Andrew Papageorge, in his excellent new book, GoInnovate, offers one of the most concise and persuasive explanations I’ve ever seen of how mind mapping software can help you to supercharge your project planning and execution:
“One of the best things you can do to run a successful project is to think before you act. The more front end planning you and your team do to define project stakeholders, goal, scope, definitions of success, and potential risk, the better off you will be…”
“Users (of mind mapping software) often find that they derive the greatest benefit from (it) during early stage project planning, when team members and stakeholders need to be flexible, inclusive and imaginative in their thinking. Once the project is shaped and initiated, (mind mapping software)… helps project teams keep track of project details, manage change and build concise but complete documentation. It enables project teams to keep stakeholders informed and on track with the project — without requiring the team to create additional documentation. And finally, it creates a very concise, complete and clear repository of all project related information that can be easily accessed in the course of preparing for future projects.”
Most people, when they think of project management, probably don’t view it as a task that requires creative thinking. But, as Andrew clearly demonstrates, it should be an integral part of the project planning process.