Manage Your Mind (and the minds of others) with MindManager
Benjamin Brogdon | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 15, 2019

Manage Your Mind (and the minds of others) with MindManager

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with MindManager

We mostly use it for action mapping sessions to determine course learning objectives, business goals, etc. Subject matter experts would, on their own, say that learners need to "just know XYZ," but action mapping enables us to facilitate a discussion that leads these subject matter experts to realize that learners need to "be able to do XYZ" instead. This software enables us to have this conversation.
  • Strategic Planning
  • Brainstorming
  • Process Mapping
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Planning
  • Very easy to drag and drop map elements to quickly reorganize and reorient topics.
  • The interface is insanely intuitive. Even a novice user can be up and running in minutes.
  • The ability to open maps in IE for folks who don't have MindJet installed on their machines is a critical feature.
  • A cloud version that enables collaboration on any device by any user would be welcome.
  • Tighter integration with Google Docs, MS Office, etc. would be a great bonus.
  • I'd love to see a tablet optimized version for on-the-go mind mapping.
I’m not sure
  • Enables us to develop more focused training based on behavioral outcomes due to more strategic planning.
I was able to map out the course content and learning objectives of a suite of courses that I had developed. I then was able to use the map to illustrate redundancies in the current courses and make recommendations for tighter course redevelopment. MindManager enabled me to better articulate my value proposition to key stakeholders.
Xmind is not nearly as intuitive as MindManager. It is just as powerful, but there is a steeper learning curve. Lucidchart is a great cloud application, but web apps are often shunned in corporate environments where there are still concerns about storing intellectual property on cloud servers. Visio is a resource hog. It is hard to multitask with Visio. Microsoft would be smart to come out with a pared down "basic" Visio that would be a strong competitor. But for ease of use, features, and value, MindManager is simply the best overall package.
Best suited for brainstorming ideas. A wonderful collaboration tool for you to use with a group to organize thoughts. Less appropriate for someone delivering a presentation. Maps have to be manipulated and exported for use in presentation software. The software is not suited to folks who live in the cloud; you need to be tethered to a single computer for the tool to work.

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