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  • Thilo Wack

    "This is really great stuff. These mind maps will make the combined experience of seasoned project managers available to any rookie in a way that they can actually really use despite being new to the profession. Thank you so much for this, it must be an awful amount of work! ..."
  • Rami Kaibni

    "The mind maps "MP4PM" was a great initiative by Markus. It all started with a simple discussion thread and he took it to the next level by consolidating everyone's comments. The great thing about those mind maps is that they contain a wealth of information that can be used by anyone and most importantly this Information was based on many PM's experience."
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    Introducing "MP4PM-MindmaPping for ProjectManagement" - Part III

    Written by pmp_ admin. Posted in MP4PM - Initiating

    In Part III of the Introduction of our “MP4PM – Mind mapping for Project Management”we will not only provide you the next general “MP4PM” features; we will also introduce you the next deliverable/result of “MP4PM” so you can already see how “MP4PM” will work and look like.

    If you have missed the first two Parts of our Introduction you should first have a look here:

    Introducing "MP4PM-MindmaPping for ProjectManagement" - Part I

    Introducing "MP4PM-MindmaPping for ProjectManagement" - Part II

     

    Now let’s have a look on the next general features “MP4PM” will provide you:

    MP4PM Intro part three

    Not bad, right? Well, there is still a lot to come ... 1.1.2 MP4PM review Business Case

     

    OK, let’s come back to the next installment of “MP4PM”. Again we had great support of the projectmanagement.com community and so we had just released the Version 1.0 of the second deliverable (to use project management wording). This time it is a map/template what should support you as a project manager in reviewing the business case/documents which are often the basis for a project initiation, right?

    And so the map/template is called “review business case”.

    We have promised, that “MP4PM” will be closely aligned tot the PMBoK Guide and the business case or equivalent documents are known as PMBoK Guide develop charter flow chartan input to the “develop project charter” process in the PMBoK Guide fifth edition, right?

    We have done a version 1.0 already, but of course - like the complete “MP4PM” framework - this deliverable will be continuously improved and developed further. If you want to participate in this development, please feel free to add your valuable inputs in the corresponding discussion threads at the end of this posting. Any feedback is highly appreciated!

    You can access an interactive online version of the “review business case” map here (or just by clicking on the picture above):

    http://www.projectmanagement.plus/mp4pmmaps/1.1.2%20MP4PM%20review%20Business%20Case.html

    Please use this version for review only.

    If you want to use the map and/or work with it, then please download it from here:

    http://projectmanagement.plus/en/mp4pm/mp4pm-downloads/download/2-mp4pm/2-1-1-2-mp4pm-review-business-case

    For downloading the map/files you need to be logged in on projectmanagement.plus.

    “review business case” is not only available as .mmap (what is the MindManager file format, but could also be opened with Xmind for instance), it is also provided in several other formats like the usual MS Office formats for instance.

    Please try out and let us know your feedback/critic and/or additions; highly appreciated!

    In our next blog we will introduce you the next “MP4PM” features and may be we will talking already about the next deliverable what is actually work in progress.

    Until next time ... ;)

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    Introducing "MP4PM-MindmaPping for ProjectManagement" - Part II

    Written by pmp_ admin. Posted in MP4PM - Initiating

    In our last blog we had started with the Introduction of our “MP4PM – Mind mapping for Project Management”. In this blog entry we will not only provide you the next two “MP4PM” features; we will also introduce you the very first deliverable/result of “MP4PM” as a preview, so you can already see how “MP4PM” will look like and how it works basically. This way you can see what to expect in near future. And the best is: it is ready to use out of the box for anybody who wants to try out or just having a look. 

    But first let’s have a look on the next two features we will provide you within “MP4PM”:

    MP4PM Intro part two

    Sounds interesting for you?

    OK, let’s come back to our first result out of “MP4PM”. With the great support of the community at projectmanagement.com we have just released the Version 1.0 of our first deliverable (to use project management wording); it is a questionnaire (as mind map of course) for the very first initiation meeting with your project sponsor in the project initiation phase (if you are in the role of the project manager) and it is called “Knowing the Sponsor”.

    1.1.1 MP4PM Knowing Your Project SponsorSince we have said, that “MP4PM” will be closely aligned tot the PMBoK Guide you may wonder now cause “Knowing the Sponsor” is not a PMBoK Guide Process and also not an ITTO, right?! Furthermore the very first process as by the PMBoK Guide is “Develop Project Charter”, correct? … of course …

    Yes, but as you also may know there are mostly some additional Steps before you can start creating the Project Charter. Therefore we will have some additional artefacts that we do support with MP4PM and “Knowing the Sponsor” is the very first of them.

    We have done a version 1.0 already, but of course like the complete “MP4PM” framework this deliverable will be continuously improved and developed further.

    If you want to participate in this development, please feel free to add your valuable inputs in the corresponding discussion thread at the end of this posting. Any feedback is highly appreciated.

    You can access an interactive online version of the “Knowing your Sponsor” map here (or just by clicking on the picture above):

    http://www.projectmanagement.plus/mp4pmmaps/1.1.1%20MP4PM%20Knowing%20Your%20Project%20Sponsor

    Please use this version for review only.
    If you want to use the map and/or work with it, then please download it from here:

    http://projectmanagement.plus/en/mp4pm/mp4pm-downloads

    For downloading the map/files you need to be logged in on projectmanagement.plus. If you do not want to create a user account there, then just write me a private message here and I will provide you the files.

    “Knowing your Sponsor” is not only available as .mmap (what is the MindManager file format, but could also be opened with Xmind for instance), it is also provided in several other formats like the usual MS Office formats for instance (all included in the download package!).

    Please try out and let us know what you thinking of it.

    In our next blog we will introduce you the next “MP4PM” features and may be we will talking already about the next deliverable what is actually work in progress.

    Until next time ... ;)

     

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    Introducing "MP4PM-MindmaPping for ProjectManagement" - Part I

    Written by pmp_ admin. Posted in MP4PM

    In our last Mind Mapping article we have given an overview why we think that Mind Mapping is that beneficial for project management. You can find some other articles, blogs and even webinars here at projectmanagement.com where mind mapping is already promoted.
    For some reason most of them are relatively old and it seems that this topic has been lacked a bit in the past. I have a personal passion for Mind Mapping in general and for
    Mind Mapping tools/software and their usage for project management especially and worked with Mindjet MindManager for instance since some years now.

    productivity increaseAnd I am totally convinced that Mind Mapping could be a big help in making the project managers work easier and more efficient.
    A surve
    y by Mind Mapping expert Chuck Frey for instance, shows that business users of mind mapping believe their productivity has increased on average by 25%. 

    Mind mapping is being used across organizations to:

    • Increase productivity
    • Enhance meetings
    • Simplify request for proposals (RFP)
    • Overview knowledge management
    • Optimize project management 
    • Improve collaboration and communication
    • and much more…

    In addition i do believe that tool-supported Mind Mapping could be used to support more or less all the PMBoK Guide Processes and ITTO’s in a great way. And this is exactly what we want to realize; therefore we are actually working on an integrated approach which we called "MP4PM - MindmaPping for project management".

    Starting with this blog we will introduce the most recent features of “MP4PM” over the next few days/weeks while resulting in a comprehensive introduction and overview as a webinar, kicking off a huge webinar series about the usage and how to apply “MP4PM” in your daily project work.

    Here are the first two features we want to realize with “MP4PM”:

    MP4Pm first two features

    In our next blog we will not only provide the next two “MP4PM” features; we will also show you the very first deliverable/result of “MP4PM” as a sneak preview, so you can see what to expect in near future. And the bonus is: it is ready to use out of the box for anybody who wants to try. So stay tuned … ;)

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    Mind Mapping® for project management – an overview

    Written by pmp_ admin. Posted in MP4PM

    Soon we will start publishing our new, PMBoK guide aligned and Mind Mapping® based project management framework "MP4PM".

    And to kick this off we want to first look at the facts why Mind Mapping® in general is a great tool to gather, organize and transfer information and how it could be a help especially in project management efforts by utilizing Mind Mapping® software.

    mindmap genericThis article contains the following sections:

    Mind Mapping® is a way of visually representing ideas and information. Just as geographical maps help people see where they’re going and help them anticipate and avoid obstacles, Mind Maps® let people lay out ideas and connect information in a way that helps identify dependencies, connections, and risks.

    Mind Mapping® is a powerful technique and the advantages of Mind Maps® are many:

    • The relative importance of each idea is clearly indicated by how near it is to the center, which clearly features the main idea.
    • The links between key concepts will be immediately obvious from their proximity and connection to one another. The brain works primarily with key concepts that it links and integrates. Mind Maps® work in the same way, meaning that recall and review will be faster and more effective.
    • The nature of the Mind Map® structure allows for the easy addition of new information.
    • Each Mind Map® has its own unique pattern, which further aids recall.
    • The open-ended nature of the Mind Map® is a great aid to creativity, allowing the brain to make new and exciting connections with ease.
    • With practice, you'll find Mind Maps® help you to be your best in every thinking situation.

     


     
    Uses Benefits
    Learning
    • Reduce those 'tons of work'.
    • Feel good about study, revision and exams.
    • Have confidence in your learning abilities
    Overviewing
    • See the whole picture, the global view, at once.
    • Understand the links and connections
    Concentrating
    • Focus on the task for better results
    • Using all your cortical skills attracts your attention
    Memorising
    • Easy recall
    • 'See' the information in your mind's eye
    Organising
    • Easy recall
    • Be on top of all the details for parties, holidays, projects or any other subject
    Presenting
    • Speeches are clear, relaxed and alive. You can be at your best
    Communicating
    • In all forms with clarity and conciseness
    Meetings
    • From planning to agenda, to chairing, to taking the minutes...the jobs are completed with speed and efficiency
    Training
    • From preparation to presentation, they make the job easier and much faster
    Thinking
    • Having a method to analyze thoughts - almost a 'way station' for them
    Negotiating
    • All issues, your position and maneuverability on one sheet
    Brain Blooming
    • The new brain-storming in which more thoughts are generated and appropriately assessed.

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    By looking at those use cases and benefits you might think “well, there are a lot of them appearing in project management also, right?” and yes, there are. Since project management is all about gathering information and work with them and also about communication, Mind Mapping® can be utilized for this actions in a great way. But then you may think “well, but all this paper work … and if it is written down, how to reorganize the information if necessary?" (and it will be, right?).

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