Once a map exists, many users find VisiMap a useful way to move forward. “Onsite minute taking” and “planning agendas” get frequent mentions. “Sharing first drafts with users allow for virtual brainstorms”, commented a user. “Seeing the range of complexity reduces tension”, said another. Other users note visual maps’ ability to “establish and maintain an overview”, essential when multiple concerns and details tend to cloud the big picture. Maps are a useful way to maintain status reports. “Recording phone calls” is another way to keep the record straight.
Organizing one’s work and one’s life sparked many responses. “I use it for
job analysis and see the relationship of tasks”, says Kathryn McKee, the
co-author of Leading People Through Disasters, who first learned about the
software when working for Standard Chartered Bank as a Human Resources
executive. She should know because she experienced and had to deal with six
disasters in seven years.
Glen Hammond, a Manitoba based college instructor uses VisiMap to summarize ideas for a fast review before teaching. Another user creates a mini portal for access to other documents on his company network and the web. The ability to create “hyperlinks to frequently used sources” is one of VisiMap’s strengths. A daily task list developed by another user indicates both the number of tasks and their relationships. Such use allows one to streamline work in chunks and groupings, a decidedly more effective use of time. One used VisiMap “for setting up and planning a new business”. Dafydd Lewis has used it to document the McKinsey Seven S framework.