Explore different facets of a problem, and organize your ideas for possible solutions.
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Running the play
You can do mindmaping on your own, in pairs, or as a group.
Start with a question that is central to your topic or problem.
Make sure the question is somewhat specific – e.g., "How can we make creating Jira issues simpler?" is better than "How can we improve Jira issues?" Careful not to choose a question that boxes your brain into a corner – e.g., "How can we introduce 1-click create for JIRA issues?"
Turn your brain on (5 min)
Write your question in the middle of the whiteboard.
Now write down any thoughts that spring to mind in relation to this question (even if the thought isn't an answer, per se). Each thought should be a separate bubble hovering around the question in the middle.
Resist the urge to self-edit or over-think it at this stage. Just let it flow.
Branch out (10 min)
Once you've got an initial set of ideas, use each one to create a branch of more ideas. Make sure to connect them using circles, lines, arrows, etc. so it's easy to see how they map to each other.
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