Flow Charts LO30337

From: AM de Lange (amdelange@postino.up.ac.za)
Date: 07/09/03

Replying to LO30328 --

Dear Organlearners,

Andrew Steele <andrew@cnet.org> wrote:

>I've been finding that use of Mind Mapping approaches leaves
>me with a more flexible, less apparently rigid picture. A Mind
>Map could be transformed into a more conventional flow chart
>in due course but my own experience is that the Mind Map
>leaves a deal more freedom in the creation.

Greetings dear Andrew,

I like the way in which this topic is developing by your own contribution.

I am of a similar opinion that flow charts employ some formalism which
makes it difficult to produce them. I have used them extensively to keep
track of progarmming a complex computer application. Tony Buzan's Mind
Mapping has much less formalism because it focus only on the basic pattern
-- "becoming-being". It concerns liveness, one of the 7Es (seven
essentialities of creativity).

Connecting "beings" and "becomings" together result in what i have called
"diagrams" for the lack of a better name for them. I have done it for many
different subjects ranging from chemistry to philosophy. After having
produced many such diagrams, i became aware that some patterns are common
to these diagrams. But i hesistate to dicuss these patterns, although they
are very interesting, since it may lead to formalism just as in the case
of flow charts.

This made me sensitive to a curious problem -- how to let the mind act
creatively without having formalism standing in the way! I think that Alan
Cotterell provided some of the solution:

> I find the best way to write procedures is to first take
> notes on the process, then derive a flowchart.

The key to produce any "becoming-being" diagram is meticulous observation.
Observe, observe and observe! Then adapt the diagram procedures to reflect
what is observed rather than the other way around.

With care and best wishes


At de Lange <amdelange@postino.up.ac.za> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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