Recently I wrote about my love for mind maps and specifically, the web-based product MindMeister for online collaboration.

The topic of mind maps has been explored recently on the SOLOSEZ listserv. Nerino Petro, PMA for the State Bar for Wisconsin, offered some great advice and tidbits:

“I’ve found it to be helpful when in meetings with ideas or thoughts
coming from a number of different folks. It’s easy to ID topics and
subpoints and group them together. So you could have a mindmap with
topics for each issue with subpoints for pro and con issues and the
comments and thoughts for each one. You can easily move them around and
group them as needed.”

Nerino uses the products MindManager and Gyronix. He likes the export feature of MindManager. A simple mind map flattened into a Word file might look a little like this (Nerino’s example):

1 Breach of Contract
1.1 Elements necessary to Prove
1.1.1 Existence of Contract

Hope this helps take mind mapping from the theoretical to the concrete!