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This Site Has Moved… January 2, 2006

Posted by Gary Slinger in Blackberry, Blogging, Family, GTD, ITIL, microsoft.com, MindMapping, Office Live, Process, Random Observations, RSS, Technology, Time Management, To Watch, Uncategorized, Windows Live.
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I needed  the flexibility and functionality that running my own installation affords, no matter how good the hosting here at wordpress.com is.  So, please check out my new site for any future posts.  You can also subscribe to the new RSS feed here.

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What is ITIL? December 12, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in ITIL, MindMapping, Process.
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This post has MOVED to my new blog at http://garyslinger.com/blog/2005/12/12/
Come on over 🙂

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“Taskforce” Meeting Template December 8, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in MindMapping, Process.
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To me, a “Taskforce” meeting is one where a variety of folks are called together, and told to “fix that problem”, whatever that particular problem may be. I’ve just been asked to form such a group, to address an application performance issue at work, and in setting up the meeting, I brought together a number of my current notes and templates into a single MindManager template, for re-use. Thought I’d post it here – if you find it useful, have any comments, or want a copy of the template file itself, just let me know.

When I hold the meeting tomorrow, I’ll give out copies of the map, with the “Notes/Thoughts” section collapsed, but everything else expanded, for the participants reference. The “Notes/Thoughts” section is for me, as the meeting lead, to remind me of “discussion methods” that can be useful for these kind of things – simple brainstorming, the Six Thinking Hats, and SCAMPER.

During the meeting, I’ll make notes on the whiteboard, on my copy of the agenda, and on regular paper as I see fit. As it’ll be a fairly interactive meeting, I’m not going to try and take digital notes, either in OneNote or straight into MindManager, as I might under other circumstances; instead I’ll update everything into the MindManager map as appropriate after the meeting, and then send out both the map itself, and a Word document generated from it, for participants reference.

Agenda Large

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Update: I realised that although I can’t use the MindManager web embed option, I can load the file up to WordPress for those of you that have MindManager itself, and want the file. I’ve got no way of tracking that, so if you take it and like it, or have any other comments, do please let me know in the comments section. Thanks.

Update 2: Well, apparently not. It worked in testing yesterday, but WordPress.com won’t allow me to upload a “.mmap” file now. I don’t know if that is a deliberate change, or a temporary thing. I’ll check again later. So, the original still applies – if you want the file, just let me know.

Referencing, without showing… November 24, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in MindMapping, Process.
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Does this work? Hobart Swan, at the MindManager Blog, has a piece about Using MindManager for Patent Applications. It’s a reference to a piece on Russ Krajec’s “Anything Under the Sun” blog that somewhat adequately leaves me informed, but above all wanting to see the MindMap! Or at least a part of it… Does saying “I have this, and it’s cool”, cut it, or does there need to be more than that to it?

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Mind-Mapping November 22, 2005

Posted by Gary Slinger in MindMapping, Process, Technology.
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My friend and colleague Ant posts about Mindmapping, with the observation “I was introduced to the concept by a colleague a few months ago and now I’m hooked.”. What he neglects to mention is his original assessment of the technique – “oh no, Gary’s on another management fad!”. Just thought I’d call him out on it 😉

Glad you’ve come around to this stuff Ant – I don’t think a day goes by at the moment that I don’t do some form of mindmap. Not always as formal as a MindManager produced version, maybe just a back-of-the-envelope one, but it definately helps with the thought process.

And if you haven’t already seen it, you might want to look at the browser plugin for MindManager.

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