Example: DISCOVER-Y as a Mind Map

The above example can be downloaded in Freemind/Freeplane formatMindManager format and in PDF format.

There are several Mind Map tools on the market, some of which are free. Freeplane is such a tool.

The diagram above shows a DISCOVER-Y diagram that has been developed with a commercial Mind Map programme. The picture shown is not completely expanded. If I were to click on the plus symbols, then further branches and objects would be revealed. For example, my objectives, which appear in the rectangle to the bottom left of the picture, are not expanded. Neither is the information about the client (or Audience), Steve, which is represented by the rectangle towards the bottom of the picture.

Using a programme, the amount of information that can be captured in this way is almost limitless, and it is easy to control which data is displayed at any one time. DISCOVER-Y has facilitated the organisation of this large quantity of information by providing the guiding principles for its structure. Without this, it would be easy to create a confusing rat’s nest of data.

Mind Map can be thought of as an alternative to other tools that capture and present ideas, the most common one being PowerPoint®. In contrast to the latter, a Mind Map is a single picture containing all the ideas in a presentation. Different aspects of this picture, which can be large and complicated, can be opened up for viewing according to the needs of the user. Likewise, branches of the picture can be closed off at will.