Rahima Begum, Community Regeneration Officer for Southern Housing Group, discusses how she uses Mindjet to help brainstorm, plan and track ideas and meetings, as well as collaborating in The Cloud.
Tell us a bit about yourself. (Your job, organisation, and your technical ability!)
I work for Southern Housing Group as a Community Regeneration Officer. I work with volunteers and clients that come to our community centres to learn basic computer sills.
Why did you look for this tool in the first place? What did you need help with?
During meetings with colleagues or volunteers there are a lot of ideas and action points required, but writing notes on paper isn't always the best way to capture ideas and disseminate information. Hence, Mindjet came into mind, to help creatively brainstorms and capture the best ideas as well as organising, planning and tracking action points.
How did you find out about the tool?
I found out about Mindjet through people that have dyslexia, as it is one of the most useful tools for many dyslexic people and generally for everyone.
What is this tool mainly used for?
Mindjet is mainly used for brainstorming, organising, and managing projects from anywhere. Using a visual framework, Mindjet can keep you and your team on point, on task, and on time. Lay out thinking visually to outline options and connect ideas in smart new ways to create breakthroughs in problem solving. Guide and manage teams from a computer, mobile device, or the web. Share work in real-time with social task management that keeps everyone on track. Assign tasks and track progress for increased productivity. Work smart to hit your goals and get the job done.
What do YOU use it for?
I use Mindjet to organise and plan my work schedule and projects, particularly because of the creative and visual features this tool has. I have also used Mindjet to take minutes in a meeting, using a tablet for a simplified version.
What have been the benefits of using this tool?
It's very quick and easy to brainstorm ideas and plan projects using Mindjet.
Is there any cost attached to using this tool?
Certain versions are free, but most have a cost attached. There is a 30 day free trial available.
Are there any online tutorials available?
There are some tutorials on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/mindjet
Did this tool need much of your or a colleague’s time to set up at the beginning?
No, maybe half an hour maximum.
Are there any limitations to using this tool?
Free versions are limited.
Do you have any top tips for using this tool?
It's very useful for jotting down ideas when you're on the move, for example on your mobile when you're travelling.