XMind is an easy-to-use, mature, and highly flexible mind mapping tool that is also, turns out, an effective visual tool for requirements gathering. In real-time, you can drive requirements gathering sessions, and share the results of questions and decisions using this easy visual tool. It’s also fun to use and keeps participants engaged.

First things first, you need to become familiar with Xmind. Download a free copy from Xmind.net, and start creating some mind-maps. There are two versions available, desktop and cloud. The desktop version is highly recommended as the cloud version just does not navigate as quickly (I.e. keyboard shortcuts). Create some notes during a meeting that someone else is hosting. You need to practice so that you can be quick enough to use the tool, live, during discussions. …


Gordon Jennings

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