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Mind Maps: the Poor Man's Design Tool 97

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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  • Oh boy (Score:4, Funny)

    by Mska ( 2742945 ) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @03:32AM (#41535247)
    Slashdot discovers mind maps. News at 11.
  • Re:Oh boy (Score:5, Funny)

    by thatskinnyguy ( 1129515 ) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @05:32AM (#41535751)
    Perhaps you can come back to myspace and doodle my google til its reddit and I yahoo all over your facebook.
  • by mwvdlee ( 775178 ) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @06:36AM (#41536095) Homepage

    You make a very poignant argument, but it fails to address that fact that yes, they are.

  • Re:Oh boy (Score:4, Funny)

    by dna_(c)(tm)(r) ( 618003 ) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @06:45AM (#41536127)

    unopened envelopes

    What's wrong with opened envelopes?

    Much cheaper: you get less bills

  • by 3dr ( 169908 ) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @01:05PM (#41540073)

    Back in my youth, I had the thought that, since I'm drawing it on paper, I should be able to connect *this blob* with *that* blob by drawing a line...

    It was a risky thought, since mind maps were always taught to be acyclic, but as was common, no one else was around when I created these diagrams. I contemplated what path it would lead me down if I decided to try this. It may lead to such infractions as tearing the consumer information tags off all my mattresses, but that was a moral risk to my very core that I decided to take.

    The fateful day came. Well, it was actually the same day as when I got the thought of taking such drastic action in one of my graphical creations, and in fact it was just mere seconds later, but whatever, there I was facing my destiny. After a feverish last glance around, I tried it, using my Berol Prismacolor Copenhagen Blue PC 906, and it worked! I connected two already-connected orange blobs with a blue arrow! I wiped the sweat from my hands on my pants, and continued to decorate the new incestuous interloper with a halo of bright green dots.

    In the years since that discovery, I have wisened a bit, lost a little of that rebellion hellion, and promised myself, my family, and my country that I would never attempt such a risky diagrammatic insurgency as that! I should be following the rules!

    (I don't remember ever learning about "mind maps" in elementary school (in the 70's), and while looking for diagramming tools I stumbled upon a "Mind Maps" book in 2004 or so. For software developers such as myself, much of what a mind map attempts to do is what we already do (mentally or on a whiteboard) when gathering requirements, or brainstorming app structure, or even user experience. But what struck me as so silly about mind maps was the emphasis on coloring/doodling within very structured organizational rules. It is a real dichotomy. BTW, I do not actually own a Berol Prismacolor Copenhagen Blue PC 906, although it is real. Very real.)

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982