If you have been following the conversation between myself and Steve Rothwell (Reading UK) on the April 13th posting, you will be excited to see Steve’s maps today. Idea Maps #10 and #11 (above) prove that your maps don’t need to follow any rules or be beautiful to be effective. I’ll let Steve describe this map in his own words:
“This was done at the bottom of my garden in a bound notebook and using an old Parker ballpoint. I had been sitting idly when inspiration struck. The purpose of this map was to capture embryonic thoughts as quickly as possible before the moment was lost. I was constrained by the notebook shape and size; hence the maps have a tendency to grow down and to the right. In places the lower map wanders up and to the left. How many rules does this break, I hear you ask?

I drew these in less than 2 minutes (and it shows) however these simple scribbles have driven major developments in my career.”