Making and Managing Mind Maps

Jenny Bramble March 22, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (MDT)

Organizing complex thoughts on a topic can be a challenge, especially if the topic has many different directions you can take it. It can be challenging to keep everything straight and follow the threads that are most important.

Mind maps are an organizational tool that lets you group similar thoughts and find links between them. They can be used to investigate test cases and test plans, create personas, work through presentations, and more!

Join Jenny Bramble for a dive into the history of mind maps, some modern tools, and some interesting use cases like menu creation for a restaurant, settings pages for an app, or creating presentations. Participants can expect to create mind maps collaboratively with the group on a range of topics as well as learning good mind map practices using colors, images, and other rich media.

Who is this for?

Anyone who wants to be able to organize their thoughts, create cohesive plans or proposals, and anyone looking for a new way to approach communicating.

What you will learn

  • History of mind maps
  • Some theories on how humans put thoughts together
  • Structure of a mind map
  • Creating a mind map
  • Using mind maps to create outlines
  • Using mind maps to describe arguments for a proposal (includes pillars of good arguments)
  • Other uses for mind maps
  • Some mind mapping software


Section one - the talking part

  • History of mindmaps
  • Structure and some examples on how to use mind maps

Section two - the doing part

  • Participants will break into teams twice to create their own mind maps using
  • First mind map:
    • Participants are asked to use a mind map to describe something. Maybe a concept or a movie or anything that they can think of.
    • Participants create a mind map with some help as needed.
    • Debrief: Participants share their mind maps and discuss the process
  • Second mind map:
    • In different groups, the participants create a mind map to argue a point. This can be anything from going on a particular vacation, why pineapple belongs on pizza, recommending a particular tool for a process, or why their boss should send them to a conference.
    • Debrief: Participants present their argument and talk about how easy or hard it was to make their points.



About Jenny Bramble

Jenny came up through support and DevOps, cutting her teeth on that interesting role that acts as the 'translator' between customer requests from support and the development team before diving headlong into her career as a tester. Her love of support and the human side of problems lets her find a sweet spot between empathy for the user and empathy for her team. She's done testing, support, or human interfacing for most of her career. She finds herself happiest when she's making an impact on other people––whether it's helping find issues in applications, speaking at events, or just grabbing coffee and chatting.