We all experience procrastination that delays progress from time to time. This post is a simple example of how Thinking Process
techniques can be applied to getting unstuck and back in a productive mindset.
This second part to the previous post will look at an example of mind mapping an evaporating cloud diagram. I’ll begin with uncovering a conflict to achieving a goal then examining the underlying assumptions to find the bad premise. Continue reading Contradictions Do Not Exist, Check Your Premises (Part II)
Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.” -Ayn Rand
This two part post explores resolving conflict that impedes progress. We’ll use mind maps to diagram the Evaporating Cloud technique introduced by Eliyahu Goldratt as part of his Thinking Process in the Theory of Constraints. Part I will give an overview of the technique, which will then be applied to an example in Part II. Continue reading Contradictions Do Not Exist, Check Your Premises (Part I)
Reaching your project goals often depends on other people completing tasks for you- in addition to the other demands on their time. Because both your needs and those of others is dynamically changing all the time, it is easy for a critical task to “fall through the cracks” unless there is adequate follow-up.
GTD systems have a solution for capturing the tasks others are doing for you: the “Waiting For” list. Continue reading ‘Waiting For’ Lists in Mind Maps
During daily or weekly reviews of your Next Action list from FreeMind|GTD, you’ll need to edit your GTD mindmap (the master source) to either add, edit, or delete Next Actions. Here’s a simple tip to make it easier find a Next Action in a large mindmap.
Here’s a mindmap template I’ve found useful for managing product development activities. The right side of the mindmap contains the typical ‘phase’ activities that lead from concept to launch of a product. The left side of the diagram has administrative items like key milestones, documentation, and schedules. Continue reading Mindmap Template for Product Development
This article describes a “Getting Things Done” (GTD) system based around FreeMind Mindmaps and FreeMind|GTD Next Action lists. Continue reading Using Mindmaps in a GTD System
Projects that have a goal of transforming some aspect of an organization need to be managed across various functional groups. Despite the importance of the transformation, inertia and competing priorities will require extra effort to move the project forward (since the transformation is often viewed as just another task on the list…). It is not enough to have an overall project plan; daily follow-up is often required to ensure next actions happen. This article shows how mind maps can be used to help connect the project plan with next actions from each of the functional groups. Continue reading Managing a Transformation Across Functions
Prioritizing a list of objectives can be difficult when you’re the only decision maker. It is much hard when doing it in a team. Using a technique like the ‘Swap Sort’ can help put some structure around decision making- something often needed to move things forward. Continue reading Prioritization Using Swap Sorting