Monday, June 1, 2009
For the past Month I’ve been using Mindsystems Amode which claims to be “The World’s most Flexible Information Manager”. Well I’m now in a position to say this software has created a whole new approach to the way information can be handled in the creation, management and exchange processes.
This software offers multiple visual modes for the knowledge worker who wants to be more proficient and effective. Go to: http://www.mindsystems.com.au/ download it and give it a try.
Visual thinkers need to take a second look at information management practices. We must challenge current thinking regarding the tools, techniques and Mindset of “visual mapping”.
Many new “Mind mapping” software offerings have exploded onto the scene. Some products may be around for a while to challenge the heavy weights, and many shall simply fall by the wayside. There’s a trend in aggregating tools into products, making them turnkey for process, system and project management.
So it seems these products have evolved into what I term Visual mapping. This includes but is not limited to Mind/concept/cause/decision and project mapping. There are many more modes covered under the visual mapping umbrella. “It’s not just about Mind maps as some would have us believe” as John England of Mindsystems recently stated.
It has now become clear “Information handling” is the unique characteristic associated with the successful creation, management and exchange of data. Information is summative data which has to be contextualized to be relevant, useful and further processed into an intelligent knowledge data base.
Information has become a monetized commodity that is realized within organizations when they use the tools, techniques and mindset of visual mapping. One size doesn’t fit all, but the point is to realize the potential for being unique in your use of these tools.
For the most part Mind mapping has not offered a solutions approach to information management, and this in one of the reasons why it has struggled to burst into the mainstream. There are indeed new solution focused products that are challenging, changing and improving our current information handling practices. Of all the periodicals I have read Chuck Frey writes with the most intelligent and informative view of this field.
The techniques however, are specific to your environment and over time, they become standardized within your arena of use. The mindset is associated with the whole brain thinking approach to integrated linear/nonlinear handling of data/information and knowledge data bases.
What unique techniques do I employ that have made significant impact to me? Integrating linear/nonlinear is now expected, even demanded by the users of Mind mapping products. These users have evolved into visual mappers, who utilize software products offering flexible frameworks in modes that supercharge their information management skills.