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How do you typically start your planning process for a new project? If it entails drawing straws for who has to write on the whiteboard, this post will help.

Let’s start by stating the obvious: planning a project is difficult. Too often, after loads of meetings and conversations you’re left with scattered notes, whiteboard photos, email threads, Post-its on your monitor – and no solid plan. Been there, done that?

How mind maps can help jumpstart your projects

What if you could start the whole process in a faster, more creative, and engaging way?

That’s where mind maps come in. Mind maps are a visual way to organize information. They start with a central concept or topic, then related ideas are added, building on that concept. See below.

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Mind maps are a great way for visual learners and thinkers to brainstorm ideas, plan out projects, and tap into the creativity of the team. But they’re not just for visual folks, everyone on the team can benefit from using this technique. More than anything, they make it super easy to capture information that too often gets lost – in your head and in the heads of your teammates, in notebooks, in hallway conversations – where it has no context.

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Mind maps meet Confluence

And here’s another aspect of mind maps that makes them special: they’re collaborative. You can work through ideas and problems together, going from initial ideas to formalized plan… as a team. This becomes even more useful when you can reference these plans in context with your other project planning work. MindMeister Mind Maps make it easy to embed, edit, and publish mind maps directly in Confluence pages, where they live alongside the rest of your project content.

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3 ways you can use mind maps in Confluence

1. Brainstorm ideas

Start with your central project idea. If you’re a development team, maybe it’s a new feature you’re spec’ing out. For marketing, it could be your next event or creative campaign. Create a brainstorming page and use a mind map to explore requirements, concepts, and risks associated with the new feature. Someone miss the brainstorm? They have access to all the team’s thinking and where it stemmed from in one place. They’ll thank you when they have a visual diagram to check out instead of your scribbled notes.

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2. Visualize meeting notes

You’ll have a lot of meetings as you begin fine tuning your project scope. Mind maps can help you stay focused on what’s important by highlighting key points instead of taking detailed notes. It also makes it easy to group related things like action items and discussion points that need follow-up.

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3. Plan out your project

Map out key contributors, outcomes, resources needed, and scope of work. Piecing together your project becomes much easier as you visually match contributors to requirements, and outcomes to needed resources. The added benefit of using MindMeister for project planning is you can also assign items to team members within the same workflow.

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Start using mind maps in Confluence today!

To get started with using mind maps in Confluence, download the MindMeister Mind Maps add-on available for Confluence Cloud.

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