, Tony Buzan.
Here’s an example of a Mind-map, that explains the very concept of mindmaping!
I find Mind-maps pretty useful to organize my ideas when I’m brainstorming on a subject.
You can of course do it manually on a sheet of paper, but I find it neater to do it electronically … There are several softwares that can help you draw your mind-maps, either dedicated ones (iMindMap, ConceptDraw MindMap, …), or softwares that include mind-mapping possibilities (MS Visio, …)
Recently some web based mind-mapping application have been created. They are usually free (at least a basic version, with payable full versions), and easy to use, making them a pretty good solution for people who may not install softwares on their PC (thank you IT security!), and who do not wish to pay for it either!
I have been trying Mindomo in the last few days, and it works great.
Has anyone tried this kind of technique? What is your experience?