Innovate on the whiteboard

Gather data. Jot ideas.  Explore options. Stay focused while viewing the bigger picture. Generate compelling summaries.  Iterate.

A clean data model and storage

A mind map

Innovation requires being very open minded.

Open minded people quickly come up with lots of data to consider.  This is where the map view mode comes into play.  Data is visually organized with links and hierarchy between concepts.

Unlike traditional mind maps, Qinaps acknowledges things are not always hierarchical.  Qinaps elements may have multiple parents because there can be several roles for a single one.  In the example above (hardware product), repairability contributes to defining costs, but also product physics and qualitative requirements.

Several vantage points

A mind map

The classic problem with mind maps and creative people, is that the maps tends to outgrow screen size!

This is why Qinaps has introduced viewpoints. Sift through elements, choose visual layout.

Depending on current purpose, one can view and work on their data set with both focus and bird’s eye view.

In the example above we’re showing the same elements (product size, weight, …) in a different viewpoint where some neighbours have been hidden, some others shown. Elements are positioned for user to work on operations process for manufacturing.

All connected with linear view as a document

animated image showing dragging a text block into table of content

With Qinaps, a mind map is transformed into a document.  Because sometimes one needs to write a story to get things done!  It’s hard to get a team to do something with just a map.

Each map element possess a text content (and much more, but we’ll see that later).  These are assembled to create a document.

And the content is connected!.

In the example above, user drags elements into a table content, with any ordering they like, and they get a linear document. The real magic (sic) is that linear document and map elements point to the same text content.

A document generated by Qinaps

Et voilà! This document lives along with the map.

Content is edited in the document or in the map.

Map gives perspective, helps user to see the global picture. Document gives logic, arguments, and action.

Typically, innovation process will iterate several viewpoints, document structures and versions before getting to decision time.

Check these feateures in our features section.