Derek Jack is one of the Directors at MindGenius Ltd and set up the company along with fellow Director, Donald Maciver. They developed MindGenius initially back in 2001 to support the successful compliance management software Q-Pulse. They soon realised MindGenius could be used to solve multiple business challenges and Derek utilises MindGenius on a daily basis. Here he talks about the tasks he finds MindGenius brings the most value to.
If you look in my “Most Recently Used” list (MRU) you will always find the Project meeting map & Commercial meeting map. These maps help me to control the business and show me at a high level what projects we are working on as well as the overall status of projects. In addition, the map allows us to drill down and see, what we achieved last week, what are the priorities for this week, specific actions required, are there any red flags to achieving this, and what do we need to do to overcome the red flags. This is a simple and effective way to keep on top of all Projects throughout the company.
You'll also see maps associated with project stage 1 activity. Stage 1 is the inception stage of a project and involves domain analysis, brainstorming, gathering ideas, suggestions, user stories and enhancement requests.
Post Version 3 we are already looking at which projects we will be working on next. Already in the pipeline are; a map viewer (just released), our next maintenance release, a file converter which will allow users to convert maps from other mind mapping applications and many more.
Using MindGenius allows us to capture and truly understand, what is being asked for and why it is being asked for before we initiate a new project.
Fig 1 Project Initiation Instruction
This guarantees that we know why every single new feature and piece of functionality goes into the product and we don’t just add “bells and whistles” for the sake of it. Any new features added must match with customer requirements and enhance MindGenius's ability to deliver business processes.
We are always interested in customer product enhancement requests. What would you like to see in future versions?
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Posted by MindGenius at 10:20