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Using MindManager for IBIS Dialogue Mapping

December 28, 2012 by Ruven Gotz

If you don’t know what Dialogue Mapping is, you have a bit of reading to do. I’d recommend Paul Culmsee’s excellent series of blog posts on the topic. Or, go back to the originator, Jeff Conklin and his Cognexus Institute. But, if you have been using or learning about Dialogue Mapping, you’ll know that the standard tool out there for doing it is Compendium, available for free from the Compendium Institute. Compendium is the tool that everyone uses when they learn to do DM, as did I. However, when I was learning DM, I was already an accomplished user of MindManager, and there are a number of things that I like about it that are different from Compendium. One of the most important is being able to quickly and efficiently expand and collapse entire subsections of the tree without using transclusion (a DM term).

I have been asked if I would share my templates for doing DM with MindManager, so I’ve decided to put together this post, linking to my template and instructing you how to get MindManager set up to do Dialogue Mapping.

Here is an example of a very simple Dialogue Map, created in MindManager.

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122812 0649 UsingMindMa2 The way to configure the icons is to open the icon library, and select the appropriate icon, click the drop-down and select “Shortcut Key”. Then select the shortcut to use. It’s true that it is a bit awkward to use the Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, etc. keys to insert the icons, but with a bit of practice, you can get very quick at it.

Fortunately, MindManager comes with pretty good icons for the IBIS grammar.

In case you don’t recognize the fifth item, it’s a judge’s gavel, to indicate a decision.

You can download the template here:

Upload the IBIS template to the path shown below, and give it a try. I’d be interested to hear how you like it.

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Written by Ruven Gotz

Ruven Gotz is a Director with Avanade, Microsoft’s Global Partner. As a Microsoft SharePoint MVP with over 20 years of IT industry experience, Ruven has spent the past nine years delivering award-winning SharePoint solutions for a wide range of clients. Working as a Business Analyst and Information Architect, Ruven is able to apply his eclectic education and varied experience in Psychology, Computer Science, Economics, Software Development and Training to get to the heart of complex problems. Ruven is a great communicator who is able to discuss technology concepts in language that is relevant to his audience, whether they are from IT or business. He has become a leader in the use of visual tools to help his clients and team members achieve shared understanding of problems and goals and shared commitment towards implementing a successful solution.

Ruven recently authored “Practical SharePoint 2010 Information Architecture” (Apress).

Ruven lives in Toronto, Canada. On Tuesday nights in the summer, you’ll find him racing his 24’ sailboat ‘In the Groove’.

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