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Meet the programming methodology based on mind maps

Clóvis Wichoski
April 30, 2020
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Work with software development today is quite complex for a programmer. Generally, some common problems occur in the middle of the process, something very different from mind map programming.

A major issue is that the professional always needs to align the needs of the business to what will be developed. However, in many cases the customer still does not know what he really needs and only discovers a few things in the middle of the process. So, the programmer makes several reworks that require hours of analysis just to find out where to do them.

This scenario is unusual in mind map programming, as both can act almost together, understanding the idea and developing the software. Besides, changes, maintenance and other tasks that require rewriting the code are made in a much easier way.

In this article, we will talk about aspects of this style of programming, additionally we will show its advantages over old methods. But before going into these in-depth questions, let’s see a little about what a mind map is.

What are Mind Maps?

The mind map was created in the 60’s by the British Tony Buzan aiming to organize data of a given theme harmoniously in a diagram. Thus, our brain, via cognitive processes, can understand and memorize a set of information easily and quickly.

For that to happen, mind maps have symbols, arrows, colors and phrases that associate and summarize the content. All data is organized from these correlations that help, for example, to understand how something works.

In this example, we could imagine the division of sectors for someone who want to open a bakery. With a mind map, this entrepreneur can visualize everything he will need to plan actions and outline strategies to help him in the start his business.

In the center of the map, it would be the company that would connect to some areas such as kitchen, service and cashier. Then, the ideal would be to connect each sector to employees, necessary items, etc. That is, everything that is essential for the bakery to work perfectly.

How does mind maps programming work?

Imagine that you must make a software to manage the processes of this same bakery. It would most likely be necessary to map all of these steps described above and several others, right? In addition, it would also be necessary to create logics for each database, configure the layout etc., wouldn’t it?

Mind maps programming facilitates all of these processes involved in software development. With it, it is possible to design the applications without writing the lines of code from the beginning. That is, you can assemble the skeleton of the entire application in a simple-to-understand tool.

Thus, the shape of the application is much freer and opens ways for the professional to express ideas, attributes and validations. After all, they will all be visualized on a mind map that will then be implemented as software.

What are the advantages of mind maps programming?

The first major benefit of programming with mind map is the reduction of time in the delivery of work. This is because the development is done five times faster, when compared to the traditional method, because the professional can easily assemble the scope and change it very quickly.

In addition, a division of tasks that would be done by about five programmers can be performed by just one person. After all, the entire skeleton of the software would be visualized in an organized mind map and linked agile by a professional who has the general point of view of the project.

Finally, programming with a mind map also provides proof of the future, keeping ideas going even if technologies change. That is, if a programming language, device (or anything else) is no longer used, you just need to reconfigure the map so that it works according to the novelty.

It is worth mentioning that this also applies to the design, as the layout can be easily modified on the map. This way, you won’t have to rewrite all the code every time the customer requests a change in the visual language of the software.

From programming with mind map, developers are able to solve their most common problems. After all, this new technology helps to scale work, reduces reworks and streamlines all processes. This method is the future of development and programmers need to be prepared to work that way.

 

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Clóvis Wichoski

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CEO Mapperidea
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