How to Use Matrix and Fishbone Diagram [Free Download Templates]

Posted on August 7th, 2019 in Tips | No Comments »

Some XMind friends have been using matrix and fishbone to create magic. But these two diagrams appear to be mysteries to many. The various terms like Eisenhower chart, SWOT diagram, cause-and-effect chart, Ishikawa diagram confuse us all. So what are they? And what’s the difference? How do they compare to other typical tree charts? Here is the brief answer below.

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Open XMind Attachment Directly from Gmail

Posted on August 1st, 2019 in Tips | 1 Comment »

The mailbox is a small wonderland where holds ideas, notes, memos, etc. We use the attachment to supplement our emails, however, download attachment can sometimes be a bit not that necessary.

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Get Presentation Ready with XMind: ZEN

Posted on July 18th, 2019 in Tips, XMind: ZEN | No Comments »

Speaking of presentation, we might first come up with fancy animations, well-designed slides, even like motion pictures.
You can search for tons of presentation templates on the Internet, but the presentation really matters about styling? Fancy animation? Instead, it’s more than that.

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Topic Link – A Magic Carpet Ride on Mind Mapping

Posted on June 26th, 2019 in Tips, XMind: ZEN | No Comments »

We might create a new sheet from the current topic and elaborate them freely. Then, inspiration falls, you’ve found the current topic can be linked back to the previous topic on the first sheet. Switching back and forward definitely knocks you out. Topic Link was born last year and is a child that easily neglected, but with a simple click of a button, providing with a new fantastic point of view.

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Nah. No Blur Anymore.

Posted on June 19th, 2019 in Tips, XMind: ZEN | 5 Comments »

Photo by Joshua Newton on Unsplash

Jot down ideas directly on topics and flow with what’s going on in mind is exciting yet efficient. But once the words are overload, it would be better to use images to carry the ideas. One picture is worth thousands of words.

But, here’s the problem, when it comes to files export, the image gets blurred. When zooming in at presentation, it looks creepy at the contrast with clear topic lines and shapes.

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URL Scheme – From XMind to Productivity Paradise

Posted on May 22nd, 2019 in Tips, XMind: ZEN | No Comments »

URL Scheme can be inserted and opened in XMind: ZEN on macOS now. You can start an app or trigger specific actions when your app opens when inserting a related URL Scheme into it.

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Revive with XMind: ZEN Update for this Spring

Posted on May 6th, 2019 in Uncategorized | 16 Comments »

The buzzing of the bees, the growing willow trees, and the mild breeze. Blossom by blossom the spring begins, and XMind: ZEN Update 201904 rings. Start a treasure hunt with us, and see what are the latest features in this update.

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In Reminiscence of Tony Buzan

Posted on April 25th, 2019 in Featured | 1 Comment »

Here the author placed the image of a grave

Photo by Josh Applegate on Unsplash

Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill.

Tony Buzan

13th April 2019, the lighthouse of mind mapping harbour faded. Tony Buzan, the promoter of mnemonic systems and mind mapping techniques, closed his eyes but left us with his incredible fortune which he spent his life to popularise and make it well-known…

He is best known for his speed reading and mind mapping techniques. His work on mind mapping has been turned into 100 best-sellers, translated into 150 languages and read by millions of people worldwide.

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Demystifying the War between Hand-drawn Mind Maps and Digital Mind Maps

Posted on April 12th, 2019 in Discussion, Featured | No Comments »

The author placed a photo of an architecture which has two distinct part facing each other, like a confrontation

Photo by Vitor Monteiro on Unsplash

It is a war that thousands will join. The longhand group insists that digital mind maps are trash. The digital side fights back fiercely by throwing out powerful features of the software. To outsiders, the debate seems to be mind-mapping exclusive. However, when the arguments move on, it is inevitably pointing to larger issues, on paper or software?

Which one is better? Is it possible to balance between them? These questions led us to make Lighten 2, a complete redesign and reimagination of mind mapping tools. However, before we unravel why Lighten 2 has settled the war, let’s resolve the myths of hand-writing and digital typing in this article.

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Cracking the Agile Project Management

Posted on March 13th, 2019 in Discussion | 1 Comment »

The Agile Scrum framework entails five steps: visioning, planning, sprint, shipping and retrospective

Agile project management differs from traditional methods for its emphasis on the short feedback loops and adaptive cycles. By constantly releasing increments, advocates believe the Agile process is more adaptive to customer value and need.

It was first introduced in the 1990s to replace the heavyweight waterfall methodologies. The early 2000s witnessed a milestone to Agile methods. As ten prestigious practitioners, including Jeff Sutherland, co-presented the famous Manifesto for Agile Software Development. Since then, many work practices have evolved. Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Feature-Driven-Development (FDD), and Test-Drive-Development (TDD) are just a few of those. However, no matter what they change, the essential principles stay the same, to “de-risk” the business by iterative development, shortened feedback loops, and adaptive planning.

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