IN THIS CHAPTER
Exploring the Brainstorming template
Learning about outlining features
Creating brainstorming diagrams
Adding and connecting topics
Exporting and importing brainstorming data
Moving and rearranging topics
Changing layout and shape styles
Enhancing diagram appearance
Working with legends
Brainstorming is an effective way to get people to think outside the box while generating new ideas or creative solutions to challenging problems. During brainstorming sessions, participants are free to express any idea that springs to mind without judgment from other team members. When anything goes and criticism is withheld, as-yet-unidentified options and innovative solutions often surface. Brainstorming can help flesh out ideas for any purpose, including business strategy, research, new applications for existing products—even the plot of a novel.
This chapter begins by describing how to create brainstorming diagrams to show the relationships between topics and numerous levels of subtopics. You'll learn how to transform the organized chaos of brainstorming diagrams you build during sessions into readable and meaningful diagrams. Finally, you'll learn how to add a legend to a diagram to identify the symbols used.
Brainstorming sessions tend to be fast-paced and a bit disorganized, so it's hard to capture the flood of information on a diagram. In the Visio Brainstorming template, the Brainstorming Shapes stencil ...