Mind Mapping is a way of drawing information instead of writing it in sentences. The format is one starting point which then branches out as a tree. It is made up from boxes with word that is connected in a way that the connections become part of the meaning.
This makes the information much easier to understand and analyse, as it is presented visually and not just as raw data.
Where to use Mind Maps
Mind Maps can be used beneficially in a lot of situations; some of them are listed below.
- When presenting a subject where the overall structure needs to be easy understood.
- When going through a complex problem solving exercise
- As a summary of notes taken on a subject
Creating a Mind Map
All Mind Maps start with a concept or subject, and then the entire Mid Map is built around that. Below are the steps to take when developing a mind map.
- Chose the topic or concept you want to do a Mind Map of.
- Create branches with a single word that relates to the main subject. There is no limitation on the amount, also different colours or pictures can be used for better understanding.
- Create sub branches that go from the main branches, and all have a word associated with them that elaborates on the branch it comes from.
- New information is linked in to the Mind Map appropriately as it gets available.
Effective Mind Maps
There are a few things that can be considered in order to create a more efficient Mind Map. Below are some suggestions you could consider when creating your next Mind Map.
- Use single words: When writing a report many words are used to make it readable and ensuring that facts are not taken out of context. For a Mind Map, simple is better. Use single strong words, as long sentences will remove the overview of the structure.
- Use colours: Use colours to separate topics for a better overview and easy understanding of the structure.
- Use images: Pictures are easier understood and remembered than words.
- Use printed letters: Printed letters are easier to read, which support the purpose of a simple and clear overview of the subject.
Mind Maps is one of the lean tools, if you found it interesting then our 5S Training might be of interest to you. It is usually the first step to take when starting out with lean, as it creates the foundation for further improvements to be implemented.
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