MindServe Group, a reseller of Inspiration visual mapping software, has announced the pending launch of a new e-book, Visual Process Mapping, authored by Dr. Jerry Talley. This comprehensive program, which is delivered on CD-ROM, provides a rich set of resources to help newcomers to understand the basics of process management, strategies for mapping business processes in Inspiration, and how you can improve a process once you have created an initial map of it. It provides instructions that will help you to develop process flow charts for a variety of business applications (planning, quality control, hiring) and across business areas (manufacturing, sales, HR), regardless of your proficiency.
Yes, Inspiration is technically a mind mapping program. But because it doesn’t hog tie you to having one central topic, you can easily utilize it to map ideas or process steps in relation to each other, quickly and flexibly.
The book is presented as a series of linked Inspiration maps and outlines (the medium is the message!), and offers numerous examples of the different types and applications of process maps. I found Jerry’s instructions and explanations to be concise, informative and clearly written. He also is very proficient at making Inspiration sit, beg and roll over – I didn’t realize the program could be used to present this much information, with such clarity. Bravo! This unique e-book also briefly covers the challenges of sharing visual maps within corporate environments where such non-linear presentations of information and knowledge aren’t readily accepted.
The author, Jerry Talley, is the founder of Organizational Diagnostics, a Bay Area firm started in 1984 specializing in diagnostic surveys to identify organizational problems. His current practice (under the banner of J.L. Talley & Associates) spans process design, advanced problem solving, and knowledge management.
Visual Process Mapping will be priced at US$69.95, and should be available some time in mid-November. For more details on this valuable tool, please visit the MindServe Blog.