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  1. Mindmaps For Better Programming Michael Smith michael@teratech.com TeraTech, Inc. CFUNITED – The premier ColdFusion conference www.cfunited.com

  2. What are is a mindmap? Why mindmap? How to mindmap Resources Overview

  3. Speaker Information • 25 years programming • 10 years with ColdFusion • 7 years with Fusebox • Custom development • Teach one-on-one and custom classes • Fusebox and Process Methodology • MDCFUG, CFUNITED

  4. What is a Mindmap? • A mindmap is a visual way of organizing ideas in a web-like structure.

  5. Sample hand drawn mindmap


  6. Why mindmap? • Use right brain (visual, intuitive) as well as left brain (logical, linear) • Make new connections between ideas • Fast and easy to create • Easy to learn • Fun!

  7. Benefits of Mindmaps • Visual • Hierarchical • Easy to connect “distant ideas” • Like an outline • Brain dump first, then easy to rearrange ideas

  8. Mindmap Parts What constitutes a Mindmap? • Center word and image • Branches • Sub-branches – less important info • Single keywords • Images and color

  9. Mindmap Circuits and Fuseactions

  10. How to create a Mindmap • Paper on side (landscape) • Draw Central image • Add key words and branch lines • Add sub-branches, associate ideas • Print • Add emphasis

  11. Key words • One word! • Forces you to think before you write

  12. Mindmap Steps • Prepare • Generate map • Associate freely • Review • Incubate – take a break! • Re-organize • New map in clockwise sequence • Act

  13. Uses of Mindmaps • Planning • Brainstorming • Group thinking • Documenting • Note taking • Resources

  14. Mindmaps in Programming • Requirements gathering • Fusebox Architecting • Development brainstorming • Testing and debugging • Project management • Questions and resources

  15. Mindmap design tips • Single words • Use colors • Use pictures

  16. Objections to Mindmaps

  17. Conclusion • Mindmaps are increase thinking and remembering • Improve developer and business discussions • Easy to use

  18. Resources • Tony Buzan www.mind-map.com • Mindmapper www.mindmapper.com • Open mind www.matchware.net • Fuseminder and mindfuser www.grokfusebox.com • Innovation Tools www.innovationtools.com/resources/mindmapping.asp • Google Directory www.google.com/Top/Reference/Knowledge_Management/Knowledge_Creation/Mind_Mapping/ • Mapping Inner Space Nancy Margiulies and Nusa Maal

  19. Questions? Ask now or Email me at michael@teratech.com