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Mind Maps: the Poor Man's Design Tool 97

Posted by Soulskill
from the asking-for-directions-is-taboo dept.
CowboyRobot writes "'UML too complex? Flowcharts too old school? Mind maps offer a simple way to capture designs and weave them together elegantly.' The quickest way to begin designing a program is to simply write down the steps in normal text, but this method breaks down with more complex projects. UML can be a useful format for larger projects but can be difficult to get right, especially when trying to use it with a less conventional project. The middle ground are 'Mind Maps,' 'a diagrammatic representation of loosely connected ideas. They are a central tool in brainstorming sessions. Mind map tools help capture ideas and then mush them around until you have the structure you want.'"
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Mind Maps: the Poor Man's Design Tool

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  • I suspect (Score:5, Interesting)

    by AliasMarlowe (1042386) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @03:35AM (#41535261) Journal
    I suspect we all know what a Mind Map is, and what their uses are. Alas, I don't know of any program which implements the original concept for Mind Maps (BBC2's "Use Your Head" series from the 1970s). Does any existing program support cyclic relationships, for example? Other than as a hack with external arrows or similar added as decorations.
  • Re:Oh boy (Score:4, Interesting)

    by isorox (205688) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @04:22AM (#41535415) Homepage Journal

    Slashdot discovers mind maps. News at 11.

    Wait until you guys discover doodling... Doodling is my secret competitive advantage.

    And unlike mind mapping, you don't need some fancy software to do it with, I doodle my ideas on paper napkins, pizza boxes, and unopened envelopes all the time.

    What's wrong with opened envelopes?

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