Early Aspects 2004: 
Aspect-Oriented Requirements Engineering and Architecture Design

Workshop March 22, 2004, Lancaster, UK

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Early Aspects

In conjunction with 3rd International Conference on Aspect-Oriented Software Development 
March 22-26, 2004,
Lancaster, UK

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How to Mind Map

A mind map consists of a central word or concept; around the central word you draw the 5 to 10 main ideas that relate to that word. You then take each of those child words and again draw the 5 to 10 main ideas that relate to each of those words.

The Mind Map has four essential characteristics:

  1. The subject of attention is crystallized in a central image.
  1. The main themes of the subject radiate from the central image as branches.
  1. Branches comprise a key image or key word printed on an associated line.  Topics of lesser importance are also represented as branches attached to higher-level branches.
  1. The branches form a connected nodal structure.

 Tony Buzan, p59 "The Mind Map Book" BBC Books 1995

So, begin by putting the main topic or point of focus in the center of the page, use keywords. Think three-dimensionally. Don't get stuck in one area. If you dry up in one area go to another branch. Break boundaries. If you run out of space, don't start a new sheet; paste more paper onto the map. (Break the 8x11 mentality.)

Be creative, get involved and have fun.