Using Mind Mapping in the second stage
Nevertheless, Mind Mapping can be helpful in a creative process, namely, as part of divergent thinking, when ideas have to be sorted and structured. After you’ve selected from the multiplicity of developed ideas those which you would like to examine further, Mind Mapping can serve you well:
You can now use Mind Mapping to structure and arrange your selected ideas from perspectives that are meaningful to you.
By setting out ideas within a Mind Map you can see which aspects you’ve covered particularly well and which points have so far generated few ideas and need to be explored further. Structuring ideas may also reveal categories for which you’ve found no ideas.
Developing and Ordering Ideas with MindManager: A Step-by-Step Approach
One well thought-out method of developing ideas freely and uninhibitedly and then organising them with Mind Maps is provided by the Mindjet MindManager software package and its brainstorming facility.
In Chapter 9 I introduced several other software packages with a similar function. The principle is similar for all packages with a brainstorming facility.
In this section I introduce the use of the brainstorming facility for developing, evaluating and organising ideas in a step-by-step approach.