Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Hints and Tips – Ribbon User Interface

The Ribbon User Interface may be unfamiliar to some of our existing V2 customers who have upgraded to Version 3 of MindGenius. The Ribbon User Interface was introduced to give key features and functionality more logical groupings, and to make it easier for users to appreciate and make use of the functionality contained within MindGenius. This style of interface is becoming more common in software applications, including those in the MS Office suite.

The new Analyze Ribbon, for example, makes it easier for users to build on their understanding of a map and turn their collection of ideas into knowledge. First of all select a category group relevant to your exercise. Default groups exist for brainstorming, impact analysis, performance review, risk analysis, etc. If there are no suitable default groups, you can either rename the generic group or create your own category sets and add personalized icons.

After you have selected which group/s to use, you can then go on to “drop” the categories onto your map to visually link ideas. Select the Category Dropper tool and then your relevant category and “drop” them onto relevant branches. Categories can also be added by highlighting the branch you would like to categorise then clicking on the relevant category.

After you have categorised your map, you may want to look at the categorised ideas in a different way. Simply click “create category map” and a new affinity diagram map will be created with your ideas grouped logically by applied category.

You also have the option here to export your categorised ideas to MS Excel for further analysis within pivot tables.

If you would rather just get a different view on your data, without creating a separate map, use the new quick filters feature. This will “grey” out those ideas that aren’t relevant. If you want to look at the filtered ideas in isolation, select “Hide non matches.”

So, to Analyze your ideas, every piece of functionality you will need is contained on the Analyze Ribbon which makes it easier and speeds up the time required to undertake Analysis.

Similarly the Home Ribbon holds all required functionality around brainstorming your initial ideas, whether individually or as a group, and the Tasks Ribbon allows you to manage tasks, whether it’s managing to-do lists or full scale project management.

If you are using the new ribbon user interface and have any questions on this, please contact us at info@mindgenius.comand we will be happy to help.

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