“MindManager: Linear Thinking takes you straight to the expected.”
Email about using mapping software to create linear procedures for engineering processes.
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Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2008 7:21 PM
This application is for hierarchies. The design process is linear-sequential. What you need is a simple checklist.
1. Draw preti pixchrs
2. add part nubmers
Mind Manager: Linear Thinking takes you straight to the expected.
“Say hello to free-form thinking. Your brain doesn’t process in a linear fashion. Neither does Mindjet. Now you can think visually with dynamic layers of information displayed in a limitless arrangement that lends clarity to any project.”
Ontology software maps interrelationships between objects and concepts in a given domain in ways that aren’t intuitive to a linear-sequential mind. I’m not sure how Mind Manager will help write a procedure because procedures are by definition linear and sequential.
If you want to bring in resources like test equipment or people then a scheduling program like Microsoft Project Standard 2007 is more in order.
I was evaluating different mind mapping software at home. I set it up so that as I ran through my Saturday morning web work it would remind me of related tasks in case I wanted to work by tool or by priority instead of running through them in sequence. As the weeks went on I found I was adding children and siblings and dropping files and links onto it, but the license ran out and I was too cheap to buy it.
Mind mapping software is easier to use from the start of a project. If you input an existing data set and impose a well-thought-out rational structure on it, you’re totally missing the point. The creative process doesn’t have a rational structure. If it did, it would be called engineering. Oh *snap!*
There is a Mind Manager viewer so that users can only view the mind map. Mind Manager also can export to pdf, html, word, ppt, etc.
Don’t forget Microsoft Office templates. I think this one, “To do list for projects,” will work just fine for a test procedure.