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Brainstorming is an excellent technique for identifying new ideas and recognizing previously unknown threats and opportunities. But brainstorming sessions, if not managed effectively, can also generate a deluge of information that overwhelms the participants and leads to inaction. This article profiles six software programs for developing mindmaps. In doing so, it overviews the benefits of using mindmaps. It then explains the advantages and shortcomings of using the six featured mindmapping programs: FreeMind, FreePlane, Xmind, NovaMind, iMindMap, and MindView.
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