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What is a Mind Map?

A mind map is a method used to visually represent and organise information. This information is typically connected to the single concept, which may be the idea or the primary objective for the work being undertaken.


Who is involved in the creation of a Mind Map?

A mind map requires nothing other than a pen and paper, (though it is possible to use software to create your mind map online). Due to its personal nature, it is possible to create this individually for the needs of that person for that particular piece of work.


Why use a Mind Map?

It is well recognised that some people respond better to visual information as opposed to typical text-heavy documents, etc.  A mind map offers such an alternative as it allows the analyst to generate, visualise, structure and classify ideas.  This can be particularly useful in instances where the analyst may be required to gain an understanding of the intricacies of a business system and the relationships between different requirements.  The mind map should always be used to supplement more formal pieces of documentation


How do you create and use a Mind Map?

The following steps for the creation of a mind-map as defined by Tony Buzan, who is credited with adding credibility to the mind maps found today:


  1. Work from the centre outwards. So try to depict the key concept at the centre either in an image (if possible) or text. Colours help!
  2. Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions throughout your mind map.
  3. Add guidance where possible, so where key words or phrases are required, make sure to add them in
  4. Don’t add too much complication, so give room to each word or image and allow it to be seen and read wherever you can.
  5. The lines should be connected, starting from the central image. The lines become thinner as they radiate out from the centre.
  6. Colours not only help you to use both sides of the brain, but they should also be used consistently – group similar themes together with the same colours.
  7. Find out what works well for you and use your personalisation to create the best map possible. Whether done on paper or computer, if it helps you, use it!
  8. Use emphasis of colours and images and show associations in your mind map.

Mind Maps

Kelly Hunkin

Senior Business Analyst

Tel: 01506 283885


Heather Adams

Business Analyst

Tel: 01506 282879


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An example of a mind map

What happens next?

While mind maps are personal to the creator, it is likely that by sharing across the organisation, it can add value to the many. Remember that while your mind map is a highly personal experience, by opening this up across the organisation, you should be able to help spread both the skills and the knowledge of the service from the user across the teams.



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