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Mind Mapping and Prototype Designing Considered - Problems Using 2D Schedule Modeling

June 06, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 180

Can we use a mind mapping concept drawing to help us understand the flows of building an idea into a prototype, and then bringing it into fruition? The reason I ask is that not long ago I was talking to a gentleman who wanted to create a specific prototype, in this case a vehicle and he wanted to segment the parts of the vehicle using a mind map. One branch would be the frame, another the motor, and yet, another the controls. Okay so, let's talk about this for second shall we?

You see, when we talked about the frame, we also considered the controls of the vehicle and how they would be attached to the frame, and he thought that perhaps the control system, the steering wheel, steering, and linkage would be part of the frame. But then again I reasoned that the control linkage going to the motor such as the gas pedal would really be part of the motor and engine.

Then we discussed the body, but he said really the body and frame would be on the same branch. Perhaps they would, and what about the heating and air-conditioning system, or the defogger, or radio antenna which became part of the glass, which is part of the body?

Do you see the problem we're getting into? Next, I'd like to make a statement that might also be worthy of note. We talked about the propulsion system, as who says this prototype vehicle has to run by a standard reciprocating engine using fuels such as gasoline or diesel? Perhaps it might be a hybrid system, perhaps run off of batteries, hydrogen cell, or some other new type of alternative energy. Then I asked what if the battery was actually the body of the vehicle, something that some MIT kids came up with?

Well then in that case the body would be part of the propulsion system, not part of the frame or on that particular branch. In many regards if you are going to do creative thinking and design a prototype, you need to be able to bypass such structured thinking to make it all work. I would submit to you that you need to see the prototype as one without trying to categorize all the parts - at least not at first because if you do, you are liable to build an automobile which looks just like every other automobile already on the road with four tires, four wheels, a steering wheel, and relatively a similar design.

If you were going to build something revolutionary, you have to think outside the box, and off the grid. That also means you need to ditch your mind maps, structured thinking, and get into the creative flow. Nothing disturbs the creative flow more than super-tight analytical thinking relegated and then confinement to project management before you've actually designed the prototype. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Innovation in America. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank;

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