It's officially out, read about it at the Mind Mapping Software Weblog:
It's officially out, read about it at the Mind Mapping Software Weblog:
Cool Preview of ResultsManager 7, brought to you by ActivityOwner:
B) I know a business-building expert and guru named Rich Schefren who gives away loads of spectacular free content and does blockbuster business as a result.
C) I feel a moral obligation. As a Visual Strategist and Gyronix Certified Trainer, I've worked with hundreds, if not thousands of people on structuring their mind maps and managing projects. If I knew all of the common goals, shared feelings and desired experiences sought, and could give you THE solution at no cost, wouldn't it be a crime not to deliver it to you?
D) I'm in a festive mood with the release of MindManager 7.
What you're going to get with the Visual Strategist Solution template package:
All I ask is your feeback, word-of-mouth and consideration.
It's worth noting that you can have my solution for free even if you don't have MindManager by downloading the free MindManager Viewer. This release is for EVERYONE.
Now, without further ado, take charge and download the Visual Strategist Solution template package here!
Welcome to the second part of my answers to Chuck Frey's questions. If you missed the first part, check out the Top 10 Software Mapping Mistakes to Avoid here.
In his second question, Chuck is asking when maps are done, a fair question, considering that most people don't know, kind of like when to sell a stock. Here are my answers:
1. A presentation map is done when it's gone through multiple drafts and you have that polished gem that conveys the original point brilliantly. Use the same discipline as you would with any other office document.
2. An information map is done when it houses the information currently available, with the understanding it is to be updated when new instances come up.
3. A project map is done when the project is completed, best practices from that instance have been added back to the template and Support information has been archived. Here's a great project template from Gyronix.
4. An Area Core Map is never done.
5. A Life Core Map is never done.
If you're wondering what an Area Core Map is (#4) and a Life Core Map is (#5), download my free Visual Strategist Solution template package here and be sure to follow the instructions on the download page. It's a complete Mindjet MindManager mindmap framework and file-folder structure to manage the Personal and Professional Realms of your life. If you're a Gyronix fan, it has Gyronix Projects baked in. If not, you can use the Mindjet MindManager Outlook linker to portray Tasks. And definitely use the Outlook linker to portray Contacts and Appointments in mind map form.
My buddy Matt Buchanan saw fit to bless me with the opportunity to tell you five things you didn't previously know about me in a March post. I'm overdue in replying, so maybe I'll try to put in a 6th if I feel ultra inspired.
Recently, I was asked by Chuck Frey of Innovation Tools and the Mind Mapping Software Weblog to Provide him with answers to questions about what Mappers deal with. I went a little overboard with my answer, so what better place to park it than my blog! Yeah, Yeah... I think you may find some of them helpful, so without further ado...
What common mistakes should people avoid when creating Software-produced mind maps?
1. Go with Jared Diamond's 'Guns, Germs and Steel' Approach: Horizontal expansion is better than vertical. I recommend heavy use of the hierarchical structure to accomplish this. A key reason is that it's easier to draw lines between bodies of information when they are horizontally next to each other, as opposed to vertically separate as in a vertical-shaped map. Download the Strategic Management Core Template here.
2. Avoid the mistake of NOT using icons. They give you a database-like functionality in your maps. Further, decide on your icon-set for the map upfront, as on-the-fly can produce haphazard results.
3. Avoid creating a map for brushing your teeth. Okay seriously, you can have too many worthless maps. They breed like rabbits: Watch out!
4. Avoid creating one map with everything in it and no more. Seriously, I applaud the desire to rule your maps, but this just ends being a giant, unmanageable empire.
5. Avoid not using color in maps. You'll be more engaged when it looks pleasing to the eye. Just watch out for using too much color. As usual, less is more.
6. Avoid not using images in maps. The topic text will engage the left-brain, so why not get the right brain going for free with topic images. In a way, that's what mapping is: A way to get the whole brain engaged. There's great ROI implied here, because most employers get employees' creativity or logic in whichever area employees are stronger. Mapping should get both sides of the brain without a change in compensation plans, so in a way its double the brainpower for your money.
7. Avoid not opening at least one map a day. Relentlessness is key if you want mapping to become a habit and not just a fad.
8. Avoid the conventional wisdom that mapping is simply about inspiration and creativity. It is also about taking ground, holding it and expanding it.
9. Avoid reinventing the wheel: Look online and in books for best practices and habits.
10. Avoid not working with Kyle McFarlin and Visual Strategist. (Shameless, absolutely shameless.)
Stay tuned for my answer to Chuck's second question.
A quick note announcing the launch of my business website, VisualStrategist. Keep your expectations low and you're bound to love it! Check it out here.
Well, I thought an update was in order on my saga, no make that epic struggle to get a working computer. See my previous post for more. Just got off the phone with Beth, the HP caseworker who's now saved me twice, and Vista Home Premium 32-bit is finally on its way to me in the mail. But wait you ask, wasn't it supposed to be sent to you last week Kyle (Kyle your name rhymes with style)? Shouldn't you be using it NOW?
Not quite. You see, HP accidentally sent me Vista Home Basic, which I received on Monday. When I called in to complain, the support center told me it's not their policy to send Recovery DVDs for anything but the preinstalled OS (Vista Ultimate 64-bit in my case), so they're not allowed to fix the mistake and send the correct Recovery DVD. Yeah, that's great for me I told them: Now I'm supposed to be up creek because the guy who was willing to massage the rule to get me what I needed goofed? Naturally, I demanded an audience with his supervisor, who was helpful in setting me up with a promised call from a caseworker.
Yesterday (Tuesday) the caseworker Beth tried to reach me early in the day, but I missed her and was unable to reach her through the rest of the day.
Finally, today, things got resolved when Beth called. Beth, if this were a hip-hop album, this is your shout out for finally getting Home Premium 32-bit in the mail to me (Why doesn't HP offer Vista Ultimate 32-bit again?). It'll be fun to able to use my software again. 64-bit is cool, but I can't go without Itunes, which doesn't work on Vista 64-bit, not to mention Dragon Naturally Speaking.
It's taken me 3 days of calling through to different areas of HP Support to get this thing resolved. And only 9 weeks since the sound blew out on my original DV 9000 laptop. Scary stuff if you're doing business folks.
Okay, if you're thinking I'm spoiled for complaining, I know I'm lucky to even be having a problem at this level on Maslowe's hierarchy. Still, 10 weeks this will have taken when it's concluded. Damn, that ain't cool HP. I've been telling people to buy your stuff for years. I mean, I wore an Ipaq at my college graduation - I should be your flipping mascot. And then this... disappointed doesn't even begin to cover it.
Quick update on the never-ending computer saga, or here's a better idea, a quick summary.
In conclusion, it's now been 8 weeks since my laptop crashed and burned, and I'm still not up and running yet.
Oh yeah, and I'm sick as a dog.
I'll be in Amish country for the next, oh, 6 years if you need me.
But seriously, it makes me think back to my previous post on what I would do if the technology left me. I've realized it wasn't just hypothetical, it can happen. Check it out here.
I recently posted my Top 10 Mapping Shortcut Tips for MindManager & ResultsManager, and I've been blown away by the quality of responses I've gotten. The latest is ActivityOwner's Top 12 (yes, AO's bested me) MindManager/ResultsManager Tips.
They're a great list of tips to get the ball rolling with the Gyronix System (the combination of MindManager and ResultsManager), and for power users they'll easily add to the value you get from the solution. Check out AO's Top 12 MM/RM Tips here.