Microsoft Visio is an excellent computer tool that makes it easy to create and design vector diagrams and drawings. It is very useful for creating mind maps and diagrams quickly and easily. And for brainstorming it is a very effective tool, since it allows you to diagram ideas and organize them easily.
Here’s how to draw a brainstorming diagram in Visio step-by-step as your coworkers brainstorm. Although if this application is not useful for you, you could also try making a professional outline in Word to organize the approaches that you think are relevant.
Create Brainstorming Diagram in Visio
To get started, launch Visio and on the template category page, click “Company,” then “Brainstorming Diagram.” Finally, click on the “Create” button. Also, you can start by going to the “File” tab, select “New” from the menu, then “Company” and double-click on “Brainstorming Diagram”.
A file will open with a blank page where you can start drawing your diagram. On the left side you will have a panel with all the necessary elements to structure your brainstorming. You can drag each element that corresponds to the drawing area and edit it as you prefer.
A brainstorming diagram begins with a main topic in the center of the page. From the “Brainstorming Shapes” panel, drag the “main topic” shape onto the blank page. With the shape selected, type the text that represents the main idea.
Next come the child topics that will be connected to the main topic but subordinate to it, similar to how you would do a mind map in Word . To add child topics, select the parent topic form and on the “Brainstorming” tab, in the “Add topics” group, select “Add child”.
To add multiple child topics at once, on the “Brainstorming” tab, select the “multiple child topics” option. With this, a dialog box will appear where you can write the new topics, pressing the ENTER key between each one. Finally, click on “OK”.
Add ideas and organize them in brainstorming
After you have a basic outline with the main topic and the most important subtopics, you can begin to place subordinate ideas to the different subtopics. Remember that each idea can be at the same level as a topic or can be in a hierarchy lower than this.
For this, select the topic to which you want to add subordinate ideas. Then, go to the “Brainstorming” tab, in the “Add topics” group, click on “various subtopics”. Several new forms will be created connected to the selected topic, where you can write the ideas in question.
Thus, as more ideas arise in your work group, you can add different subtopics and organize them properly in a simple way. Remember that when adding a new idea you must be clear if it is at the same level or subordinate to another. Hierarchical ideas is also important you use CmapTools to make concept maps or other schemes of this style.
Therefore, in the “Brainstorming” tab, under “Add topics”, you must correctly select between “peer item” or “child topic”. Thus, you will be able to see the correct hierarchy of ideas.
On the other hand, Visio allows you to edit and configure the different shapes, themes and ideas quickly through the contextual menu, which you can see by pressing the right button and selecting a shape. In this menu you can edit the font, the style of the shape, and even add more ideas.
You can also add graphic icons that you can place next to certain ideas to highlight their importance, urgency or some other call of attention to the topic. There are many options available to personalize your brainstorming in a unique and creative way.
Take advantage of all the tools Visio offers you to create organization charts , schedules, calendars, outlines, and much more. In this way you can facilitate your business, group or personal planning work and make it more dynamic and flexible in just a few easy steps.