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Outside the Box Project Management

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein

This week, Mindjet was a sponsor at the PMI / New Jersey’s sold-out regional symposium, “Outside the Box Project Management”. The event focused on providing project managers with the knowledge and tools to…

  • Create value for organizations
  • Provide sustainable competitive advantage for organizations
  • Motivate team members
  • Get stakeholders’ buy-in on important project decisions
  • Solve customers’ complex problems
  • Secure project financing

Not surprisingly, mind mapping was a HOT topic at the event. Here are a few ways maps can be applied on your projects:

  • Capturing and organizing project research
  • Solving problems and creating strategies for mitigating serious risks
  • Creating project dashboards, tying together disparate information & providing the ‘big picture’
  • Drafting and writing reports and presentations
  • Identifying milestones and required deliverables
  • Gathering requirements and conducting interviews
  • Analyzing stakeholders and project influences
  • Taking project and meeting notes

These types of maps and more were explored in two different sessions at the conference:

  1. Jamie Nast, author of Idea Mapping, presented “Idea Mapping – A Whole New Mind for Project Managers”.
  2. Ron Krukowski, president of e-Techknowledge, Inc., PMP & professional project manager, presented “(Mind) Mapping Success Out of Chaos”

Check out these short videos of both Jamie and Ron that we captured before their sessions.

Here’s one of the maps Jamie shared at the presentation which highlights some applications of mapping for projects: download map.

Using mind maps on your projects? Share how you’re mapping in the comments below!

About the Author: Michael Deutch is Mindjet’s Chief Evangelist, content contributor for the Mindjet Blog and the Mindjet Connections newsletter. Get more from Michael on Twitter.

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