methods - Idea Lifecycle
Often good idea
requires additional efforts to adapt this idea to the reality. There are
many good methods for idea processing, such as brainstorming, mind mapping
and so on. Mind Pad is software to support your idea processing tasks.
Why Mind Pad can
support different idea processing methods?
of the Mind Pad bases on its object-oriented approach. It’s a tool, which
can be adapted to many business tasks and many different methods for idea
processing, problem solving and knowledge representation.
We know that the difference between mind mapping
and concept mapping is that concept map describes relationships, but mind
map describes subject domains. Mind Pad allows creating classical mind map,
but also it allows writing text on links, so mind map turns to concept
Also, Mind Pad can be used for any subject
representation, because of opportunities that it provides to create your own
models and styles of frames. You can create your frames and visualize your
specific problem workspace.
Simple key shortcuts provide supporting team
conversations and brainstorming methods, because new frames and branches can
be created in a very simple, quick and easy way. Concrete way of different
idea producing methods with Mind Pad will be described in the following. But
the main features which provide such a free adaptability of Mind Pad are
custom designed objects. Meaning that you can turn Mind Pad for your own
specific tasks very easy.
more about Mind Pad 2.0. functions and
Stages and methods.
is idea processing? In the beginning of any new activity, business or
problem you have one main idea. It should be well outspoken. For example it
could be: “I want to create outstanding program for C++ code checking”
or “I want to raise price for our product” and so on. Write this idea
down to see your end goal.
Let's start ideas
processing with ... mind mapping
you should make your idea well-defined. What features should your program
have or how much do you want to raise your price? Any idea is a complicated
thing and you should clearly know what you really want. Map out everything
you know about your idea. That is mind
mapping method. It is very simple – idea is a central topic, all
details are branches.
Describe ideas in details with process mapping
next stage in idea processing is visualizing idea’s data domain.
Everything is interconnected in our world and you always should be clear in
your mind about this. Represent this context as a concept
map to define all relationships which influence on your idea. For
example, here you can find out that your competitor will make good use after
your prices rising.
Find opportunities with brainstorming
you look at your idea in the context, you see problems with its realization.
Often, you should think about it and offer some steps for avoiding this. It
could be difficult and maybe you will need to use brainstorming methods to generate a decision.
(sometimes referred to as Word
Storming or Thought Showering)
is an organized approach for producing ideas by letting the mind think
without interruption. Brainstorming has many applications but it is most
frequently used in obtaining ideas for new products and making improvements
to existing products; developing ideas for advertising campaigns; finding
ways of improving business and production processes; generates sharing and
discussion of ideas while stimulating participants to think.
Pad you can use a modified variant of brainstorming, when ideas are judged
and put into an organized structure as opposed to the classical
brainstorming where judgment is reserved for later stages.
or use nominal group technique
it will be defensible to use nominal
group technique to get rank-ordered list of ideas. Nominal
group technique is a type of brainstorming that introduces structure to
the process. It is useful in ensuring that all participant have an equal say
and can be used to generate a rank-ordered list of ideas, if you can use
your team to help you with some problem.
Typically each participant is asked to tell their
ideas. Moderator writes down each idea as a branch in Mind Pad. Then each
participant should give each idea a score. Scores summed, providing a
rank-ordered list. To get final result – use reporting feature.
Now it's a time to act
you should create a plan with dates and exact actions. Here you can use knowledge
representation methods because at this moment you have a lot of
information about your project.
At the end
of idea producing you know what you really want and what you should do to
make it real.
Mind Pad and idea
we know some methods supporting idea processing. Let’s see how Mind Pad
can help you with it.
To describe your idea you can use the base Mind Pad
feature – creating mind maps. User-friendly interface, new techniques for
managing map topics will help you with it. Learn how to get
started with Mind Pad.
To create a concept map for the
context of your idea you should just add writing text on links. Double click
on link between two frames and put some comments into the text box. Learn more
To use nominal
group technique you can create new custom frame using Mind Pad editor with score property and write small
script for summarizing. Learn more about object-oriented
a plan – add date property to standard frame and use images to picture
task our stages specific.
At the end
– create one mind map to unite all results of idea processing with your
idea as a central topic and all your stages as a branches.
integrated complex view of you idea, it’s difficulties, advantages and
realization plan. All this is the half of success already.
Evaluate Mind Pad
let us know what you think about this article: