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Mind2Chart add-in for MindManager 7 and 8

Price: US$79.00

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What is this Product?

Mind2Chart add-in is easy to use powerful and laconic planning tool.
It's ideal for teams and individuals. Because of its very simple interface and autocalculations Mind2Chart perfectly meets needs of even non-professional Project Managers.
Mind2Chart combines benefits of the three powerful techniques:

  • Mind Mapping technique
  • Gantt charting
  • WBS scheme

Key benefits:

  • Complete integration in mindmapping suite no external applications required.
  • Intuitive interface, all common project management tasks are covered with no redundant extra functionality.
  • No additional information, Mind2Chart add-in operates only with information that is visible and editable within the main mindmapping suite interface. Other members of project team can work with the plan even without the add-in installed.
  • Two-way instant synchronization with the mind map.

Learn How Much Does Your Project Planning Really Cost for You

Irrespectively if you are professional or non-professional Project Manager your time costs a lot. You could spend it on the creative ideas development, solution of non-trivial tasks that nobody but you can do, on strategic planning or work with the project specific character – on everything that we love in Project Management. 

Project Manager hourly rate varies much depending on industry and required experience. It can start at $60 and rich $200 and more. And it’s just factual cost – the value of creative ideas or strategic planning is hard to estimate. But even if we speak about $100 for an hour of your work – your time costs a lot.

Even if you are developing the plan of the successful learning year or working on some student research project – you could spend your time on developing the ideas that would work for your future.

How much time do you spend on the routine work in Project Planning? Observe Project Scope; build Work Breakdown Structure; create the schedule with all nuances and interdependencies… All of this eats up your time. Then you start allocating the resources – and each of them has its own nuances, for example, wants to go on leave in a certain time…

And how much time is spent to analyze the Project Plan, change it, check progress and represent it for the other stakeholders?

You spend some time even to go into the heart of the project and realize state of affairs.

Here we don’t mention those intellectual efforts that you make for this work instead of having an extra hour for healthy sleep.

7 Ways Your Time And Money Are Leaking By and 7 Properties of the Right Planning Tool

  • Why should you spend your time on searching the button you need or selecting different menu items to perform some simple operation?

The research was conducted and it was discovered that a user spends about 2-5 seconds to find necessary item in the complicated GUI or switch between screens of different applications. For one session of work with such tasks as Project Management tasks a user performs about 20-40 such operations. Let’s take 3 seconds and 20 operations. Project Manager has 3-4 work sessions in a day. It’s just 3 minutes in a day… But it is 1 hour in a month. Or 100$ if we take such rate as an average.

Planning Tool should save your time when creating the Project Plan and working with it. Tool should be easy-to-use and optimally organized.

  • Why should you spend your time on recalculating tasks dates and duration after adding a new task with dependencies; or on schedule restructuring after signing the permission for leave for your Team Leader?

Let’s evaluate the time lost here. Surely it depends much on a case and project complexity. Approximately to resolve such issue with common tools a user spend from 10 minutes to 1 hour. As research shows well planned project with low risks has 5-6 such issues in a month. Let’s take just 10 minutes and 6 issues – it is one more hour or 100$ in a month.

Planning Tool should save your time for making changes and at the same time take into account all details. Created Project Plan is to be comprehensible, full and agile.

  • Why should you spend your time on looking trough all the bookmarks, all screens, reading comparing different notes when trying to imagine the full picture of the project?

A user spends 2-5 minutes to observe the project and make its picture in mind. Let’s take 3 minutes as difference between work time in the tool with good visualization and intricate one. It’s daily work – so it is 1 hour of routine work in a month or 100$ spent for bookmarks and screens.

Planning Tool should save your time on going into the heart of the project and observing the progress. Project Plan is to be represented in visual clear form as well as completeness notes.

  • Why should you spend your time on recalculating task duration for each person with partial employment or involved in several tasks? Why should you remember about all the holidays including Company Birthday of your partners?

Let’s suppose that a user spend 30 minutes once in a month to deal with changed working schedule and new project team members and about 1-2 hours monthly to reallocate executors or other resources between tasks. It is about 2 hours monthly – or 200$.

Planning Tool should save your time on mistakes correction and let customize your schedule. Project Plan is to include the majority of meaningful details and nuances.

  • Why should you spend your time on looking through all the tasks to detect the problem ones and analyzing their effect on other ones?

Time losses here mostly depend on how the process is organized. Very row and minimal estimations give about 30 minutes – 1 hour to do it. And it should be performed at least once in a week. Let’s take 30 minutes as time loss and we get 2 hours or 200$ in a month.

Planning Tool should save your time on Risk Management. It should give an opportunity to detect problems and analyze hidden risks.

  • Why should you spend your time on collecting and entering all up-to-date information from your Team members and then sharing it?

Commonly a manager collects all team members reports, analyzes them and inputs the results into the joint plan and then shares it to all Team Members.  Research was conducted for two variants: when a manager does it daily – spending about 30 minutes in a day – and weekly – spending about 1.5 hour in a week. Let’s take the minimal variant – it will be 6 hours in a month or 600$.

Planning Tool should save your time on the team work. Project Plan is to be easily manageable and shareable.

  • Why should you spend your time on composing reports for your clients and top management, creating invoices or selecting the main information?

A manager makes reports at least once in a month. Reports can be different – let’s take 3 types of them. To compose and review one report a manager spends from 1 – 1.5 hour. Let it be 3 hours in a month – it is 300$.

Planning Tool should save your time on Reporting. Reports about project status, estimations are to be automated.

If we sum all time and money costs we’ll get 16 hours or 1600$. That’s a lot – don’t you think so?

Features & Benefits

Benefits of Mind2Chart:

  • Complete integration in MindManager Pro 7® and MindManager 8, no external applications required. One doesn’t have to switch from one application to another one, from one screen to another one. User can observe the mmap, the Project Plan and the Schedule simultaneously.
  • Extremely easy-to-use intuitive interface, all common project management tasks are covered with no redundant extra functionality.
  • Visualization,Gantt charting technique is used combined with the easy navigation and various coloring options.
  • No additional information, Mind2Chart add-in operates only with information that is visible and editable within MindManager® interface. It speeds up functioning and increases compatibility options.
  • Easy sharing, the use of only MindManager native data lets other members of project team work with the plan even without the add-in installed. Mind2Chart also supports working in Mindjet Connect.
  • Two-way instant synchronization with the mind map.
  • Schedule work automation, it is easy to compose the Schedule by the mindmap and to change it as soon as all Dates, Duration recalculations take into account task dependencies, customizable working schedule(s), resources characteristics – and they are automated.
  • Resource Management, Mind2Chart proposes handy tools to manage resources: allocate them, estimate their cost, create custom schedule for each item, and take into account such details as leave dates and partial employment for the executors, for example.
  • Easy Reporting, Mind2Chart provides reports about tasks and their implementation; resources and their loading; total cost report that can be used when composing invoices for the client. All reports are in ready-to-print form.

Mind2Chart feature list:

  • Assign mindmap topics (all or selected ones) to Mind2Chart – to use them as Project Plan tasks.
  • Set Key Dates of the project, schedule tasks, set Duration.
  • Set Dependencies between tasks, automatically modify plans according to them.
  • Set Milestones.
  • Build Gantt Chart.
  • Allocate and manage all kinds of resources (e.g. human resources) for the project tasks, take into account resource limitations when planning – such as loading and personal schedule.
  • Set Resource Item Cost.
  • Create custom Master Schedule.
  • Reuse created Master Schedule and Resource Settings for other mmaps.
  • Use coloring options to mark different task types.
  • Set completeness percent for each task.
  • Detect problem tasks.
  • Detect Critical Path.
  • Get Reports: Tasks Spreadsheet, Resource Allocation Sheet, Total Cost Spreadsheet (is used for invoices). Reports are in MS Excel format.
  • Print Gantt Chart and Schedule.
  • Export data to MS Project.
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