In answer to: The Evolution of the Visual Mapper (Part Deux)?
Do you believe the Visual/Knowledge mapping arena has experienced a measurable advancement since the publication of the original article? Yes
If yes: what do you believe have been the most relevant advancements?
I can only speak of my own experience. Since 2010 I’ve taught my Idea Mapping Workshop to over 5000 professionals.
The companies where I’ve taught have taken me to a wide array of countries and organizations including these notables:
- Poland for the last 8 years to be part of a project sponsored by the Ministry of Regional Development and the European Union. This program has been recognized for its excellence by the Office of the Prime Minister.
- One of Abu Dhabi’s largest oil companies - Takreer
- Amman Jordan
- Presentations for PMI and IIBA annual conferences with standing room only
- PRA International: A clinical research organization
- Ball State U & Middle Tennessee State University
- A 3-year contract with the largest aviation company in the world
As a result of these workshops I’ve seen such a vast variety of uses for mind maps; many of which I cannot expound upon due to the proprietary nature of the content. I’ve seen tremendous personal and professional growth in astounding numbers of workshop participants. Other advancements would include the Biggerplate movement and the Using Mind Maps Magazine.
What are the consequences for the arena based on advancements and/or failures?
The consequences are like a snowball that is picking up steam. I only see a continued desire to embrace mind mapping and other visual tools that enhance learning, thinking and productivity.
Are we there yet as a mainstream addition or alternative to established productivity tool-sets?
In pockets, but still have a way to go.
How do you envision the future of Visual/Knowledge mapping arena?
The biggest change I’ve seen is that people finally get that you can’t just throw a software package at a user and expect them to “get it.” I see the trend changing to teaching learners the theory behind mind mapping then followed by the potential use of a software tool. This gives mappers deep knowledge of both hand-drawn and software generated maps. Now the purpose of creating a mind map can determine the venue.