On the drawing board...
3D Mind Mapping
Symytry has been experimenting with a number of new approaches to mind mapping. One of these is using 3D. It requires the use of glasses. The clear kind. Not the anaglyphic ones that have one red lens and one blue lens.
These are similar to the ones at the movie theatres. The ones we use work differently. For our purposes, we only need six or so colors to provide the depth boundaries we were looking for.
It works by creating floating 3D images from normal 2D images by pulling the color red to the foreground and sorting the remaining colors according to their position in the rainbow. ROY G BIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet). The process encourages fantastic 3D illusions without compromising the quality of the image when viewed without the glasses.
The idea is to use the colors separation with project & program management to delineate various stages of tasks.
If tasks are critical the node turns red and pokes you in the eye. But it also identifies impact on predecessor and successor tasks up / down stream on the project.
You can also create filters. For example, you might want to see what's coming due by person, by due date, or perhaps by milestone or work stream.
If not critical it'll turn orange or yellow to tell you a task is at risk. What's so terrific about this? If you have a huge project with a lot of project steps, say a thousand or more tasks, this would be a fantastic tool to have.
During team meetings, everyone will get a great idea about impact when tasks are not completed on time, or when someone is going on vacation and you'll want to take a look at schedule loads when no one is available to back fill.
Simply set up "map rules" and you can do many different things with a pair of 3D glasses.
This idea is not exactly on the drawing board any longer, because it is available and it works nicely. The glasses can be purchased at team prices for around $12 per pair.
Symytry is looking at a couple of additional technologies for not only viewing maps, but also creating them for augmented reality (AR) & virtual reality (VR) applications.
These are still at high price points. We're after low price point technologies. Although, we must admit... we've seen some potentially interesting possibilities and the wheels are turning in our heads as we speak.
We have experimented in the past with offering journaling with mind mapping. At first thought, it sounded redundant.
Symytry created a system / process that can be used with ideation or product / idea analysis and a map we created for digging into the details of an idea or product.
It's based on "go away & think about it" which we've all experienced many times. Write it down in a journal, then come back to the group to share your thoughts. It actually worked much better than we anticipated.
What type of journal? We have tons of those from $10 to over $75.
Has a side benefit, too. There's a certain satisfaction that comes with writing in a journal. Can't exactly identify it, but whatever it is... we're hooked! Especially, with a fountain pen.
If there's something you'd like to suggest, let us know and we'll discuss it.