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Mind Mapping is a diagrammatic way of organizing information linked to a single idea. It utilizes radiant thinking where linkages radiate out from a central idea / object / concept.


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Q 325. What is Mind Mapping? Illustrate its variations and uses with some examples.



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Mind Mapping: The Swiss Army Knife for the Brain

Mind Mapping is a technique used to capture and articulate ideas and thoughts in a fashion that resembles how our minds process information. It is a handy collaboration tool that summarizes ideas and thoughts generated on complex concepts or problems in a simplified and consolidated structure, thereby facilitating creative problem solving and decision making. It helps explore relationships between the various aspects of a problem and inspires creative and critical thinking.

  • Mind mapping involves capturing thoughts and ideas in a non-linear diagram that has no standardized format. 
  • It uses images, words, colors, and relationships to give a structure to thoughts and ideas. 
  • A mind map comprises a central idea (main topic), secondary ideas (subjects), multiple layers of ideas (sub-topics), connection between ideas (branches) with an associated keyword that explains the relationship. Together, these elements capture and articulate the concept.


Figure: The Taxonomy of a Mind Map
[Image Source: BABOK v3] 



  • Summarizes and provides structure to complex thoughts, ideas, and information. 
  • Facilitates decision-making and creative problem-solving. 
  • Assists in translating a large amount of information and hence helps in preparing and delivering presentations. 


  • It may be misused as a brainstorming tool and constrain idea generation. 
  • It may not be easy to communicate a shared understanding.


Frequent applications of Mind Mapping are: 

  • Manuscripts and ‘cribs’ for lectures and presentations 
  • Notes from texts and books 
  • Notes from talks, presentations, and discussions 
  • Project management 
  • Knowledge management 
  • Exam preparation
  • Arranging a shopping list
  • Taking notes on a longish magazine article 
  • Taking notes on a TV documentary or while watching the news 
  • Creating a Mind Map of your ‘to do’ list (of course in the form of a Mind Map and not a list!) 
  • Minuting your next meeting with a colleague
  • Setting up a packing list for your next holiday or business trip. You can see the personal packing list for business trips below figure; 


[Image Source: Mind Mapping For Dummies] 

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