How to… use Categories

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What are Categories?

Categories can be applied to map branches. Categories can have an associated icon. Icons are used to easily and quickly differentiate between different categories.

Categories allow you to visually group or track branches at a glance and quickly analyse and understand the mapped information. Once Categories have been assigned you can sort and filter the map based on these categories.

Categories can be applied for many purposes; helping get clarity on ideas captured during a brainstorm session, reviewing documentation, identifying priorities / severities / risk, to indicate project status, to reach and indicate decisions, etc.

Combined with the analysis tools at your disposal for filtering and viewing your data, Categories bring a whole new dimension to your business mapping.

Where will I find Categories?

Categories are contained in the “Categories” part of the Analyze Ribbon.

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How best can I use Categories?

MindGenius Category Gallery contains pre-installed Category Sets (e.g. Brainstorming grouping; Impact Analysis; Decision making, Performance review, Risk….and more….

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Choose “More Categories” within the Gallery to reveal available Category Sets and to be able to add any to the Gallery.

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Assign Categories to a map by selecting a Branch or Branches and simply click on the Category Icon you want to assign. This places the Category icon on to the selected Branch.

The Category Dropper tool allows you to “pick up” any Category and assign them quickly to map Branches.

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You can create your own Categories or rename the pre-installed MindGenius sets.

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Filtering your Map helps you to gain clarity by highlighting Branches that match criteria you set or hiding those that don’t.

Analyze and view only the relevant information.

Quick filter – one-click filtering of currently used categories.

Hide non-matching branches.

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Category Map – provides an alternative view of your information – automatically creates an affinity diagram based on the applied map Categories – a different perspective and leading to more informed decision-making.

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Data Sort – Sort and organize the map branches by: Due Date, Priority, Status..etc…

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What are the benefits of using Categories?

  • Apply to visually group and / or filter mapped information
  • Provides clarity on mapped information
  • Visual representation of many factors
  • Helps with prioritisation and decision-making
  • Saves time in interpreting information
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Colin Cooper is the CEO of Boost Your Business, the leader in marketing and business development for both large and small scale businesses. As one of the most innovative marketing specialists for over a decade, Colin and his team of business and online experts collate their years of know-how and experiences with the Boost Your Business: Body Armour for Business, an online magazine created to provide a holistic resource avenue for everything business, health, and wellness.