Editor's note: This is a guest blog post from Dan Taylor, director of marketing at MindMeister.
SAP StreamWork is, in SAP's own words, a "collaborative decision-making solution." The solution makes it easy for for people, information, and a proven business methodology to converge in one location to ultimately drive actionable decisions. By keeping everyone on the same page, without a need to ever leave the application, SAP StreamWork provides all the relevant information necessary to drive these informed decisions. MindMeister's proven method of visual thinking is a great way to get the ball rolling when dealing with complex business problems and solutions.
MindMeister mind mapping
MindMeister is based on the concept pioneered by British psychology author Tony Buzan in the 1970s. His method of visual thinking combined with compact, easy-to-understand-and-remember bits of text laid the groundwork for the successful mind mapping technique we enjoy today.
In today's age of hyper-data, it's often easy to get lost in the words. MindMeister provides an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand, collaborative platform to not only make this sea of data more comprehensible, but to include the added value of visual thinking. Today, 80-90 percent of all information we receive is visual. Entire industries such as marketing, design, and advertising are based on this simple premise: A picture is worth a thousand words. If you look around your office right now, chances are you're going to come across a diagram, map, set of icons, etc. - tools designed to quickly and concisely present and help you understand complex data.
By implementing MindMeister mind mapping at the very beginning of your collaboration process, you've already started down the "Big Picture" path. As your thoughts and ideas bloom into a larger and larger mind map, you'll likely branch off these main ideas into sub topics, each containing their own sub ideas. A traditional list of these brainstorming ideas would provide a flow of thinking, but it would also pull the reader away from the overall end goal. By employing MindMeister mind maps within your SAP StreamWork collaborative decision-making process, everyone on board is able to visualize each idea and understand where it originated.
As an added bonus, not only will all collaborators have their own visual input during the process, they'll be more likely to remember things as well. A 2002 study by Farrand, Hussain, and Hennessy of The London School of Medicine and Dentistry found that people who employed the mind mapping technique were able to recall up to 15 percent more factual material weeks after a study event when compared to a control group that did not utilize the technique.
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To get started with your visual thinking process, you'll need to install the MindMeister gadget. To do this, in your menu bar, click Tools Catalog > Partner Tools > MindMeister Mind Mapping.
This mind map is a visual representation of the thought process that went into creating this article.