Mind42 Freeplane - free mind mapping and knowledge management software Creative Problem Solving with SCAMPER SCAMPER is a technique you can use to spark your creativity and help you overcome any challenge you may be facing. In essence, SCAMPER is a general-purpose checklist with idea-spurring questions — which is both easy to use and surprisingly powerful. It was created by Bob Eberle in the early 70s, and it definitely stood the test of time. In this posting, I present a complete SCAMPER primer, along with two free creativity-boosting resources: a downloadable reference mind map and an online tool that generates random questions to get you out of a rut whenever you need. SCAMPER Primer SCAMPER is based on the notion that everything new is a modification of something that already exists. S = SubstituteC = CombineA = AdaptM = MagnifyP = Put to Other UsesE = Eliminate (or Minify)R = Rearrange (or Reverse) To use the SCAMPER technique, first state the problem you’d like to solve or the idea you’d like to develop. Consider, for instance, the problem "How can I increase sales in my business?" Combine
Mind Mapping by Tony Buzan - iMindMap™ Official Mind Map Softwar TreeSheets Tutorial A "hierarchical spreadsheet" that is a great replacement for spreadsheets, mind mappers, outliners, PIMs, text editors and small databases. Suitable for any kind of data organization, such as todo lists, calendars, project management, brainstorming, organizing ideas, planning, requirements gathering, presentation of information, etc. It's like a spreadsheet, immediately familiar, but much more suitable for complex data because it's hierarchical. It's like a mind mapper, but more organized and compact. Have a quick look at what the application looks like on the screenshots page, see how easy it is to use in the tutorial, then give it a download (above). TreeSheets is exceptionally small & fast, so can sit in your system tray at all times: with several documents loaded representing the equivalent of almost 100 pages of text, it uses only 5MB of memory on Windows 7 (!) TreeSheets is free & open source. Visit this google group for discussion, and news updates / releases.
Dropmind Mindmapping, concept mapping and information organisation software How To Find Startup Ideas – Wesley Tansey I recently have met a number of people who expressed how badly they wanted to do a startup but said they lacked any good ideas. I know that startup ideas are worthless, especially since I have lived through the dozens of iterations involved, first with EffectCheck and now with Curvio. Nevertheless, you need to start somewhere and that means you need an idea that sufficiently captivates you. Now, I could simply give these people a list of startup ideas, but for an idea to really stick in your mind enough that you’ll want to start a company around it, you need to come up with it yourself. I’ve come up with a brief collection of strategies that you can use to generate new ideas for startups: Repurpose Take a service or approach applied to one market, and apply it to another.Examples: Chill (Turntable.fm), Yammer (social networks for businesses) Digitize Take content or functionality that exists only in a legacy form and put it online or in an app.Examples: Dr. Automate Unify Componentize Connect
Create UML diagrams online in seconds, no special tools needed. Boostez votre efficacit Le Mind Mapping à la portée de tous Premier logiciel libre de Mind Mapping, FreeMind est la référence pour dessiner des cartes heuristiques et organiser ses idées de façon visuelle. Son mode de représentation en arborescence hiérarchique couplé à des fonctions puissantes de tri, en fait un outil essentiel pour lutter contre l'éparpillement des connaissances. Parfaitement intégré dans votre environnement Windows, Linux ou Mac OS X, il deviendra un allié précieux dans votre organisation professionnelle et quotidienne... le tout sans dépenser un centime ! Découvrez le Mind Mapping et libérez vos idées avec FreeMind ! En annexe : Témoignages d'utilisateurs - Autres logiciels de Mind Mapping - Bibliographie. Note : la parution de FreeMind 0.9.0 RC3 apporte quelques améliorations à la version RC1 traitée dans cet ouvrage. À qui s'adresse cet ouvrage ?
Welcome to Aviary Mind Mapping, Mindjet MindManager, MMD améliorent productivité des projets, informations et réunions In The Quest For New Ideas, Can The Internet Replace Random Real-Life Discovery? What does Renaissance art have in common with a pencil? If you believe in knowledge through serendipitous discovery, then quite a lot. This week I was looking for a book on Renaissance art in the library. While walking through the stacks, Henry Petroski’s The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance, a book about the origins of the pencil, caught my eye. This was just the book to help with another project I am working on, one associated with business-related technology artifacts. Rewind one week. As more and more book sales move online, brick and mortar bookstores are stocking only the most popular titles, reducing our chance of stumbling across that random, fascinating book that you never would have looked for. And it’s not just me. So if the likelihood of chance encounters through paper decreases, where else can these serendipitous encounters occur? Online Serendipity At first glance, the possibility of encountering random information online seems small. Serendipity Tools
code_swarm An experiment in organic software visualization. A moment from the Eclipse project. [video] I've been studying software projects for a while now. This visualization, called code_swarm, shows the history of commits in a software project. Please have a look at the videos below. The code is open source and available at Created by Michael Ogawa with Processing. VIDI group, UC Davis