Can a mind map help improve refinements?

Yamini Hundare
6 min readFeb 24, 2023

The original article was published for GoRetro

Let’s start with understanding what a mind map is. A mind map is a simple diagram that allows you to visually represent information. It helps distributed teams to brainstorm, plan projects, map out information architecture, create org charts and develop sales strategies. A mind map is a free-flowing depiction of thoughts that branch out from a central concept. Mind maps boost creativity, assist in problem-solving, and can help connect relevant information.

This technique was first introduced by Tony Buzan, and its popularity is on the rise.

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How can a mind map support the teams during refinement?

Both virtual and in-person refinement sessions can benefit from the mind map concept. When introducing the topic for the first time, begin by discussing it and allowing the team to brainstorm. Brainstorming can be accomplished by drawing a mind map to represent the thinking process.

Use a keyword to write the main concept at the center of the form, which is sometimes accompanied by an image. Ask the team to write all the questions they have. For example, why are we building it? The main purpose of introducing this topic? Who are the stakeholders? How do we plan to implement it? Do we need UI/UX…



Yamini Hundare

I am an aspiring writer who loves to write about agile mindset, my own experiences and children's stories. I am a published author.