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2016 Annual Report: Most Popular Mind Map Uses

In our Annual Survey, we like to try and learn as much about participants mind mapping habits as possible. As a result, one of our key set of questions each year relates to the tasks participants use mind maps for the most. Lets explore some of the trends that emerged from this question:

We asked participants: In the last week, have you used mind mapping for any of the following tasks? The chart below shows their responses:

As observed in the full report, the results of this question illustrate an interesting point, which is that in spite of the marketing emphasis on mind mapping as a collaborative tool, most still seem to find the greatest benefit when using it on an individual basis. Tasks explicitly involving others, such as "brainstorming with colleagues" and "planning a project with others" take the 8th and 9th spots respectively, with just under a 3rd of participants suggesting they had utilised mind maps in that way in their working week, compared to the nearly 80% who said they has used mind maps for brainstorming by themselves in the same timeframe.

So, why do so many get use from mind mapping as a tool for brainstorming alone? Here's what Liam Hughes had to say on the matter in the 2016 Annual Report: "Many people find the mind mapping tools help them hugely in putting structure into what may (at first) be unstructured ideas and information. Mind mapping tools are by far and away the best means of capturing lots of disconnected ideas and information, then starting to put them together into a coherent and structured whole."

In an open question, we also asked participants to let us know the 3 tasks that they use mind mapping for the most. The below graphic clearly shows us the most prevalent answers:

"Planning" is by far the dominant feature in this word cloud, with "brainstorming" making another strong appearance. In the Annual Report, Liam Hughes reflects on the remarkable consistency between this result and the results obtained when the same question was posed in last year's survey:

"If you look back at the 2015 Annual Report, you’ll see remarkable consistency between the word cloud below, and the 2015 version. We wrote in 2015 that this could be seen as vali- dation of the role that mind mapping can play as the up-front thinking and planning tool in a number of processes. Once again this seems a fair assertion to make based on what we are learning from over 1,000 mind map users."

Let us know your thoughts on these, or any of the results published in our 2016 Annual Report, via Twitter, using the hashtag: #BPAR16

You can download the full Annual Report by clicking here!

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Barney is Community Manager at Biggerplate and shares user stories, mind mapping tips, and other news and updates from our global member community!
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