Thoughts on Visualizing Outcomes

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006
This morning, I attended the latest MindJet Webinar,"Visualizing Outcomes: Managing Simultaneous Projects with MindManager and ResultsManager."

Today's Nick Duffill, began by presenting his Productivity Formula:
Effectiveness = Knowledge x Focus2

Key takeaways:
  • Prioritization is the key to progress - identify the important things to do, not just the urgent (e.g. the Covey approach)
  • A To-Do list does not show you what to do - it simply lists what you can do, which is why understanding your priorities is so important.
  • A Project-based approach does not have to mean "Project Management." As Stephen Covey taught us to "begin with the end in mind," funnel time lines for project-based planning are a more powerful planning tool than traditional list-making.  
  • Project dashboards present a specific viewpoint, purpose, and time frame.
The above principles were shown in MindManager, but apply equally well for any mapping tool. Toward the end of the webinar, Nick showed us how to use ResultsManager to read project maps to creates dynamic dashboards. This is the where the funs begins. Nick knows mind mapping and MindManager and he shows how ResultsManager can turn MindManager into a visual project planning and mapping tool.

I'm still exploring new ways to use MindManager and ResultsManager as a part of my visual project management toolkit,. This summer, Nick was kind enough to join me for a series of podcasts (Mind Mapping for results in Stereo). I had to stop after the first podcast (Michael would like you to believe that it was because my Tablet PC Crashed; no so.)  I plan to pick up the series early next year.

Thanks, Nick, for a valuable webinar. I look forward to learning more from you!

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