Visual, Easy-To-Use Project Solution
August 09, 2019

Visual, Easy-To-Use Project Solution

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with MindManager

It is not being used by the organization. This was used to test out the software and make a comparison to other Project Management software solutions such as MS Project. This was primarily tested out by the IT department. MS Project is the default standard that is build in Office 365, which our organization heavily uses, although with project-related software, there is more flexibility to look at other solutions
  • Process Mapping
  • Task and Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • It has great visuals and visual mappings as compared to a lot of other Project Management solutions, which are not as robust in this area.
  • It integrates really well with other Project Management software, such as MS Project. you can easily import projects or info from MS Project right into MindManager, and MindManager will map everything automatically.
  • it has really great drag and drop functionality from with the mappings/project. it is easy to move main topics, subtopics, tasks, callouts, etc. around, and you can visualize this in real-time.
  • At first, when using the Gantt chart within MindManager, I did not know how to close the chart. I was looking for an option to "hide Gantt chart" but there wasn't one. after some investigation, I noticed that you can just click on the Gantt icon to close the window.
  • I also did not see much in the way of labels for the bar graphs in the Gantt chart, whereas with something like MS Project, these show up automatically. For example, progress % should also show on the bar graph, and not just in the progress column.
  • Really, I have no other cons that I can see since everything is pretty intuitive.
  • I definitely see it as a timesaver, since you can create maps/items on the fly, without a whole lot of setup at the beginning of a project.
  • since there are a number of people that tend to be visual thinkers, MindManager really helps users to see the big picture, without getting too caught up in all the details.
  • MindManager seems to be a really easy platform to learn, whereas other Project Management platforms have a steep learning curve, and require users to really get in-depth training to take full advantage of the software.
As was previously mentioned, one thing I noticed right away was the ease of integration between MindManager and MS Project. This is most definitely needed by organizations that heavily rely on Microsoft products, as information can be easily exported/imported from MS Project to MindManager and vice versa.

Also, I was able to pick up using MindManager without a whole lot of consulting Help menus or documentation. It was easy to visualize a project and all topics/subtopics/tasks, and move things around as need be
Visualization is one of the biggest benefits of MindManager vs. other Project Management solutions such as Microsoft Project. It is easy to visualize a project from beginning to end and see every topic/subtopic/tasks/resources. When there are changes that occur during a project, you can easily move things around in MindManager. Also, you don't need to take any formal training to learn MindManager, whereas with MS Project it is most beneficial to get some formal training in how to use it.
It is well suited as a Project Management tool, and also for simple tasks such as brainstorming. It works really well in an organization that tends to use a lot of flowcharts for visualizing information for projects and tasks. It is less appropriate in organizations that heavily utilize Microsoft products, MS Project probably better integrates with other Office tools/programs.