Brian Kennemer posted a message on APM referencing Mind Jet's new Blogs. Hobie Swan's Mindjet Weblog and and Mike Jetter's weblog. I'm a big fan of this product having gotten in on the Beta testing cycle.
But the critical benefit is Mind Management in general directly supports IMP/IMS (Integrated Master Plan / Integrated Master Schedule) style project management. This approach defines Program Events (PE), Significant Accomplishments (SA), and Accomplishment Criteria (AC) then the tasks to deliver on the criteria. All these elements roll-up in a project file to measure the maturity of the program.
The passage of time does not measure maturity, only the accomplishment of the SA's. The AC's define the "exit criteria" for each SA, while the tasks of course are where the work takes place.
IMP/IMS provides a direct means to ask and answer "what does done look like?"
s well IMP/IMS is a natural partner to 0%/100% style software development process like XP and Scrum as well as more general purpose project management control processes.
"What does done look like" is a powerful question, almost never answered in flirt blush, since the measurable aspects of "done" are not defined in the traditional horizontal planning process.
The passage of time does not measure maturity
Should be tattooed on every project manager. Once this is understood the use of horizontal planning will cease to be useful. Switching to verticle planning (IMP/IMS) becomes the lingua franca of successful projects.