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The “lost art” of Mind Mapping.  Liz Sundet ◦ MBA, PMP, CBAP, CSM ◦ Musician: Dog Lover:  Percussion  Piano ◦ Biker: “Throttles, not pedals” ◦ Email:

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1 The “lost art” of Mind Mapping

2  Liz Sundet ◦ MBA, PMP, CBAP, CSM ◦ Musician: Dog Lover:  Percussion  Piano ◦ Biker: “Throttles, not pedals” ◦ or ◦ Follow on ◦ Connect with me on LinkedIn  csm/17/a36/180/

3  Maggie Swearingen ◦ 10 years building websites ◦ 5 years with SharePoint ◦ Expertise in: IA, UX, Governance Planning, User Adoption and Taxonomy Planning ◦ ◦ Follow on ◦ Connect with me on LinkedIn 

4 …not quite a Mind Map Why is it the lost art: Few people have heard of it, fewer have used it in a business application

5  What is Mind Mapping  What are some guidelines around Mind Mapping  Create a Mind Map  How to apply Mind Maps to business  Demo – we need an audience guinea pig!

6  First learned Mind Mapping during an MBA class  It fit my learning style by combining a kinesthetic learning (doing learner) with a visual learner in a very creative way  I’ve used it in a variety of ways and get asked often “what are you doing”?

7  What is Mind Mapping ◦ Graphic diagram to visually outline information ◦ Created around a single word or text to which associated ideas, words and concepts are added ◦ Can be drawn by hand or used with software ◦ Also called spider diagrams, spidergrams, webs, mind webs, webbing or idea sun bursting  Very easy to use and teach others to use it and facilitate use during meetings


9  First popularized by Tony Buzan, a British popular psychology author and TV personality (1970’s series called Use Your Head)  Version of a concept map, but a mind map uses one central key word with radiating concepts

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12  Buzan suggests the following guidelines for creating mind maps (from Wikipedia) ◦ Start in the center with an image of the topic, using at least 3 colors. ◦ Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions throughout your mind map. ◦ Select key words and print using upper or lower case letters. ◦ Each word/image is best alone and sitting on its own line. ◦ The lines should be connected, starting from the central image. The central lines are thicker, organic and thinner as they radiate out from the center. ◦ Make the lines the same length as the word/image they support. ◦ Use multiple colors throughout the mind map, for visual stimulation and also to encode or group. ◦ Develop your own personal style of mind mapping. ◦ Use emphasis and show associations in your mind map. ◦ Keep the mind map clear by using radial hierarchy, numerical order or outlines to embrace your branches.


14  Highly creative—but with a systematic purpose  When doing Mind Mapping, others will be very interested in “what are you doing”  Use colors, use shortcuts, use pictures, use txt wrds and anything else that allows you to tell the story in the end  Start in center, upper right has 1 st idea, then carry thru clockwise to other ideas  Practice it!

15  SharePoint is highly hierarchical  SharePoint relies on logical relationships  It’s a friendly translation from a folder-driven system

16  Items – Documents, Images, Pages, List items  Lists and Libraries  Metadata  Content Types  Sites

17  350,000 pieces of content  Subset of 65,000  600 sites  One content type  No managed metadata


19  Highly visual  Very specific  Easy to update/change  Exportable in a variety of formats

20  How would someone want to search it?  How is it currently organized? What’s the current folder structure?  How would I want to categorize it?  Who is it for?  Should it be categorized by year or date?  What makes my content special? ◦ Videos ◦ Webinars ◦ Press Releases ◦ White Papers ◦ Products

21  Mid-sized organization  Public facing SharePoint Upgrade  Highly-categorized content  Site efficiency depended on faceted search and aggregation


23  Common ones are ◦ MindMeister ◦ MindJet ◦ SimpleMind ◦ Total Recall ◦ MindNode ◦ iThoughts ◦ iBrainstormer ◦ iMindMap (Tony Buzan’s)

24  Termsets  Terms  Synonyms  Relationships (Reuse?)


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