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12 reasons you need to get off the fence and use mind mapping software for project management

As the speed of business continues to increase and projects become more complex, project managers need better tools to help them plan, implement, monitor project status and communicate effectively with team members and stakeholders – who are often geographically dispersed. Mind mapping software has emerged as a powerful tool that is particularly well-suited to project management.

Here are 12 ways in which mind mapping software can help you step up your project management game:

http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/12-reasons-project-management-mind-mapping-software/

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Visual project management: From mind map to GANTT chart
One of the reasons mind mapping software is such a popular tool for project management is that the data you can capture in topic tasks maps very neatly over to a GANTT project timeline view.

This gives you two visual perspectives on your tasks, their sequence and dependencies, and when each one needs to be completed. If you’re having trouble picturing how the information from your mind map translates into a GANTT chart, I’ve created an infographic that explains it all – visually, of course!

Download it now: http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/project-management-mind-map-to-gantt-chart/

Pin it for later: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/177118197822558531/

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Here is my latest article on the +Content Marketing Institute blog. I serve as the Director of Online Training for CMI, acting as the business manager to grow this part of CMI's services.

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Equipping yourself with new skills helps you sidestep programmatic thinking. Evaluate what you need today to be the content marketer of tomorrow.
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How the Conjure Your Creativity card deck helps jump-start your muse
Do you ever get stuck coming up with creative ideas? The Conjure Your Creativity tips card deck from +Unstuck can help.

They are designed to help you diagnose what the problem is, reveal tips and strategies to eliminate or side-step the barrier and start taking one bite-sized step at a time toward a creative solution.

This card deck is truly unique: Rather than just trying to force you into brute thinking new solutions, as the average ideation card deck does, this tool takes a different tack. It asks you to consider what the problem is – why you are unable to generate fresh ideas and insights. It then recommends steps to solve your creative impasse.

Read more about this remarkable creativity tool here:

http://chuckfrey.com/conjure-your-creativity-card-deck-review/

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10 Ways to Profit From Serendipity
Serendipity can often be a pathway to creative breakthroughs. Random stimuli leads our thinking away from familiar paths and incremental ideas – and toward profitable new adventures, perspectives and insights.

So why don’t we employ serendipity more? Perhaps because we don’t know how to cultivate it. A Google search reveals that plenty of people are extolling the virtues of serendipity, but few people are explaining how to go about it.

Here are 10 ways you can summon serendipity on demand:

http://chuckfrey.com/creativity-10-ways-to-profit-from-serendipity/

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Mind mapping software is an elegant and agile way to manage small- to medium-sized projects. My forthcoming e-course will explain how to do it.

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Everything you've always wanted to know about mind mapping software - but were afraid to ask

If you’re looking for a tool that can help you accelerate your productivity, creativity and effectiveness – to be indispensable – then it’s time to take a closer look at mind mapping software. My new free report, The Essential Guide to Mind Mapping Software, can help:

http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/the-essential-guide-to-mind-mapping-software/

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Simplify and accelerate your project management with this new e-course
Do you face any of these common challenges when managing a project – especially if you’re not a professional project manager?

- Managing its scope
- Brainstorming ideas to make it a success
- Accurately assessing risks
- Organizing the huge volume of project data
- Forgetting to include important details
- Failure to take into account a specific stakeholder’s needs
- Poor project communication and collaboration

One type of productivity tool can help solve all of these challenges: Mind mapping software.

Project management is one of its most practical and powerful applications, but it’s also one of the least understood. That’s why I created a new online course that’s focused on how to use mind mapping software for project management.

Read all about it here:

http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/project-management-ecourse-launched/

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9 mind maps for exceptional project management
Mind mapping software can be used in a myriad of ways to streamline project management.  Here are 9 ways it can help you increase your odds of project success.

Mind mapping software can be used in a myriad of ways to streamline project management. It’s not only valuable for project planning, but also execution and analysis.

In his new book, Mind Maps for Effective Project Management, professional project manager and trainer Maneesh Dutt presents the idea that today’s project environment requires different tools and a different way of thinking.

“Project management is both an art and a science, requiring both our left and right brain skills,” Dutt explains. “However, the multitude of tools for PM that we find in the market seem to focus strongly on the logic, measurements and have in effect a left brain dominance. Mind maps are the perfect approach to fill in this missing gap and take project management to its next level of maturity where it becomes more engaging and fun, resulting in more successful projects.”

In the book, he outlines 9 types of mind maps that project managers can create to do build a more complete picture of stakeholder needs, project requirements, execution steps and much more. He does so with a high degree of clarity, making his insights especially valuable to those of us who would like to do a more effective job of managing our increasingly complex and multifaceted projects.

http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/9-mind-maps-for-exceptional-project-management/

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How to integrate Evernote with 7 mind mapping applications
Developers of mind mapping and visual thinking applications have integrated with it in a number of ways – some valuable and others simply frustrating.

In this report, I will provide you with an overview of the desktop- and web-based mind mapping and visual thinking applications that integrate with Evernote. I will describe how they work together and the pros and cons of each developer’s approach. Some implementations, I discovered, are very elegantly designed, while others were problematic or left me wanting more.

http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/evernote-mind-mapping-integration/

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12 ways mind mapping software can help you be a better project manager

Planning and implementing projects is one of the most important applications of mind mapping software you will ever learn about. Nearly everyone manages projects today, or has tasks for which they are responsible. But organizations often don’t give us the tools that enable us to manage projects effectively.

At the beginning of a project, mind mapping software enables you to collect and organize all of the key information you and your team need about its scope, time, cost, quality, resources, communications, risks and stakeholder requirements. It then enables you to manage the implementation of the project, acting as a dashboard to provide you with one-click access to its status.

Learn more about my new e-course that will teach you everything you need to know about managing projects simply - and visually - using mind mapping software:

http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/project-management-e-course-coming-soon/
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Why visual project management matters today
Savvy perspectives on the state of project management from +Paul Williams

In recent years, visual project management has emerged as a set of tools and techniques that help project managers to make sense of and manage large, complex projects more effectively. Paul R. Williams, PMP has written a new book entitled Visual Project Management that can help us better understand what they are and when and where to employ them when managing projects. I recently interviewed him to learn more about these tools, techniques and visual frameworks, and why they work so well.

http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/visual-project-management-paul-williams/

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