So far, the most effective way to capture our mental model is through a Mindmap. If you are good at programming, you can even capture your mental model as a Prolog program and it can help you make inference and do decision making. For most mortals like me, we can at least take the 1st step to draw out a mindmap.
There are many good free Mindmaping software available.
Here are some of my recommendations and comments.
Mind map based software tools:
- Freemind. http://freemind.sourceforge.net & its fork, even better, Freeplane.
- Xmind ... able to easily switch presentation forms. e.g. tree to fishbone to spreadsheet etc.
- Compendium. http://www.compendiuminstitute.org/
For the commercial ones, there are
- Mindmanager from Mindjet, Novamind, ... and many others.
- Axon: A flexible tools for all occasions even for simulation and ideas generation, graphical computation etc.
- Personal Brain : a unique ideas capturing, organizing and presentation tools.
- Even for iphone and Android phones, there are good mindmapping apps like ithought etc
Axon is an interesting combinations of many things ... a drawing tools for various types of maps, a simulation tools, an idea generator etc. Because of it computational capability, it can be used to draw Influence Diagram ... Excel formulas in Pictorial forms. It can be used for presentation and so forth. If you need processing and diagramming together without much programming needs, then Axon is a good software to use.
Web Based Collaborative Tools
Mindmeister provides not only a good web-based mind mapping tools but also provides it with real time collaborative capability. There is a free version that limit you to 3 mind-maps for you to try out.
See also: mind extender - the killer apps after office
updated 26 May 2011 - Lim Liat copyrighted 2006-2011