Projects at Work

A Better Project Map

Mind-mapping tools and techniques go beyond the limitations of rudimentary Microsoft Project plans and Excel issues lists, allowing project leaders to visually define project scope, identify potential risks, assign tasks, and capture meeting minutes.

Andrew Makar

IT Program Manager

Dr. Andrew Makar is an IT program manager and the author of several Micr…
How do you determine your project's scope? PMP-certified project professionals and others know the textbook answer is to refer to a scope planning process to produce a formal scope statement. A scope statement provides project justification, key deliverables and project objectives, while scope definition processes further divide the major project deliverables into manageable components. This textbook approach, however, doesn't provide tactical tools to develop and define a project's scope. Scope statements are often the result of brainstorming multiple ideas and gleaning the best candidates.
Mind mapping tools can be an effective, tactical alternative for brainstorming a project's scope…

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