Tools for Mind Mapping
As a Business Analyst, you must gather, organize and communicate a large amount of information. Honestly, the speed at which project information (in the form of requirements, requests, data, facts, figures, assumptions and opinions) comes at you can be disorienting at times. And if you’re not careful and proactive enough to stay on top of it all, it can lead to utter chaos and a full-blown stakeholder/project meltdown.
Don’t let this happen to you.
Draw a mind map, instead.
Drawing a mind map or “mind mapping” is a visual thinking and note-taking method that helps you organize inter-related information in a simple and digestible manner.
Here is a list of resources to help you get started and get the most out of this technique.
- [Article] Exploring User Requirements through Mind Mapping. Introduces you to the many uses of mind mapping in business analysis.
- [Video] The Dark Arts of Business Analysis: Requirements Gathering with Mind Maps. Walks you through a great example of mind mapping in action for gathering requirements and brainstorming solution ideas.
- [Article] A Better Roadmap. Shares a great approach for capturing the details of the “big picture” using mind maps.
Tools:I’ve personally used and can vouch for the following tools.