Huba's Laws of Mind Mapping (with Annotations)
Yes, I really was trying to make this mind map look like a brain. Don't blame me; I am not all that artistic.
My orientation is primarily that of Tony Buzan. I do make some modifications primarily because I am working with scientific/medical data and the audience for the mind map tends to be professionals.
Yes, I often have hamburgers on the brain.
While I strongly endorse iMindMap as the best way to draw computer-assisted mind maps (CAMM), at times when there is a brain block it is useful to try some of the modeling in an alternate program if just for the reason that it refocuses you on the content by making your keys click different buttons.
With all of the interesting and eye-grabbing computer programs for mind mapping available, we often lose sight of the fact that mind mapping is about content. Content, of course, comes from many sources including established knowledge, research of the highest standards, judgments, feelings, and reactions.
Anyone who is afraid to have their mind map reviewed by independent individuals is not secure in the INFORMATION presented in the map.
While the "artistic beauty" of mind mapping is often compelling, it should not distract the author-reader from the content.
Don't steal my conceited ideas.
Hand-drawn mind mapping is sometimes useful to break a log jam in the developer's thinking process. Also, handwriting is probably the best way to capture small "notes" like phone numbers, directions, names (trust me, an iPhone mind mapping program is not the best way).
Buzan's rules (laws) of mind mapping are well-considered, generally the best way to create and communicate the map, and do facilitate creative thinking. Think of Buzan's work as the context within which my work exists.
Blind adherence to any rules - including those I propose - is, well, BLIND. It is fine to break anyone's rules if the content of the map requires it to best represent information and communicate to others. Content is Queen, not any mind mapping rules whether derived by Buzan, his followers, his detractors, and me. Content trumps all general purpose rules. If you cannot figure out a better way to communicate your information use Buzan-style mind mapping.
A mind map is an attempt - no matter how small - to develop separate pieces of information into an overall model. Whether the attempt to integrate is individual (as in writing or studying with a mind map) or collective (as in brainstorming or group mind maps), the ideal mind map presents an overall model for the information presented.
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